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Disability Support Services

The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to ensure that all University programs, services and activities are accessible to students with disabilities. DSS works with faculty and staff to coordinate appropriate accommodations and services for eligible students. The DSS office is located in the rear, lower level of Main Hall with the ASPIRE/Student Support Services office. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the DSS Director early to discuss needed accommodations. Select any of the links to the left for further information.

Location: Rear, Lower Level of Main Hall (Located on Vine Street)

Accessibility/Disability Compliance

The University of Montevallo is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible for all persons with disabilities. The following information is provided so that concerns or accommodation requests may be promptly addressed by the appropriate officials. The University seeks full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

  • Disability Compliance Officer (504/ADA/ADAAA)

    Deborah S. Braswell
    Main Hall, Rear Lower Level
    Station 6250, Montevallo, AL 35115
    (205) 665-6250
    (205) 665-6255 (fax)

  • Web Accessibility Procedures

    The University strives to provide accessible web services to all students including persons who may have vision, hearing, mobility, or other conditions that may necessitate adaptive software/hardware, or consumer modification of font size, colors, response time, etc. As the University regularly upgrades our web services, improvements in the overall accessibility of its web pages will be a high priority.

    If difficulty is experienced using University web pages, please contact the Solution Center,, (205) 665-6512; or Disability Support Services,, (205) 665-6250 during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). This will allow the University to identify and correct access concerns while providing the service or information in an alternate but timely manner.

Disability-Related Housing & Dietary Requests

Students with documented long-term or permanent disability conditions may need to make disability-related housing or dietary requests. Students should complete the housing application and pay the housing deposit while sending the necessary information to DSS. Requests for accommodations related to housing (flashing fire alarms for the deaf, 1st floor assignments, wheelchair accessibility, etc.) and dietary needs (severe allergies, meal plan modifications, etc.) may be reviewed by DSS, and when necessary, by appropriate staff from Housing & Residence Life, Health Services, and/or Counseling Services.

  • To maximize the university’s ability to consider requests, students should submit the following information by the deadlines below:


    • Fall- Returning Students: April 1; New Students: May 1
    • Spring- October 1
    • May/Summer 1/Summer 2- March 1

    For academic accommodations unrelated to housing and dietary needs please see additional documentation guidelines.

    Late requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but cannot be guaranteed.

  • Factors considered when evaluating housing requests:

    Severity of Condition

    • Is the impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
    • Is there a negative health impact that may be permanent if the request is not met?
    • Is the request an integral component of a treatment plan for the condition in question?
    • What is the likely impact on academic performance if the request is not met?
    • What is the likely impact on the student’s level of comfort if the request is not met?

    Timing of Request

    • Was the request made with initial housing request?
    • Was the request made before the deadline for housing requests for semester in question?
    • Was the request made as soon as possible after identifying the need? (Based on date of  diagnosis, receipt of housing assignment, change in status, etc.)

    Feasibility and Availability

    • Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
    • Can space or procedures be adapted to provide the requested configuration without creating a safety hazard (electrical load, emergency egress, medical emergencies, etc.)?
    • Are there other effective methods or housing configurations that would achieve similar benefits as the requested configuration?
    • How does meeting this request impact housing commitments to other students?