Student Accessibility Services

Quick Facts About Students Connected with SAS

A majority of the students connected with SAS have invisible disabilities, like anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Whether a student has previously utilized accommodations (e.g., had a 504 Plan, IEP, or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor) or received a new diagnosis and needs to request accommodations for the first time, SAS is available to support students at any point in their college careers. If you have any questions about the accommodation process or services available through SAS, please contact us at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711,, or GIL 118. 

  • Approximately 9% of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) student population is connected with SAS.
  • Through the annual UNI Connection survey during the fall semester, 22% of incoming first year students previously stated they were interested in learning about SAS. This is consistent with national statistics which state 22% of incoming first year students have one or more disabilities. The National Center for Education Statistics provides a breakdown of the percentage of students with a disability by sex, race/ethnicity, age, dependency status, and veteran status.
  • Approximately 90% of the accommodations approved through SAS are related to invisible disabilities (e.g., anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, chronic health conditions).
  • Accommodations for physical disabilities make up the smallest percentage of students connected with our office.
  • Students can get connected with SAS at any point in their college careers at the University.
  • Students do not need to have received accommodations in the past (e.g., had a 504 Plan, IEP, or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor) in order to receive accommodations at UNI.
  • It is up to students to self-disclose and request the need for an accommodation, as it is a student-led process.
  • All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to use the Tranquility Room located in GIL 116. You can relax, meditate, study, or utilize any of the sensory resources available for free.
  • Although students do not need to disclose their disability to anyone outside of SAS, it is the student’s responsibility to discuss with their instructors how their accommodations will apply to each of their academic courses.
  • SAS is not only responsible for academic accommodations but also any housing and dining requests.