University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement


SSD determines eligibility and approves reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at the University of Texas at Austin. We also engage in outreach across campus in order to make campus a more inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for people with disabilities.

SSD is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and our office is located on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building. Take some time to browse through our website to find information on how to register with SSD, guidelines for documentation, and information about our accommodations and services . General resources for the UT community may be found on UT’s Disability Resource page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to making your experience at the university more accessible!

Sorry we're closed sign The SSD office will be closed on the dates listed below for our annual retreat and training on our new database software. These types of trainings allow us to be more effective and efficient at our work the rest of the year.

Please note that SSD will still be proctoring exams for students with previously scheduled finals on these dates.

Friday July 11th

Tuesday July 29th

Wednesday July 30th

Thursday July 31st

If you need immediate assistance when SSD is closed please contact the Dean of Students at 512-471-5017.

Thanks for your patience as we improve our ability to serve students, faculty and staff at UT!

SSD is excited to introduce Sarah Vahle as the newest member of the SSD Team! Although Sarah is new to Austin, she is not new to the world of Disability Services in higher education.  Sarah grew up in Southern Maryland and attended college in Northern Virginia.  After spending a year abroad, she accepted a position in disability services and was hooked.  She has a passion for seeing students succeed and assisting them in working towards their goals.

In her free time, Sarah loves traveling, exploring Austin for the best vegetarian restaurants, and running outside to acclimate to the Texas heat.

Welcome, Sarah!Headshot of Sarah Vahle



Sing on door reading :"Interview in progress" SSD would like to invite you to participate in interviews and provide your feedback on two candidates that are being brought to campus to interview for the Disabilities Services Coordinator position within Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

The interview dates are June 3rd and June 4th, and the scheduled times/locations are below. Students, faculty, and other campus stakeholders are welcome to attend an open interview session. Copies of the applicants’ materials will be available at all sessions as well as a form upon which you can provide feedback.  We truly value your support and input in this process.

The times and locations for each of the interview sessions are below.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 – Candidate #1
11:00-11:45 am, SSB 4.212, Open interview session for Students, Faculty, and Stakeholders

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 – Candidate #2
10:15-11:00 am, SSB 4.212, Open interview session for Students, Faculty, and Stakeholders

We hope you are able to attend and help us select a new member of the SSD staff!

Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Appreciation Award Nominees!

May 27, 2014

This spring we received 33 nominations for Appreciation Awards! We are glad so many SSD students had great experiences with faculty and staff this semester and took the time to send in their nominations. Here are some excerpts from students’ nominations: [My professor] is the only professor who opened my accommodation and read it in… Read more. Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Appreciation Award Nominees!

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Share Your Feedback!

May 12, 2014

Each spring Services for Students with Disabilities turns to students registered with our office for feedback. We’re interested in knowing more about your experiences with our office as well as on campus and in the classroom.We take your feedback seriously and what to know what is working for students and where there are areas for… Read more. Share Your Feedback!

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SSD is Accepting Nominations for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards!

April 30, 2014

It’s time to nominate faculty and staff for SSD’s End of the Semester Faculty/Staff Appreciation Awards! Have you had a particularly great experience with a faculty or staff member this semester?  If so, this is an excellent opportunity to show your appreciation. Your anonymous nominations will result in SSD generating letters of thanks along with a desk… Read more. SSD is Accepting Nominations for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards!

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Accommodations for Commencement Ceremonies

April 15, 2014

This information is for students who will be participating in graduation/commencement ceremonies in May. If you will not be participating in these ceremonies the information will not apply to you (yet!).  Please be aware that commencement ceremonies often require graduates to stand for long periods and/or use stairs to access the stage where you will… Read more. Accommodations for Commencement Ceremonies

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April 14th: Priority Registration

March 28, 2014

This information is for current UNDERGRADUATE students who registered with SSD prior to March 18, 2014 and are approved for Priority Registration as an accommodation. Priority registration time for the summer/fall 2014 semester is Monday, April 14, from 2 pm to midnight.  Your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) will not be updated with your registration time until April… Read more. April 14th: Priority Registration

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March 26th: Students on the Spectrum

March 21, 2014

 SSD will be hosting an event  that will give students with Asperger’s Syndrome or other autism-spectrum diagnoses a chance to connect with each other to share experiences and offer ideas and resources while enjoying pizza and drinks. Wednesday March 26th at 5:30pm in the SSD office (SSB 4.206) Several students have requested an opportunity to help… Read more. March 26th: Students on the Spectrum

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SSD Welcomes Jean Johnson as Administrative Associate!

March 18, 2014

Students, faculty and staff who have come through the front doors of SSD may have noticed a new face sitting at the front desk. SSD is excited to have Jean Johnson as part of the team helping to manage the front desk. Jean comes to SSD after working as an Administrative Assistant at a local… Read more. SSD Welcomes Jean Johnson as Administrative Associate!

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