Student Disability Services
We follow your lead
At Student Disability Services, we are guided by a model of student empowerment. College is a time of transition, and we know that you face the same challenges as every other college student, plus the challenges related to disabilities. Even so, the successful transition into an independent, self-advocating individual should be the goal of every student. Therefore:
We don't do anything about you without you
Any action regarding access to services, seeking special assistance, or providing reasonable accommodations must be initiated by you.
We talk with you not about you
All communication in any matter related to you flows through you.
No one speaks for you or acts for you but you
We look to you to express your needs, provide us with information that will help us assist you, and keep in contact with us.
Federal law requires this. University policies require this. But most importantly, our desire to provide you with the best service in this time of transition requires this.
Mission and Vision
The mission of Student Disability Services is to assist in the creation and maintenance of a community environment where a disability is neutral; a community where services are integrated throughout the university; a community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate. Student Disability Services cooperates through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to promote individual student's independence, academic success and career goals.
What's your next step?
You've already taken an enormous step into the world of self-reliance and responsibility. You've applied to and been accepted by CMU. What is your next step? Services and support are available on campus for students who have a documented disability that significantly impacts one or more major life functions. You should consider applying for registration with Student Disability Services if:
- You have a documented disability that significantly affects major life functions.
- You had an IEP in high school.
- You are a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, Commission for the Blind or other related agency.
- You were registered with Disability Services at another college.
Decisions regarding disability-specific accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. View our accommodations page for examples.
Central Michigan University is committed to providing students with disabilities the academic accommodations and auxiliary aids necessary to ensure access to all university services, programs and activities. In addition to the university's campus-wide efforts to promote access and inclusion, students with disabilities are further accommodated based on specific individual needs. Student Disability Services provides accommodations for CMU students with permanent or temporary disabilities who choose to register with our office. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible, as accommodations are not retroactive and do not automatically carry over from high school or another institution. The registration process is simple but can take 2-3 weeks to complete.