Disability Services

Saint Louis University’s Office of Disability Services supports your educational experience by helping you access academic accommodations and services.

We partner with students, faculty, academic departments and service providers to facilitate equal access to and opportunity to participate in all University programs, services and experiences. We coordinate aids and services to meet the needs of students with disabilities to create a safe and supportive campus community for everyone.

All inquiries received by Disability Services about the availability of reasonable University-related accommodations are kept confidential.

We can help you:

  • Understand the process and the necessary paperwork to successfully register for accommodations.
  • Be an advocate for yourself in the realm of higher education and disability services.
  • Articulate your personal needs to faculty and campus stakeholders.

Students with ADD/ADHD

If you have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, SLU has dedicated resources designed to help you succeed. Our student success coaches can help you:

  • Identify campus resources to prepare you for academic and personal success at SLU
  • Develop the personal skills to better organize your time and complete tasks

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to visit or contact us to receive information regarding services available, procedures, documentation and best practices. Students with documented disabilities who need accommodations are encouraged to contact disability services as soon as possible. For more information, please contact our graduate assistant for ADD/ADHD academic coaching, Graham Flinn, at flinngr@slu.edu or disability services 314-977-3484.

Temporary Disabilities

Students with temporary disabilities can contact disability services to discuss accommodations, as well as other on-campus and off-campus resources. Students seeking to request academic accommodations must complete an application and provide documentation of the temporary condition. After submitting an application, you will meet with a member of the disability services staff for an intake appointment.

If you need assistance traveling around north campus, SLU’s Disability Services Club can help carry bags and/or push a wheelchair, as needed. Email sludsc12@gmail.edu with your request and specific schedule information.

Obtaining Medical Equipment

Medical equipment (e.g. wheelchair, scooter, and/or crutches) is available for use on SLU’s campus through several resources, including:

  • The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
    DuBourg Hall, Room 36
    314-977-3838
    Several manual wheelchairs available for loan to students at any time.
  • MEDI Equipment
    5845 S. Lindbergh, St Louis, MO
    314-892-7000
  • Missouri Medical Supply
    8523 Olive, St. Louis, MO.
    314-925-0528
  • Health Care Mobility
    9030 Gravois, St. Louis, MO.
    314-544-2211

Prices for equipment loans may vary. Details will be discussed during your intake appointment. Additional questions can be directed to disability services at disability_services@slu.edu or 314-977-3484.

Housing Accommodations

At Saint Louis University, the Department of Housing and Residence Life and the Student Success Center place high priority on the support necessary to provide reasonable accommodations in residential housing. Please note that the housing accommodations process and the academic accommodations process are two different procedures.

Request Housing Accommodations

Employment Resources

SLU offers resources for students with disabilities seeking employment opportunities during and after college.

  • Career Services has specialists available to answer questions about job searching, learning about accommodations within specific career fields, and navigating the work force with your disability.
  • The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Information for Prospective Students

Applicants to SLU with documented disabilities are granted equal consideration and are not required to identify their disabilities during the application process. To be admitted to SLU, all students, with or without disabilities, must meet the minimum qualifications for admission.

Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with disability services staff during SLU 101 summer orientation or at the beginning of fall semester. Accommodations must be renewed on annual basis, however new documentation is not required. Medical documentation is valid for five years from issue date.

Accommodations in High School vs. College

High school accommodations are largely governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees mandatory, free education that leads to the outcome of successful learning. College accommodations are largely governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal access to education with no additional outcomes specified.

A major difference at the postsecondary level is that students are responsible for self identifying and requesting reasonable accommodations if they wish to do so. Students should be aware that they must self-advocate, rather than it being left up to parents, teachers or institutions.

At Saint Louis University, the Office of Disability Services facilitates accommodations for all students, except those within the law or medical schools.

Shannon Morse is the disability services coordinator for the SLU School of Law and can be reached via email at stinebsm@slu.edu or at 314-977-2728.

You may also view the Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities guide from the U.S. Department of Education.

Disability Services Forms

Testing Center Forms