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!
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 be officially recognized. We want all graduates to be able to participate in their graduation ceremonies and accommodations are available to make that possible. Please see below for information on how to request accommodations for your college or school’s ceremonies.
Services for Graduates with Disabilities
Degree candidates with disabilities, who need accommodations to participate in either a Convocation ceremony or the University-wide Commencement ceremony, are asked to contact their college, school or department representative to ensure proper arrangements are made prior to arrival at Commencement activities. For more information about commencement ceremonies please visit http://www.events.utexas.edu/commencement/spring/grad-disability. If you know you will need an accommodation please make your request as soon as possible. Accommodation requests made less than five business days in advance of Commencement programs may not be able to be provided.
Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors!
This information only applies to current UNDERGRADUATE students who registered with SSD on or before March 26, 2015 and are approved for Priority Registration as an accommodation.
This is a reminder that the priority registration time for the Summer and Fall 2015 semester is Monday, April 20th from 2 pm to midnight.
Please make sure to clear all advising and other bars prior to April 20th. If these bars are not cleared, you will not be able to register for classes. In the past, there have been instances in which students registered with SSD have not had advising bars, even if required by their major. This was in error. If your major requires advising, you must meet with an advisor within your department to have your advising bar cleared prior to registering for classes. If you are not sure if this applies to you, please contact your college.
In addition, if students have not updated their Emergency Contact information with the University they may be barred from registering. This will be designated as a “Dean of Students (D) Type E” bar and can be resolved by going to UT Direct at <https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/student/emergency_contact/> and entering the necessary information.
Graduate and Law students typically register earlier in the day on the 20th (from 8-10 am). If you are not sure of your registration time and/or are in a professional school, please check online or ask your department/school.
If you have no bars and you do not see the Priority Registration time slot on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) you MUST email your Disabilities Coordinator before Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 pm. Upon receiving your email, they will take the necessary steps to fix this problem with the Registrar.
Link to RIS: http://registrar.utexas.edu/students/registration/before/ris
Please contact SSD or your Disabilities Services Coordinator with any questions or concerns about priority registration.
Due to the increased number of students with testing accommodations and the limited number of testing spaces available at SSD the FINAL DAY you can submit Testing Reservation Forms to SSD will be this Friday, February 27th, by 5:00PM. This is for ALL remaining exams including final exams!
In addition to SSD’s regular testing hours (M-F 8:30-4:30), SSD testing spaces will also be available for final exams on Saturday, May 16th , ONLY from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.
As a reminder, you should only reserve space to test at SSD if your instructor cannot accommodate you or if you have need of assistive technology in the SSD lab. Please make every effort to make arrangements directly with your instructor so our testing spaces can be reserved for those who do not have other options.
You can pick up the testing forms at SSD’s front office or print them off of SSD’s website at the following link: http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/downloads/SSDTestingFormFall2012.pdf.
Contact your Disabilities Coordinator immediately if you have any conflicts or concerns.