Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies

DASS is the primary contact for all SMU students with disabilities. This office assists students with disabilities to effectively utilize resources they may need and helps them work with professors and staff to implement appropriate and reasonable accommodations and services. DASS is dedicated to providing an equal opportunity to participate in the University's curriculum, programs, and activities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, DASS will evaluate and accommodate those students who are significantly impacted by a condition that is considered disabling, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and others. 

In order to establish eligibility for accommodations, students must contact our office. The student is responsible for requesting our services.

To start the process, please review the Disability Accommodations page, and review the procedures for applying for accommodations and submitting supporting documentation to our office.

For continuing DASS students with accommodations and faculty working with those students, you can view your letters of accommodations in DASS Link. 

DASS Link for students: Go to the DASS Link log-in page

DASS Link for faculty: Go to the DASS Link log-in page.

Even though some students are not on campus physically at this time, DASS staff members are here to support all of our students with disabilities! We are available for phone calls, Zoom sessions, remote intakes, and emails. Our main phone number (214-768-1470) is answered during regular business hours, as well.

  

Incoming SMU Students

For new students who will be starting in the spring semester (2021), we would like to welcome you as a new Mustang! See our Introduction to DASS video below and follow along with the DASS Red & Blue flyer:

 

We are available by phone to talk about any concerns you have. If you anticipate needing accommodations, please see the Disability Accommodations page, for step-by-step instructions. We encourage you to start this process in May/June, but if you anticipate needing a housing accommodation, please start the accommodation process immediately. We will have additional information available to help you orient to SMU, so stay tuned!

 

Success Strategies

DASS also provides success strategies support for SMU undergraduates with learning and attention disorders. These students may benefit from assistance with study skills instruction, self-advocacy skills, time management and organization strategies, and general mentoring. This academic coaching, coupled with participating in HDEV 1110: Reading and Learning Strategies (advanced reading and study skills course), Students for New Learning (student support and networking group), and other ALEC services (tutoring, writing center, academic workshops) can greatly enhance students' ability to succeed at SMU.

 

Covid-19

If you have questions or concerns specifically about our office and how we're supporting the campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our COVID-19 FAQ page. This FAQ page was created with everyone in mind- returning SMU students, incoming SMU students, their parents and caregivers, faculty, and staff.

 

***Spring 2021 Zoom Drop-in Session for Faculty Members***

Please join Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) this Friday, 1/22/21, 10:00am CST for a drop-in session to learn more about how we collaborate with faculty to support students with disabilities at SMU. 

 

If you cannot attend this Friday’s session, a second drop-in Zoom session is offered Monday, 2/8/21 at 4:00pm CST.

 

Staff are always welcome to attend, as well!

 

If you are new to SMU and teaching here for the first time, we strongly encourage you to touch base with our office or attend one of these sessions. We imagine many of you will start reviewing letters of accommodation in DASS Link (if you don’t know what DASS Link is, you should attend the Zoom!), as well as start considering how you’ll accommodate students for upcoming tests in the Spring. As in the Fall, with all tests administered online, most faculty will manage their students with test-taking accommodations by having them test with the remote group and extending the test time in Canvas without the need for a DASS proctor. If you believe you may need a virtual DASS proctor, please contact our office to discuss your situation.

 

For the Drop-In Zoom sessions for faculty, there is no formal presentation, but you can ask questions about implementing disability accommodations this semester, or if you’re having any technical difficulties like setting up extended time in Canvas, we can point you to the most useful resource. Just listening to other instructors’ questions can be helpful for situations that you may face in the coming weeks.

 

Refer to the "DASS drop-in session" email for the Zoom links.

 

We look forward to working with you!

Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies
Loyd Center Suite 202
214-768-1470