Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a disability?
An individual with a disability is defined as any person who "has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, or performing manual tasks), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment."

How do I qualify for services?
To be eligible for services you must provide written documentation from a qualified professional on the nature of the disability. Information should include test results and a report, functional limitations of the disability and medications, and academic recommendations. Once the documentation is received, it will be reviewed and discussed with you during an intake meeting. During the intake, appropriate accommodations will be determined.

What is a reasonable accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a disability. Some common academic accommodations include extended time on tests, use of peer note takers, and provision of sign language interpreters.

Where is the Student Disability Services (SDS) office?
Student Disability Services is located on the first floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services (SASS) suite near the 24-hour computer lab. Upon entering the SASS suite, you will be greeted by staff at the reception desk who will guide you to the Student Disability Services area.

How do I register with Student Disability Services?
If you are a student at Wayne State and you interested in registering with SDS, please fill out the online registration form.  Once the form has been received, you will be contacted by SDS staff to schedule your initial appointment. 

How do I know if I qualify for disability services?
If you are not sure if you qualify for disability services, you should fill out the online registration form.  Once the form has been received, you will be contacted by SDS staff to schedule your initial appointment. 

What services does Student Disability Services provide?
Some of the services that are provided by our office include alternative testing, interpreter and CART reporting, alternative format for textbooks, notetaking assistance, assistive technology, and use of SDS exam and study rooms. When you meet with the disability specialist, the accommodations that are appropriate and reasonable for your disability will be determined.

Does Student Disability Services provide personal services?
Student Disability Services provides accommodations and services in the academic setting. Services related to daily living needs are the responsibility of the student. This includes ownership of equipment such as a wheelchair as well as services related to personal care.

What can  I do if I encounter an accessibility issue on campus?

If an individual encounters a facility access barrier on campus, such as a malfunctioning elevator, broken automated door, or weather-related physical barrier,  he/she can report it using the following link: