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Is my disability information shared with my professors?

No.  It is your decision to inform each professor about your accommodations noted in your Letter of Accommodations.  This letter will be limited to discussing the accommodations for which you are qualified and does not contain information regarding your specific condition. Continue reading...

Posted August 4, 2017



Can my parents be involved in this process?

If you would like them to be.   According to FERPA, you must complete a Consent to Release Information form to allow our staff speak with your parents. Contact sds-info@uiowa.edu fore more information. Continue reading...

Posted August 4, 2017


Should I self-identify that I have a disability during the admission process?

Disclosing your disability during the admission process is voluntary and a separate process from requesting accommodations.  The University of Iowa will not discriminate against you due to your status as an individual with a disability.  If you are applying under the Individual Review Process and believe that your disability is... Continue reading...

Posted August 4, 2017


Should I tell my academic advisor about my disability?

That is your choice.  For example, if reading is difficult for you, it might be helpful to tell your academic advisor about this so they avoid suggesting a number of reading intensive courses during the same semester. Continue reading...

Posted August 4, 2017


Are students required to identify their disability or provide copies of disability documentations to faculty and staff?

No. Students are not required nor should they be asked to disclose the nature of their disability.  Additionally, students should not be asked to provide faculty and staff with copies of their disability documentation. Students requesting accommodations are only required to provide a Letter of Accommodations from SDS stating that they... Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017


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