ADA / Disability Services (DOSS)

The purpose of Disabilities Office for Support Services (DOSS) is to offer students with unique challenges the support needed to experience full access to Northwestern's community.

DOSS works collaboratively with departments across UNW and outside organizations to provide reasonable accommodations, per the student's documented needs. A disability may be categorized as one or more of the following:

  • Physical or medical
  • Learning
  • Psychological

DOSS follows the guidelines of "reasonable accommodations" as outlined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Students with a documented disability may receive services, if appropriate, in a variety of areas. Students seeking accommodations should contact DOSS  to start the review process for reasonable accommodations. To respect individual privacy, and in compliance with FERPA, release forms are required.


Ruth Fries, Intake/Office Coordinator
Phone: 651-628-3241
Location: N4232

Appointment Hours
Monday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Closed during chapel and holidays.


Joni Eareckson Tada visited campus in April 2014. Watch her interview with Faith Radio's Neil Stavem.