Our Disability Support Services (DSS) team provides advice and support for students with disabilities. DSS aims to reduce or eliminate barriers in the learning environment and improve accessibility, to ensure students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to learn and participate fully.
At Singapore Management University, we strive to build an inclusive learning community. SMU is committed to making our campus accessible and promoting equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities. The Disability Support Services (DSS) team provides advice, facilities and support for our students with disabilities.
These include the following assistance:
- Academic accommodations
- Accessible course materials
- Orientation and mobility support
- Assistive technology and technology support
- Assistance to access campus services and facilities
- Special Education Needs (SEN) Fund
- Student Assistants (SAs)
Mon to Fri: 9:00am to 5:00pm
(Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays)
Our DSS Professionals
Common Types of Disability
Physical disability refers to either with a total or partial loss of bodily functions, such as the ability to walk or fine motor skills, or a total or partial loss of a part of the body. Physical disabilities can result from congenital causes, or are acquired later in life, as a result of traffic/industrial accidents or medical conditions such as stroke or infections. Examples of congenital physical disabilities include muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), spina bifida and spinal muscular atrophy.
There are two types of sensory disability, namely visual and hearing impairments.
Hearing Impairment is defined as a diminished ability to detect, recognise, discriminate, perceive and/or comprehend auditory information. Hearing impairment can be unilateral (in one ear) or bilateral (in both ears), and its severity can range from mild to profound. Hearing impairment can be conductive (may be treatable) or sensorineural, and may benefit from augmentative or amplification hearing devices such as hearing aids, cochlear implants.
Visual Impairment refers to an impairment in vision that, even with best corrected vision, adversely affects a student’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness. Visual problems include visual field loss, visual fatigue and difficulties with figure-ground perception and visual efficiency.
Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty primarily affecting the skills involved in accurate and fluent reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and processing speed.
Language Disorder is the persistent difficulty in the acquisition and use of oral (spoken) language, where the difficulty is of such severity as to create significant long-term challenges in daily communication and educational attainment.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterised by the core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. Difficulty with focusing and completing work is common for students at times of increased stress and during periods of adjustment.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. It is a neurological disorder which means it affects the functioning of the brain.