Disability Services at UMass Amherst

Information For Students Who Have a Mobility Disability

Mobility disability is a broad term used to describe anyone with a disability that limits their ability to move independently in their environment. Mobility disabilities include a wide range of injuries, chronic health conditions and neuromuscular diseases.

Common Accommodations

Although accommodations are determined on an individual basis, the following list includes those most frequently employed to eliminate barriers to access for students who have a mobility disability.Once a student and their Consumer Manager determine reasonable accommodations, the Consumer Manager, with the student’s permission, sends a letter to the student’s professor or other University personnel requesting the accommodations. 

Use of the Paratransit Service
Accessible Housing/Classrooms
Proctored Exams/Exam Accommodations
Lab Assistants
Reduced Course Load
Extension Statute of Limitations

Tips For Students

Contact Disability Services as soon as possible after being admitted to the University.

Make sure that the dining hall that you intend to use is accessible.

Try to schedule your classes in a way that will be most convenient to you in terms of moving about campus. Make sure that you have enough time between classes to get from place to place.  If you are using the van service, try to avoid a schedule that will require you to make frequent trips to and from campus during a single day as you may encounter scheduling difficulties.

Contact the van service as early as possible to schedule your on-going trips.

Get to know your professors and talk to them about accommodations. Before meeting with a professor, prepare what you want to say at the meeting and decide what you hope to accomplish. Your Consumer Manager can help you decide how to approach meetings. An open relationship with your professors can really help you in the long run.

Take advantage of your professors’ and TAs’ office hours.

Be open-minded to accommodations proposed by your professors that differ from those that you and your Consumer Manager have discussed.

Learn all that you can about your disability. The more you understand it yourself, the better you can explain it to others. Also, the better you understand your disability, the better you can establish routines that work for you.

Meet with your Consumer Manager often. Don’t let a small problem become a big problem. Let your Consumer Manager know if you are going to be absent for extended periods. Keep them aware of your absences.