How Does a Student Request Accommodations from Disabilities Services?

Step 1:
Contact Disabilities Services DS at 231-591-3057 or disabilities@ferris.edu to complete a request for services form.

Step 2:
Provide documentation of your disability and complete the appropriate paperwork.

Step 3:
Your documentation and forms will be reviewed and eligibility will be determined.

Step 4:
Suggestions for academic accommodations, based on your documentation, will be made.

The process of review depends in part on the nature of your disability. Our office will make a determination of eligibility. If you are found to be eligible for services, we will decide which, if any, of your requests will be granted. Decisions regarding accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. There is no standard accommodation for any particular disability.

Each category of need has its own documentation standards and, in some cases, forms. Please click on the link below to see what is required for each kind of need:

Step 5:
If your requests for accommodations are APPROVED, Disabilities Services generates a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) which documents what accommodations have been granted.

Step 6:
You will attend an intake session your first appointment with Disabilities Services and each subsequent semester you will complete an SRA appointment to maintain your registration for your services.

(NOTE: STEPS 1-6 MAY TAKE UP TO 30 DAYS. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO INITIATE THIS PROCESS WELL BEFORE THE START OF THE TERM.)

Step 7:
We will send an electronic copy to your faculty members but it is up to you to be sure they are aware of the content of this message.

If you are approved for accommodations in the middle of the semester, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with our staff as soon as possible so we may begin providing accommodations.

If you have been approved for accommodations, you must request a SRA with Disabilities Services each semester that you wish to receive accommodations.

If your requested accommodations are not approved, you are encouraged to meet with our Department Head to discuss the reasons for the denial and/or fill out the letter of appeal. At that time we may discuss further documentation that is required for review or we may review the grievance procedure with you at this time.