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!

Services for Student with Disabilities and the Department of Linguistics invite you to join them for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Meet & Greet.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
4–6 p.m.
Glickman Conference Center
College of Liberal Arts Building
CLA 1.302 B

Join us for an opportunity to meet deaf and hard of hearing students, staff, and faculty here at UT Austin. Learn more about the American Sign Language (ASL) program in the Department of Linguistics, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), and two student organizations, SignHorns and the Longhorn College Bowl Team.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to request accommodations, contact Lauren Kinast, Associate Director, SSD:

Welcome written on chalkboard

SSD will be holding an orientation session to help freshman and transfer students start the semester with confidence! During orientation we will be talking about delivering your Accommodation Letters, talking to your instructors and setting up your classroom and testing accommodations. Current students will be providing their perspectives on using accommodations at UT and SSD staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns.

Members of the disABILITY Advocacy Student Coalition will be attending to let you know how you can get involved with disability education and awareness on campus.

PIZZA will be provided!

 Please mark your calendars for EITHER September 10th OR September 11th, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, in the SSD offices. RSVP:

 Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is REQUIRED for all incoming freshman and transfer students.


Under Construction sign

During the summer there is lots of construction and remodeling taking place on campus. Sometimes these projects temporarily disrupt pedestrian routes or accessible pathways. Below are some disruptions that have been brought to our attention. We will continue to update these as we get additional information. Stay tuned!

Parlin Elevator Access: ADA upgrades will be made to the PAR elevator Aug. 22 – 26. It is probable that the work will be completed by Monday, August 25. In case of unforeseen conditions, please plan for the PAR elevator to be non-functional through 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 26th.

Engineering Complex: OFPC will close the side walk outside of SER (north side of 24th) starting August 5th- August 15th during the demo and construction of the new fire lane apron in support of the EERC Project.

Inner Campus: The north sidewalk on 24th street between Whitis and University streets will be closed June 28, 2014-September 5, 2014 to allow for the cleaning of the masonry on the Geography building. Ramp and crosswalk access at both ends will be open to the south sidewalk, which will be available for pedestrians.

Thanks for your patience as UT makes continuous improvements to our campus!


SSD Summer Closure

July 8, 2014

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… Read more. SSD Summer Closure

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SSD Welcomes Sarah Vahle as Disabilities Services Coordinator!

June 23, 2014

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… Read more. SSD Welcomes Sarah Vahle as Disabilities Services Coordinator!

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June 3rd and June 4th: Interviews for Disabilities Services Coordinator

May 28, 2014

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… Read more. June 3rd and June 4th: Interviews for Disabilities Services Coordinator

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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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