Applying with the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office is on a voluntary, self-identifying basis. To be eligible for accommodations a student must provide written documentation that establishes a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California law. This process involves providing information that describes the disabling condition and its resulting limitation on major life activities. It is most helpful if documentation is from a qualified professional, who is familiar with the student's history and current condition. Medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and school psychologists are among the professionals who routinely evaluate, diagnose, and treat disabilities.
Once documentation has been submitted, reviewed and approved, the student will be registered with the DSS Office and may obtain approved accommodations. All information and documentation is confidential. Do not send original documents to DSS. Keep your original documents along with copies of everything you send to DSS.
For reference, the DSS Office maintains a list of local qualified professionals who have worked with LMU students. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this list, please contact the DSS Office.
Steps to Apply
- Contact a DSS Specialist to begin the application process. Please include your LMU ID and self-identified disability.
- Apply online through the DSS Online Services* website and submit all supporting documentation**.
- Check your LMU lion email address for DSS updates.
*To help assist applicants, the DSS Office has created an online tutorial titled New Student Application.
**Once you submit an application, the DSS Office will contact you by your lion email account informing you of any additional documentation that may need to be submitted. When your file is complete, the DSS Office will review your application. Please note, the review process may take up to 15 business days.