Office of Disability Services
Welcome from the Director
We are so very happy that you have decided to attend the University of Illinois Springfield. We have many services and academic accommodations offered for students who are registered with us. We value every student and are committed to working together with the University community. The Office of Disability Services is here to ensure students with disabilities receive the academic accommodations needed for their success in the classroom. We collaborate with the faculty to facilitate the implementation of these academic accommodations. The reasonable accommodations recommended for each student is based upon an interview with the student and the documentation provided to us about their disability. We believe that every individual is capable of learning and we respect the many different learning styles of our students. We encourage independence and help facilitate a sense of self-worth of our students.
Our campus values diversity in that 20% of the students on our campus are from other countries. All students are admitted into the University of Illinois Springfield with the same admission standards. The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign has a rich history of accommodating individuals with disabilities prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Springfield campus is respectful of this history and are happy to be a part of the University of Illinois.
The passage and enforcement of the ADA has provided a better life for individuals with disabilities especially with the advancement of technology which opens many doors of online learning for students with disabilities. The University of Illinois Springfield is in the forefront of online learning nationwide.
We look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you!
Reminder: Service Animals provide very important assistance to persons with disabilities, and are not considered pets, nor should they be interacted with as pets when you see them on campus. Please remember — Do not assume you can pet, talk to, say the animal’s name, make eye contact with or attempt to get the service animal’s attention, even if it doesn’t have a vest on that states “Do not pet my animal, he/she is working”. Always remember to first ask the person the service animal is assisting before you attempt any of these approaches. Please respect what they tell you. It’s very confusing for the animal if distracted while working. The animal serves to take care of their partner by assisting with health and wellness needs and keeping their partner safe from harm. It’s very confusing for the animal if petted while working as it distracts from doing his/her job. Please pass this on to others! Thank you