Academic Advising Portal

Advising for Students with Disabilities

Adapted from the "Students with a Disability" Advisor Development eLearning Elective

Student Accessibility Services

At UNI, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) collaborates with students, faculty and staff in an effort to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life. SAS provides services to two populations of students: students with permanent disabilities and students with temporary medical conditions.

Vocational Rehabilitation

UNI also has an Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services satellite office on-campus. Students must have a diagnosed disability to qualify for services. The Vocational Rehabilitation counselor can assist an individual with obtaining documentation.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services work closely with qualified individuals to develop an individualized plan for employment which includes selecting a vocational/employment goal and identifying services needed to teach the employment goal. Financial assistance is available for obtaining medical and psychological assessments, restoration services, tuition assistance and a variety of other services.

Contact:  Jody Gibson

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

ITTC 007a

Phone:  (319) 273-6349


Disability Definition

A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.  Over half of the students SDS serves have been diagnosed with a learning disability or ADHD.

Tips for assisting students with disabilities

  • Sit at eye level with individuals if speaking for more than a few minutes
  • Check on accessibility of social media and online outlets
  • Keep disability etiquette in mind when planning outside events
  • Be familiar with layouts and directions
  • Extend same courtesies that you would to all individuals, but make sure you ask first.
  • Make sure that event postings are up in enough time for students to request accommodations, and potentially create specific marketing and outreach
  • Check our language
  • Be aware of cleaning products or other chemicals
  • Be patient. Give all individuals time to think and process.