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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.  

Students seeking accommodations must first be admitted to DePaul University through the standard admissions process. Admitted DePaul students with a documented permanent or temporary disability are 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. In fairness to all students the CSD reviews completed enrollment applications and contacts students in the order received. CSD staff do not review requests nor conduct enrollment meetings enrollment during midterms and final exams. It is during this time that all CSD staff are fully committed to currently enrolled CSD students.

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

  1. Complete the Enrollment Request Form.
    Every student's situation is unique. This is your opportuity to express personal strengths and challenges. Please contact the CSD if you need assistance completing this form.
  2. Request documentation from your licensed professional.
    Relevant documentation will vary depending on the nature of a student's disability(s). There are several documentation submission options including: submission of a written statement; photocopies of relevant medication records; and/or completion of the CSD Disability Information & Verification Form . Documentation must be current and relevant. Submitted documents are not determinative of accommodations. If needed the CSD may request additional documentation and/or clarification. 
  3. Submit all completed enrollment materials to the CSD.  
    ​​You may submit completed materials 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.

  4. The CSD staff will review your submitted materials.
    This is a critical step in the enrollment process. CSD staff thoroughly review all submitted materials. CSD staff may determine that additional information is needed. CSD staff may need to contact your service provider or request additional documents from you.
    The turnaround time for the CSD enrollment steps varies depending on the time of the year and the complexities of student needs. The CSD staff are always mindful to be thorough while processing applications as quickly as possible.
  5. Attend an in-person meeting with CSD staff.
    The CSD will contact you to schedule an in-person meeting with you. This meeting is an interactive process to discuss your academic challenges and successes. Reasonable accommodations and/or services are established collaboratively and approved by the CSD.

Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are provided so that a student with a disability will have equal access to academic and campus sponsored 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. Examples of CSD accommodations include:

  • Adaptive equipment

  • Assistive technology

  • Braille

  • Closed caption real-time translation

  • Course selection consultation 

  • Enlarged print​

  • Exam proctoring in a distraction-reduced environment

  • Exam reader​

  • Exam transcriber​

  • Extended time on exams​

  • Faculty consultation​

  • Preferential seating​ 

  • Priority registration​

  • Real-time captioning​

  • Sign language interpreting​

  • Student advocacy​​​​​

Assistive Technology

The CSD offers a variety of assistive technology resources. Equipment is loaned to qualified CSD students. Students are responsible for the care and return of all equipment. Examples include:

Alternate Text Format

  •      Kurzweil 3000

  •      Access Text

  •      Bookshare

Text to Speech

  •      Dragon Speaks

Note Taking

  •      Smart/Echo Pen

  •      Digital Recorder

Hearing Supports

  •      Communication Access Real-time Translation 

  •      Sign Language Interpreter 

Visual Supports

  •     ​Ruby Handheld CCTV

  •     Braille Translation 

  •     Zoom Text Software​​​

Learning Specialist Clinician Services

Learning Specialist Clinician Services is not a CSD accommodation but is a fee-for-service available to CSD students who wish to further develop their academic skills.  Learning Specialist Clinicians meet regularly with students to develop executive functioning skills and self-advocacy strategies that support DePaul’s expectations of academic success.

All Learning Specialist Clinicians hold advanced degrees in special education or related disciplines and have substantial experience working with the varied needs of students with disabilities. 

Learning Specialist Clinician fees are billed directly to the student's account for any quarter in which the service is used. ​​​

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CSD Student Responsibilities

Be successful throughout the year! Follow this checklist within the first week of each quarter and you ill have an excellent start!
  • 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 detailed instructions. 
  • 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 all exam/quiz proctoring requests in Campus Connect: The majority of professors have all quiz and exam dates listed on their syllabus. The CSD encourages 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. ​​

Scholarship, Internship & Career Resources

Scholarships: Information regarding scholarships for students with disabilities is located on DePaul's Financial Awards page, click here​ for DePaul's general scholarships page. Information is updated throughout the year.

DePaul Career Center: Provides resources​ for students to launch their professional career. Information is updated throughout the year. 

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP): A recruitment program​ that connects employers with college students and recent graduates looking for summer and/or permanent employments.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD): Assists college students and recent graduates to acquire the tools​ necessary to secure a career.

AbilityL​inks: This is a web-based community​ where job seekers with disabilities and employers network with one another. 

Lime Connec​t: Scholarships, internship and job opportunities​ offered throughout the year.