The mission of the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) is to support a universally accessible educational community that fosters full participation and contribution of every member. The DLRC carries out its mission by delivering innovative and high quality services to SAIC students with disabilities and by facilitating and advocating for reasonable accommodations so that students have equal access to all programs, activities, and services of the institution. The DLRC cultivates opportunities for students to articulate their strengths, empowers them to advocate for their own learning needs, and identifies and responds to the dynamic nature of student needs and learning environments.

Eligibility

All currently enrolled degree-seeking SAIC students are eligible to receive services from the DLRC.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Students may schedule an appointment by calling 312.499.4278 or emailing dlrc@saic.edu. Appointments can also be made in person at 116 South Michigan Avenue, on the 13th floor. Regular DLRC hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Disability Resources

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, specialists at the DLRC work to provide students with disabilities equal access to all SAIC programs, services, and facilities. Unlike in high school, students must take the first step towards receiving reasonable accommodations by providing appropriate documentation of a disability to one of the DLRC specialists. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through an interactive process that includes the student with the disability and a DLRC specialist, along with other faculty or staff members as appropriate. Accommodations may include: extended time on exams, distraction-reduced testing area, note-taking assistance, recording lectures, assistive listening devices, housing or furniture modifications, interpreters, reduced course load, and preferential seating. The DLRC specialists offer expert guidance to eligible students throughout the entire accommodation process.

Learning Resources

Specialists at the DLRC provide eligible students with individual academic support and assistance. Eligible students must have a documented disability, suspect they may have a disability, are currently enrolled in the Academic Access Program, or have been specifically referred by a member of SAIC's faculty or professional staff. Academic support and assistance sessions are tailored to each student's unique learning preferences and needs and typically focus on improving basic study skills including, reading comprehension strategies, written language skills, note-taking, and organizational and time management skills.

See: Documentation Requirements and Forms