Disability Services at UNI

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities at the University of Northern Iowa. This act applies to virtually all aspects of campus activities, including employment, student programming, and services provided to the community at large. As part of the University's campus-wide ADA compliance program, this webpage has been developed to link you with the many ADA and disability-related resources on campus.

UNI policy number 13.15: Accommodations of Disabilities, provides guidelines regarding the University’s compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Reporting a Disability-Related Problem

If an employee or student feels his/her/their rights under the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, and/or the ADAAA have been violated, or they encounter difficulty with the accessibility of the UNI website, he/she/they may consult with the Office of Compliance and Equity Management and/or utilize the procedures outlined in the Discrimination and Harassment Policy. The Assistant to the President for Compliance and Equity Management is the designated ADA Compliance Officer.

Faculty/Staff Disability Services

The primary responsibility of FSDS is to accommodate faculty and staff that have disabilities. The process may be initiated by an employee or the employee's supervisor. After an accommodation request is received, a case-by-case evaluation is made using an interactive process involving the employee, supervisor, and FSDS Coordinator. Effective follow up with the department and the employee is vital to every plan's success. 

Office: Human Resource Services
027 Gilchrist
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0034 

Phone: (319) 273-6164
For deaf or hard-of-hearing use Relay 711 

Fax: 319-273-2927 


Therese Callaghan - Employee Health and Well-being Coordinator - therese.callaghan@uni.edu

Information for faculty members about teaching students with disabilities and Student Disability Services are available on the Student Disability Services website.

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services works with students who have disabilities in an effort to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life. The primary service our office is known for is the determination of eligibility for academic and residence hall accommodations. For more information on the process to request accommodations through SDS, please visit the Student Disability Services website.

Office: 103 Student Health Center

Phone: 319-273-2677 (voice)

For deaf or hard-of-hearing use Relay 711

Fax: 319-273-7576


Kelly Gibbs - Student Disability Services Coordinator - kelly.gibbs@uni.edu

Vocational Rehabilitation

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services works with individuals with disabilities who want to become employed. If an individual is determined eligible for services we assist them to achieve their employment goal by providing such things as tuition assistance, counseling/advising, assistive technology and other services.

Office: 102 Gilchrist

Phone: 273-6348

For TTY, call Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942

Fax: 273-6304


Chris Crews Larsen - MA Counselor- chris.crews@uni.edu

Cindy Siers, Office Secretary

Disability Advisory and Advocacy Committee (DAAC)

The Disability Advisory and Advocacy Committee is a university committee responsible for advising the President's Executive Management Team on matters related to campus accessibility and the provision of disability services to students, faculty and staff and, more specifically, advising the departments of Student Disability Services and Human Resource Services on disability-related matters. Further, the Committee advocates for students, staff and faculty with disabilities; raises awareness of disability as a civil rights and diversity issue; and promotes collaboration between relevant service providers on campus.

Contact the DAAC

Web Site Accessibility

The UNI web site is maintained by Information Technology - Client Services. If you have difficulty accessing the site or have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Dorr in IT-Client Services.

The University of Northern Iowa endorses the guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for World Wide Web accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (Section 508) are consistent with the W3C Guidelines and provide achievable, well documented guidelines for implementation. Effective immediately, all new or revised Web pages published or hosted by the University must be in compliance with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. A revised Web page is a Web page where significant redesign of a page or a major revision of the content of a page takes place.

Reasonable effort must be taken to ensure that legacy Web pages are in compliance with these subsections of Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508.

 Other Disability/Accessibility Resources at UNI