About Student Disability Support Services at EMU

EMU does not have a formally designated program, but rather offers services and support through the Student Disability Support Services office located in the Academic Support Center to students with disabilities.

Our mission and vision

EMU accepts and encourages students with disabilities who are motivated and who exercise responsibility and commitment to achieving their academic goals. Students should be willing to voluntarily identify their disabilities and register their documentation in order to obtain reasonable and appropriate accommodations. They should be open to counsel and to the further development of study skills and strategies that promote independence and personal success whereby they develop and refine their self-advocacy skills.

EMU is committed to working out reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities to ensure equal access to the University and its related programs. Disabilities include learning, neurological, physical, psychological, and medical disabilities.

Goals of the Student Disability Support Services program

  • To assure that students with disabilities have equal access to all University programs and activities.
  • To coordinate policies and procedures which impact students with disabilities.
  • To conduct needs assessment of students with disabilities.
  • To foster a campus community that is responsive to the needs of students with disabilities.
  • To encourage students with disabilities to become advocates and actively participate in decision-making regarding reasonable accommodations and adaptive technology.
  • To assist students with disabilities with the process of independence through self-advocacy skills, curricular and co-curricular experiences and the establishment of networking which will allow them to develop personal and career goals.
  • To act as a liaison with regional groups involved with disability services to cultivate a broad range of resources for students.

Our office location

Hartzler Library, Third Floor, Office 314, in the Academic Support Center

Coordinator of Student Disability Support Services

The Coordinator of Student Disability Support Services serves as an advocate for students with documented disabilities. The Coordinator introduces the students to the services available and with their documentation works with them to determine appropriate reasonable accommodations for their needs.

Joy Y. Martin, SDSS Coordinator, 540-432-4233,