On this page is an overview of the primary resources available for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois to assist you in requesting a reasonable accommodation for both visible and nonvisible disabilities, including those that may affect mental health.
An accommodation is a modification or adjustment to instructional methods and/or a course, program, service, activity, or facility that enables a qualified student or employee with a disability to have an equal opportunity. An equal opportunity means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly-situated student or employee without a disability.
For full details about the support and services available to you, please contact a unit listed below or visit the policy webpage. If you experience a barrier to access due to a non-visible disability, you can report it to the ADA Division of the Office for Access & Equity through their Report Barriers to Access Form.
ADA Division of the Office for Access & Equity
All university employees (including student employees) and applicants for employment with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation by completing the Online Employee Accommodation Request Form or by contacting the ADA Division of the Office for Access and Equity. If an employee or applicant makes a reasonable accommodation request to an individual other than the ADA Division, such as a supervisor or human resource staff member, the university representative should communicate the request to the ADA Division within 24 hours.
Disability Resources & Educational Services
At the University of Illinois, students with disabilities can register with Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) to allow University of Illinois students with non-visible disabilities, including mental health, equal access to their courses, and campus activities.
To determine accommodations that are necessary, DRES utilizes the documentation provided by the individual to engage in an interactive process to discuss accommodations. DRES may seek information from appropriate University personnel regarding essential standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities. Final determination of necessary accommodations are made by DRES in collaboration with the student and faculty as warranted.
Learn more about accommodations and supports for students with non-visible disabilities through DRES and how to apply for services.
Emotional Support (Assistance) Animal Information
The university is committed to providing individuals equal access to its programs, housing, and public spaces in compliance with federal and state law. Emotional Support Animals are considered a disability accommodation and are managed through DRES and the ADA Division of the Office for Access & Equity.
Learn more about applying for services through DRES or requesting a reasonable accommodation through the ADA Division of the Office for Access & Equity, service animals on campus, and current university policy.
If you live in University Housing and want an Emotional Support Animal to live with you, you must be registered with Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) and fill out University Housing’s registration form. Emotional Support Animal Registration Forms for new animals should be submitted before the beginning of each semester. Please see the University Housing website for additional information about Emotional Support Animals in residence halls and the most current forms and deadlines.
Reporting a Barrier to Access
For Students, Faculty, Staff
The ADA Coordinator serves students who may have grievances or issues with DRES, faculty, staff or need resources or assistance with disability matters.
Barriers to access may include things such as inaccessible websites, videos without captions, a blocked access ramp, facility issues, or other lack of access to an event or program.
Your response will be shared with the ADA Division of the Office for Access & Equity: Fill out the form.