Disability support

At CUAA, we want to support all our students in the academic journey. In accordance with the Americans and Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and assured services and accommodations that provide equal access to the activities and programs of the university.

To establish that an individual is covered under the ADA, documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits a major life activity. If academic or classroom-based accommodations are requested, learning must be one of the major life activities affected.

What is a disability?

Under the Americans with Disability Action Section 504: A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Who is eligible for DSS?

To receive services from CU's Disability Support Services, the student, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. In addition, students must provide appropriate documentation which supports the physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

How do I register with DSS?

  • Students must apply, be accepted, and enrolled in courses at Concordia University Ann Arbor to start the process.
  • Student must complete the Application for Disability Support Services.
  • Student must submit current documentation from a licensed professional regarding disability.
  • Within 7 business days of receiving the application and documentation, the Disability Service Coordinator will contact the student to schedule an intake appointment.
  • Once the file is complete students will be informed of the outcome via CUW email within 7 days of the intake appointment.

Apply for DSS

What documentation is needed? 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities have certain protection and rights to accommodations in colleges and universities. Documentation must be recent and include an evaluation by a licensed clinical professional (who is to related to the person being evaluated) describing the current impact and limitations of the disability. This standard of documentation also applies to housing accommodation request due to physical or medical conductions. It is the student’s sole responsibility to provide recent, professional, medical document of his or her disability The documentation should include the following:

  • A comprehensive statement identifying the disability/condition, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis
  • A description of the diagnostic criteria and /or diagnostic test(s) used.
  • Treatment, medications, assistive devices/service currently prescribed or being used.
  • A description of the current functional impact/limitations of the disability.
  • Recommendations for specific accommodations and rationale for those recommendations.
  • The credentials of the diagnosing professional(s) including the training and experience which enabled the person capable of making the diagnosis(es).

Please note: most I.E.P. (Individual Educational Plans) from high school do not include the full psycho-educational testing and results required. For your convenience, you may also choose to provide your health care professional with the Disability Verification Form.

Printable Documentation Guidelines

Where can I receive an assessment if I think I have a disability?  

If you suspect you have a learning disability and need to be assessed, there are a few things you should do.

First, if you have insurance, check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for learning disability
assessments (sometimes called psycho-educational or neuro-psychological evaluations). If assessments
are covered, inquire about the process for finding a provider in your area.

Second, ask your doctor to refer you to a licensed health professional, such as a psychologist, who has the expertise to perform learning disability assessments. Oftentimes, a referral from your doctor increases the likelihood that your insurance company will cover at least part of the cost for the assessment.