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Students with Disabilities

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) coordinates DePaul University's provision of accommodations for students with documented disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

CSD Eligibility

Students seeking accommodations must first be admitted to DePaul University through the standard admissions process. Any admitted student with a permanent or temporary disability is encouraged to self-identify and request enrollment with the CSD.

CSD Enrollment Process

Students seeking accommodations are encouraged to begin the enrollment process as early as possible. The CSD receives a high volume of requests, and in fairness to all students, enrollment requests are reviewed in the order that they are received.

The following steps must be completed before a student is eligible for CSD enrollment.* All information provided to the CSD is confidential in accordance with  university policies and procedures as required by law.

    Complete the Enrollment Request Form. Every student's situation is unique. Please contact the CSD if you need assistance completing this form.
    Request that the Disability Information & Verification Form be completed by your licensed professional provider. Documentation must be current and relevant.
    Submit completed Enrollment Request Form and Disability Information & Verification Form to the CSD via email, fax, US Postal Service, or by hand delivery. The CSD will send you an email confirmation upon receipt of your documents.
    The CSD staff will review all submitted documentation. If needed, the CSD will request additional information or clarification.
    The CSD will schedule an enrollment meeting with you.** This meeting is intended to be an interactive process to discuss your academic and/or campus life challenges and successes.
    Reasonable accommodations and/or services are established collaboratively and approved by the CSD.

*Reference the CSD Disability Documentation Guidelines for additional information.

**Enrollment meetings are not schedule​d during midterm and final exam periods.

Student Responsibilities For Success

Be successful throughout the year! Follow this checklist within the first week of each quarter.

  • Review the quarter's Academic Calendar: Note important dates in your calendar (i.e. last day to add or withdraw from classes, due dates for tuition payments, registration dates for the upcoming quarter.).

  • Check your "Contact Permissions' tab in the CSD database: Make sure that your permissions accurately reflect your choices for the quarter. See Student Instructions for CSD Access for assistance on how to do so.
  • Inform ALL of your professors that you are a CSD student: Send your professors an email or schedule an appointment to meet in person. Your professors want to support you!

  • Are you taking an online course? Email your professor if you plan to use your extended time accommodation for online exams. The online coordinator sets the exam time mechanism in accordance with your professor's approval.
  • Review the course syllabus:  Make certain that you clearly understand all course requirements. Write assignment, exam and quiz due dates in your calendar.
  • How much time do you need to work on assignments and study for exams? Make a schedule. You can always modify it as needed.
  • Is your computer compatible with course requirements? Does your professor use D2L, My MathLab or other online features as a part of the course? Take initiative and get acquainted with any new programs.
  • Arrange for any assistive technology loans: Schedule an appointment with the CSD graduate interns at either campus.
  • Submit request for alternate formats of any textbooks:  This is best done before the quarter begins. It takes time to order and receive alternate versions from publishers. Remember that you must first purchase the book. Both Lincoln Park and Loop offices can assist you with these arrangements.

  • Submit exam/quiz proctoring requests within Campus Connect: The majority of professors have all quiz and exam dates listed on their syllabus, and we would encourage you to schedule all posted exams and quizzes during the first week of every quarter. Exams must be scheduled at least 5 weekdays or more in advance.

  • Contact CSD as soon as possible if you ever need assistance: You are responsible for initiating and utilizing any approved accommodations and services in accordance with CSD policies and procedures.


Reasonable accommodations are provided so that a student with a disability will have equal access to academic and campus activities.

Accommodations are individualized based on the nature of a student's disability(s). Accommodations may not be the same as those received in a prior educational setting. The CSD considers the student's disability, history, experience, request and the unique characteristics of courses, programs, and requirements when determining appropriate reasonable accommodations.
  • Extended time on placement exams
  • Extended time on exams
  • Exam proctoring in a distraction-reduced environment
  • Exam reader
  • Exam transcriber
  • Course selection consultation
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Assistive technology
  • Student advocacy
  • Priority registration
  • Real-time captioning
  • Enlarged print or braille
  • Sign language interpreting

Assistive Technology

Alternate Text Format
Kurzweil 3000
Access Text

Text to Speech

Smart Pen
Digital Recorder

Hearing Supports
Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART)
Sing Language Interpreting (ASL, Finger-Spelling)

Visual Supports
​Ruby Handheld CCTV
Braille Translation
Zoom Text Software

Clinician Learning Specialist Services

Clinician Learning Specialist Services are available for a nominal fee. Clinicians meet individually with students to develop university level executive functioning skills and self-advocacy strategies that can increase the likelihood of academic success.

Clinicians hold advanced degrees and have substantial experience working with students with disabilities. Clinician Learning Specialist services are subject to availability.

Fees are billed directly to the student's account for any quarter in which the service is used.

Scholarship, Internship & Career Resources

Information about scholarships for students with disabilities can be found on the Financial Awards page.

  • DePaul Career Center: http://careercenter.depaul.edu/ Provides resources for students to launch their profesisonal career.
  • Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP): https://wrp.gov
    A recruitment program that connects employers with college students and recent graduates looking for summer and/or permanent employment.
  • Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD):http://www.cosdonline.org/ 
    Assists college students and recent graduates to acquire the tools necessary to secure the careers.
  • AbilityLinks: http://www.abilitylinks.org/
    A web-based community where job seekers with disabilities and employers network with one another.
  • Lime Connect: http://www.limeconnect.com/
    Scholarships, internship and job opportunities offered throughout the year.