Michigan State University provides services and accommodations to persons with a wide range of disabilities for both academic and workplace settings. The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities fosters independence by helping students and employees harness appropriate strategies and resources for success. We look forward to maximizing your experience at MSU!
Some unique conditions, such as speech and communication disorders, dwarfism/little person, limited use or amputation of upper extremities and others require more individualized services and accommodations. The RCPD offers a specialist ready to address the needs of individuals who do not identify with the primary disability categories listed on the Disability Services webpage.
Getting Started with RCPD (MyProfile)
Log on to the MyProfile page with your MSU NetID and password to register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. MyProfile provides online forms and initiates communication with a Disability Specialist.
Documentation of a disability must appear on official letterhead from a licensed medical or diagnostic professional and include a diagnosis, scope or degree of involvement, and summary of related functional limitations. RCPD provides a downloadable form that may be used by medical professionals to document other disabilities.
After documentation of a disability has been provided and a needs assessment is completed, reasonable accommodations are determined. RCPD will provide a verification letter that includes: (a) verification of disability and status as a student or employee registered with the RCPD (b) an outline of reasonable accommodations.
Students will receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations letter, otherwise known as a VISA.
Employees will receive a Statement of Employee Accommodation Determination letter, otherwise known as a SEAD.
RCPD adheres to strict standards of confidentiality in the management of student information. Since RCPD is the only holder of disability documentation; therefore, all disability-related documentation should be directed to RCPD (not other campus departments).
RCPD recognizes that accommodations may be required in order to assist individuals in maximizing their educational and workplace experience at MSU. While the university is required to provide reasonable accommodations, it is not required to change essential academic requirements or job functions.
Before Requesting Accommodations, students and employees must Identify and Register as a person with a disability and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to RCPD. Employees should refer to the Reasonable Accommodations Policy for University Applicants and Employees, for the procedure on requesting worksite accommodations.
Students and employees with disabilities may be eligible to receive the following accommodations facilitated by RCPD:
RCPD Specialists are committed to an active partnership with students and employees who make reasonable accommodation requests through our office. In the case you experience a disagreement regarding disability determination or appropriateness of accommodations, you may consider taking the steps outlined in our dispute resolution process.
MSU provides many venues for collaboration and community building on disability issues. Please consider becoming involved in the following organizations:
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have further questions that have not been answered on this page, please refer to the FAQ page.
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Hundreds of students at Michigan State set out on study abroad adventures across the globe every summer. Two of our very own RCPD students decided to share their experiences with us!