For Students

On Campus Resources


For maps detailing the accessible routes around campus and entrances to campus buildings, please email us at For a map of accessible parking on campus, click here

SMU's Parking and ID Card Services provides DART Paratransit vouchers at no charge for students who qualify for this service.  DART Paratransit is an origin-to-destination, curb-to-curb, public transportation service for people with disabilities.

College Transition Information for Students and Families

  • See the DASS Parent and Family Guide for more information about the transition to college as a student with a disability.
  • SMU's Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center offers suggestions to students and families on how to make the transition to university life at SMU a smooth one.
  • View recommendations for academic success from SMU's Office of Residence Life and Student Housing.

Mental Health Counseling/Therapy

Counseling Services and Psychiatric Services provide SMU students with individual personal counseling and psychiatric services including medication management. Both of these offices are located in the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Referrals to off-campus psychologists/psychiatrists for testing, therapy and/or medication management are also available. Please contact Counseling Services at 214.768.2277 or go to In addition, the A-LEC DASS team maintains a limited set of referrals.

ADA Compliance, Discrimination, and Equitable Practices at SMU

Institutional Access and Equity. ADA compliance issues and questions regarding discrimination and equitable practices for the University.

Technology On Campus

Kurzweil 3000/Firefly-- A program that reads text aloud (after scanning book pages or using electronic media) and allows the reader to highlight sections to transform into an outline for printing. The program also allows the user to write papers, and it reads the writing out loud along with the spell check options. Finally the program gives the user the option of creating mp3s of scanned books or electronic media for use in portable music devices or computers. SMU has a yearly site license to make Kurzweil 3000/Firefly available to all students. For those with a disability, please contact DASS for a username. For all others, please contact Fondren Library for a username.

JAWS Screen Reading Software-- Reads aloud what is on the PC screen and allows for comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer, providing access to many software applications and most web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Available on some computers and laptops in Fondren and Bridwell libraries.

ZoomText Screen Magnification Application-- Allows a person to see and hear everything on the computer screen, providing access to applications, documents, email and web browsing. It can also read text aloud when integrated with other products. Available on some computers and laptops in Fondren and Bridewell Libraries.

Dragon Naturally Speaking-- Voice-to-text software allowing the user to speak into a microphone and create a document in a word processing program or in email. Some students find this software invaluable when formatting, writing, and editing their papers. Available on some computers and laptops in Fondren Library.

The President's Commission on the Needs of Persons with Disabilities (PCNPD)

PCNPD is a campus-wide group, made up of staff, faculty and students from a variety of departments and stakeholder groups. The Commission was established to advise the University President on the special needs of people with disabilities.