Getting Started with DSS

CUW is committed to removing barriers that prevent students with disabilities from achieving their academic goals. Whether you are a current CUW student or incoming freshman, the information below will help you to begin the process of registering with DSS.

Under Section 504:

  • A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.
  • A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she has the disability, has a record of the disability or is regarded as having the disability

To receive services from CUW's Disability Support Services, the student, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

  • Apply and be accepted to Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Complete the Application for DSS
  • Submit current documentation from a licensed professional regarding  your disability
  • Complete an intake appointment with the DSS Coordinator to discuss your accommodation plan and review DSS policies and procedures.

It is the sole responsibility of the student to provide documentation that verifies that a diagnosed condition meets the legal definition of a disability covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (2010). Eligibility for academic accommodations is based on documentation from a medical professional that clearly demonstrates that a student has one or more functional limitations in an academic setting. Furthermore, it must be clear that such functional limitations require the implementation of academic accommodations in order to ensure equal access.

There are several local resources available. Review the Assessment Handout