About Our Office & Mission
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) is committed to providing accommodations and services to students with disabilities in accordance to ADA & Section 504. SSWD promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and advocacy in an accessible learning environment while carefully respecting students' confidentiality.
In order to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, SSWD:
- Keeps confidential and private all information regarding a student's disability
- Determines the accommodations and services to be provided to a student, taking into consideration the student's documentation, preferences, available resources and course requirements
- Explains the process for the provision of accommodations and services to the student verbally and in writing
- With student consent, notifies the student's instructors in writing, certifying that a student has a disability and stating recommended academic accommodations
- With student consent, notifies appropriate university staff and administrators of non-academic accommodations and services such as housing, recreation, safety, counseling, financial aid, transportation, health services, employment, insurance and other co-curricular activities
Commitment to Diversity & disAbility Awareness
SSWD serves students with disabilities by creating and fostering an accessible learning environment. We aim to empower students with diverse needs by enhancing their self-awareness, self-determination and self-advocacy. We promote awareness of the needs of students with disabilities and encourage the Loyola community to respect and care for each individual. Following in the steps of Loyola’s Jesuit mission, SSWD is committed to serving all students no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or disability. We work closely with campus partners, students, families, and the Chicago community to create a safe environment for students to succeed academically and personally. For information about our outreach, please visit our Outreach page.
Confidentiality is extremely important in all matters pertaining to students with disabilities. Information regarding a student's disability is only shared with other university personnel if there is a legitimate reason to do so and with the student's written permission.
Faculty members are not told the specific nature of a student's disability, unless the student provides SSWD with written permission. Faculty may not identify students as having a disability nor disclose their accommodations without the student's written permission. Students are encouraged to communicate openly with faculty regarding their accommodations.