The Office of Accessibility Services is dedicated to helping students with disabilities have equal opportunity at the University of Central Missouri. Each year UCM attracts more students with disabilities than any other university in Missouri. Students Choose Red because of our reputation for providing the student support services and accommodations they need to thrive at UCM. If you’re a student with a disability, we encourage you to contact Accessibility Services as soon as possible so that we can work together as you pursue success throughout your time at UCM.
The UCM campus is accessible, from accessible parking to curb cuts and elevators.
Accessibility Services offers a variety of services and accommodations, from speech recognition software to sign language interpreters and note takers. You can count on our staff to advocate for you, from contacting your professors about accommodations to referring you to other agencies when necessary.
We provide services to students in these three service areas:
Postsecondary education disability offices are not expected to provide personal services and equipment, such as: tutors, personal care attendants, campus guides or helpers to attend events, hearing aids, personal computers or similar equipment, or assistance with medication. However, if these services are being provided to students without disabilities, then they need to be provided in an accessible manner to students with disabilities.
To be eligible for academic accommodations at the University of Central Missouri you must have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and be enrolled in one or more hours of study in UCM courses.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides for equal opportunity to persons with disabilities. To be protected under the ADA, you must be determined to:
If a disability exists, reasonable appropriate accommodations are determined to create equal opportunity.
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) operates under the mandate of federal disability law, which includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law provides that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity for post secondary education. Under the law, the definition of "disability" requires that the impairment be a permanent or long-term physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, including education.
OAS provides academic accommodations to University of Central Missouri students with disabilities. Accommodations are those measures which are reasonable and appropriate and will aid in providing an equal educational opportunity for the student.
The law requires the student to provide appropriate documentation of the disability if the student wants to implement accommodations.
Appropriate documentation of the disability would indicate:
Below are some commonly used accomodations; you will work with an OAS staff person to determine your specific accomodations.
In the Classroom
For Studying and Exams
In Campus Housing
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Unlike in grades K-12, you will need to arrange for your services as a university student. You will contact OAS, provide documentation of your disability, and request services.
Due to your right of confidentiality, OAS does not take action on your behalf unless you request or authorize it. Each semester you will contact OAS again to renew services for the new semester.
You must complete this FERPA form in order for our office to work with you on accommodations. Bring your completed form to your first meeting at our office.
If you are interested in requesting an Emotional Support Animal as an accommodation, complete this form and bring it with you to your first meeting at our office. Please also read this document from University Housing regarding Emotinal Support Animals.
When you meet with an accessibility professional in our office there may be other forms to complete.
There are many scholarships available to both new and current UCM students, including these specifically for students with disabilities.
All UCM scholarships are available through the one-stop portal MoCents, part of the UCM Alumni Foundation.
Search for these scholarships at MoCents.
To begin the process of requesting accommodations through our office, please call the OAS offfice at 660-543-4421. Please be ready to provide as much information as possible, including any documentation you already have.
The Office of Accessibility Services is dedicated to providing persons with disabilities equal access to the functions and facilities of the University of Central Missouri. We are committed to providing students with disabilities services and accommodations to achieve equal opportunity to education and other student activities.