Get started:

  1. Complete the Application for Disability Support Services.
  2. Request relevant documentation (testing, assessment, and/or a recent letter) from your medical or mental health practitioner that documents your disability, states how your disability impacts your education, and what accommodations are being requested.  Practitioners are encouraged to send the documentation to DSS directly by email or fax. 
  3. Call 256.824.1997 to schedule an intake appointment. Skype or phone intakes are considered on a case by case basis for students that live out of state.  
  4. Complete a Letter of Accommodation Request Form and bring it with you to your scheduled intake appointment.

Next steps:

  • Once all the above steps are complete, a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) for that specific semester will be emailed to you at your UAH email address within two business days.
  • Print copies of your Letter of Accommodation and provide them to your professors.
  • When you meet with your professors to discuss accommodations, ask them to sign the Letter of Accommodation Receipt form. After all your signatures are collected, turn the LOA receipt form back into Disability Support Services by email or in person.  

For an online class: Provide a digital copy of your LOA and LOA receipt form to your professor via email or Canvas and email the signed LOA receipt to DSS.


It is necessary to complete and submit a new Letter of Accommodation Request Form to DSS for each semester that you wish to activate your accommodations. 

Accommodations do not begin until you have shared your LOA for the current semester with your professor and s/he has signed the LOA receipt form.

Emotional Support Animals:

  • Students in treatment for a psychological disability recognized in the DSM-5 or ICD-10 may apply to have an Emotional Support Animal in their residence if their provider recommends it as a part of treatment.
  • The first step is to have your medical or mental health provider type a letter to us on their letterhead sharing your diagnosis as recognized in the DSM-5 or ICD-10 along with their specific recommendation that you have an ESA as a part of your treatment to reduce impairment(s).
  • This letter must include your provider's signature and credentials and can be faxed or emailed directly to DSS.  Once you have obtained the letter or it has been sent to DSS, schedule an intake appointment with DSS for next steps.  Please note that letters purchased online will not be accepted.  Bring your completed DSS application to your appointment.  Here are Emotional Support Animal Guidelines for your reference as you prepare.