Disability Support Services

LMU’s Disability Support Services (DSS) works with all members of the LMU Community to ensure that accommodations are provided to students who have a disability that limits them in a major life activity. This year, DSS has supported the academic success of more than 830 students through academic accommodations including assisted technology, classroom note takers, and much more, as well as housing accommodations when needed. 

Students like English major Sam Katz ’21. Sam has high-functioning autism and difficulty focusing. To focus on a class in college is challenging, but add distance learning and teleconferencing to the mix, and it becomes even tougher.

“It’s easier to retain information when you have discussion groups in class,” said Sam. “There’s a loss of connection when you’re learning from home that makes it harder to retain the substance of the conversation. DSS has provided me with note takers for my online class, which helps jog my memory of what’s happened during the lecture.”  

Your gift to Disability Support Services provides students with the critical academic support they need while learning at home. Services include note takers, which can cost up to $50,000 a year, and the purchase of a special pen and paper that allows students to record and link audio to notes. This assisted pen allows the user to listen to recordings of notes and makes notes searchable from a computer.

Ensure that students like Sam are just as successful while distance learning as they are on campus. Consider a gift to DSS today.