Our staff is committed to assisting students with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations, coordinating services and creating accessibility through assistive technology and other means. The website will acquaint you with the registration process. Additionally, you will be informed of the services the office provides and the assistive technology that is available through our office.
Accommodations are based on disability documentation as well as interactive interviews between students and Disability Services staff.
The university has the right to approve or deny services requested by students which are not considered reasonable, constitute an undue burden or modify the essential elements of a course/program.
Many of the forms below are in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.
The movement from secondary to post-secondary education for students with disabilities involves significant changes in applicable laws and legal rights and responsibilities. In high school, most students with disabilities have been provided services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which is a funding statute requiring schools to identify students with special needs and to provide services (special education) for students with disabilities. IDEA does not apply to post secondary education.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to both secondary education and post-secondary education settings. These statutes are civil rights (non-discrimination) statutes and require the provision of reasonable accommodations for equal access to services and programs for qualified students.
The following pages provide a summary of the major legal differences between high school and college that students with disabilities need to understand.
For further information about services for students with disabilities at UMass Lowell, contact Disability Services. You may also wish to consult the extensive legal information about disability and higher education available from the Council on Law in Higher Education.
The staff of Disability Services acts as liaisons between students with disability and their faculty members. If a faculty member has a concern regarding classroom or teaching accommodations, he or she is urged to discuss the concern with Disability Services staff immediately. Disability Services staff will review the concern against the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act to determine whether and how the concern might be resolved.
Please read the: Reasonable Accommodations (pdf) document.
Follow Up for Related Concerns
If you do not believe that your needs are being adequately or appropriately met, you are encouraged to meet with Disability Services. DS will work with you on a case-by-case basis to attempt to resolve your concerns when feasible within the limits established by law for the provision of reasonable accommodations. If you have a concern or complaint that your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have not been met, please contact: Clara I. Orlando, Director, Equal Opportunity and Outreach, 978-934-3566.
Students who dine on campus and have a food allergy or dietary restriction should contact the dietitian to discuss the available options that support their health. You can contact the dietitian by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please watch this video for an example of the kind of conversation you should have when you bring your accommodation letter to your professor.