In accordance with the University Mission Statement, Disability Support Services (DSS) seeks to assist students with disabilities as they participate in the “Montevallo experience”. The office strives to ensure equal access to all services, classes, and events for students with disabilities, and it is considered the primary office on campus with specialized knowledge and experience in disability access and accommodations.
- Provides and coordinates direct services to students with disabilities. Services are individualized to meet the needs of students, based on documentation and professional judgment.
- Provides consultation for staff and faculty to increase awareness of the needs of students with disabilities and to reduce programmatic, attitudinal and physical barriers.
- Provides support and information for student and faculty/staff development. DSS encourages students, staff and faculty to increase knowledge of effective accommodation without altering essential functions or purposes of a program or course. Reasonable accommodations should create equal opportunity to participate, learn, and express what has been learned.
- Seeks to establish and maintain a balance of rights and responsibilities for both students with disabilities and the University. Furthermore, DSS seeks to develop and use non-adversarial methods to resolve problems of accessibility and accommodation.
The DSS office is located in the rear central (lower) wing of Main Hall near the offices of the Dean of Students and TRIO-Student Support Services. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the DSS office early to discuss needed services. All requests will be responded to as quickly as possible, but some services, such as alternate format materials and disability-related housing assignments, have publicized priority deadlines. Accommodations are not retroactive.
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