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!

Black Desk clock reading In Appreciation Services for Students with Disabiliites

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 clock that says, “In Appreciation Services for Students with Disabilities”. Feel free to nominate faculty and/or staff who you feel deserve this gift of appreciation.

Updated deadline: Tuesday December 16th at 5pm

Please send your nominations to by 5 p.m. on Friday December 12th. Your nomination should include the individual’s full name, department and a few sentences explaining how he/she has impacted your semester at the University of Texas at Austin.

We know this is a busy time, but appreciate your efforts in making these nominations.

If you would like to see a list of nominees from past semesters visit our Clock Award page.

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Friday December 5th is the last day of class but it is also the deadline to use the following options. These dates are University deadlines and cannot be altered. If you have questions about your situation or the options listed below please come to our office in SSB 4.206 between 9am-4pm during our Walk In hours to meet with a Coordinator who can review the options in more detail.

Medical Withdrawal

University Health Services (UHS) and the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) process medical withdrawals (MW) when significant medical or mental health problems affect a student’s ability to attend classes or perform academically. Although all applications and documentation are to be submitted to Services for Students with Disabilities we do not make the final determination for these requests. A completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the SSD office in SSB 4.206 by 5pm. The application and instructions are posted at the following link:

Course Load Reduction for Graduate Students

Graduate students need to submit completed course load reduction application and supporting documentation to the SSD office in SSB 4.206 by 5pm.  The application and instructions are posted at the following link: . If a student is already registered with SSD and approved for a Course Load Reduction, no additional documentation is needed, although a completed application is still required.

One Time Exception Drop/Withdrawal

Undergraduate students who may not have urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons will be allowed to drop a single class or withdraw from the University after the deadline to drop or withdraw for academic reasons under the provisions of the One-Time-Exception (OTE). A student must request the OTE from the student’s dean’s office by the last class day. Forms must be returned to the student’s dean’s office before the first day of final exams. SSD does not play any part in the OTE process. More information is available at the following link:




Undergraduate students who may need to drop a course for disability-related reasons must submit their completed application to the SSD office (SSB 4.206) by 5pm on November 4th. All students need to submit a completed CLR application and provide documentation that verifies they are seeking to drop a course for disability-related reasons. If a student is registered with SSD and has a CLR has an approved accommodation no additional documentation is needed.

The Course Load Reduction process allows a student to drop a course(s) for non-academic/disability-related reasons. SSD staff reviews the Course Load Reduction application and supporting documentation and, if supported, makes a recommendation for the Dean of the College/School to drop the course. SSD does not make the final determination about whether or not a course will be dropped. Dropped courses will be counted as non-academic Q-drops and will result in a Q on a student’s transcript.

Students with questions about the Course Load Reduction process should contact SSD during Walk In hours from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Course Load Reduction Accommodation for students registered with SSD: The accommodation of course load reduction (CLR) is generally defined as maintaining full time status while being registered for fewer than twelve (12) hours for undergraduate students, and fewer than nine (9) for graduate students in a given semester. Students approved for CLR and registered with SSD will not be penalized by part-time status in policy and program areas under University control; however, auxiliary services (such as federal financial aid, personal insurance, non-University sponsored scholarships, etc.) may be affected.

Applications and more information are available on our website :


October 27th: Priority Registration

October 16, 2014

This information is for current UNDERGRADUATE students who registered with SSD prior to October 3, 2014 and are approved for Priority Registration as an accommodation. The priority registration time for the Spring 2015 semester is Monday, October 27th from 2 pm to midnight. Please make sure to clear all advising and other bars prior to October 27th. … Read more. October 27th: Priority Registration

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October is Disability Awareness Month!

September 30, 2014

During the 82nd Legislative Session, HB 3616 was passed which designates October as Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month in Texas (commonly called Disability Awareness Month). During this time, we have an opportunity to highlight the achievements of Texans with disabilities who made significant contributions to the state and to acknowledge the extraordinary Americans… Read more. October is Disability Awareness Month!

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Check out SSD’s Fall 2014 Newsletter!

September 29, 2014

  If you want to know what’s happening at SSD this semester, look no further than the Fall edition of the SSD Insider! With information on Disability Awareness Month events, important academic dates and deadlines and opportunities to get involved, the SSD Insider is your way to keep up to date and in the know!… Read more. Check out SSD’s Fall 2014 Newsletter!

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October 3rd: Final Day to Turn In Testing Reservation Forms

September 25, 2014

 Due to the increased number of students registered with SSD and the limited testing spaces available at the SSD office, we are close to reaching capacity for testing spaces for the entire fall semester. PLEASE NOTE that the FINAL DAY you can submit the Testing Reservation Form to SSD will be FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd by… Read more. October 3rd: Final Day to Turn In Testing Reservation Forms

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September Is Deaf Awareness Month

September 17, 2014

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,… Read more. September Is Deaf Awareness Month

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Sept. 10th and 11th: SSD Orientation

August 18, 2014

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… Read more. Sept. 10th and 11th: SSD Orientation

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Pedestrian and Access Disruptions

August 4, 2014

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… Read more. Pedestrian and Access Disruptions

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