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Disability Services

The Disability Services office services all students at all locations, as well as those who study online or through the self-paced program.

Our Purpose

The Disability Services Office provides resources and support to students with disabilities, as well as the faculty and staff involved in their education, in compliance with applicable law and best practices in higher education.

We provide services so students can equally enjoy the academic and student life opportunities available at UIU. Our office provides support as required by law under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) of 2008, including the following services:

  • Disability consultations
  • Accommodation applications
  • Coordination of the implementation of reasonable accommodations
  • Assistance with exams
  • Assistance with other disability-related services

Our Goals

  • Assist with personal growth, development and empowerment of students that leads toward self-advocacy.
  • Provide timely, effective and reasonable accommodations.
  • Serve as a liaison between students, faculty and staff.
  • Promote disability awareness through various outreach initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of trends and issues related to disability services in higher education.

Request for Accommodations

To request accommodations, please select the one of the following options below (all options require you to log into myUIU). Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

New Students

Returning Students

Accommodation Renewal

Accommodations are only granted for two sessions (one semester). As such, students need to renew their accommodations accordingly.

Alternate Format Textbooks

If you qualify for alternate format textbooks through the Disability Services office, please complete a Request for Accommodations as outlined above. Please note that alternate texts book requests will only be processed if the Disability Services Office receives a copy of the purchase receipt.

Sign Language Interpretation

Upper Iowa University contracts with licensed interpreters to provide communication access universitywide for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. We contract with interpreters that value the rights of deaf/hard of hearing students and support students in reaching their full potential. All interpreters meet the requirements of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). To request sign language interpretation, please complete a Request for Accommodations as outlined in that section above.

Please note the following:

  • Interpreting services may be scheduled for classes, meetings, peer tutoring and other UIU-sponsored events.
  • UIU does not have any interpreters on staff at this time. We contract with a third-party agency and assign interpreters based on availability and student need.

Service Animals

Based on the American with Disabilities Act, a service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Learn more about service animals and emotional support animals.

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Student Resources

Upper Iowa University has multiple resources that can aid students during their university career.