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!

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UT Tower with FireworksThis 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 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!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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March 7th: Deadline to Reserve Testing Space at SSD

March 5, 2014

If you have extended testing time, and the instructor cannot accommodate you for finals testing, please submit your test request form for Spring 2014 by Friday, March 7th at 5:00pm. This includes end of semester testing and finals.  Since we have limited space for testing, please contact your instructor first to see if they can […]

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Feb. 25th and March 5th: ADA Student Forums

February 18, 2014

The ADA Student Forums are a place for students to share their concerns and suggestions about campus accessibility and provide  feedback on their experiences as a student with a disability at UT. The campus ADA Coordinator and SSD staff will be in attendance and pizza will be provided by the Student Government-Students with Disabilities Agency. […]

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Hot Off the Press: SSD’s Spring 2014 Insider Newsletter

February 10, 2014

Want to know what’s new in SSD for the spring semester? Curious about upcoming events and opportunities for students with disabilities? Then take a few moments and read through the Spring 2014 Insider Newsletter. You can also read newsletters from past semesters on our Newsletter page.    

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Feb 4th and 6th: Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Forums

January 27, 2014

Voice Your Concerns at the Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Forums to be held February 4, 2014 from 4:00pm-5:00pm in NOA 3rd floor Austin Room and February 6, 2014 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in NOA 4.106. A message from the University ADA Coordinator: The University created a standing committee, the ADA Accessibility Committee, to address institution-wide, systemic issues […]

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Have You Requested Your Accommodation Letters?

January 16, 2014

Each semester students registered with SSD are responsible for requesting Accommodation Letters from SSD and delivering them to each professor. This is best done as early in the semester as possible so you have time to coordinate the logistics of your accommodations with your professor. Professors aren’t required to accommodate you if you haven’t delivered […]

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Introducing Heather Kaplan as SSD’s new Disabilities Services Coordinator

January 9, 2014

Services for Students with Disabilities is excited to announce that Heather Kaplan has been selected as a Disabilities Services Coordinator at SSD. Many UT students and staff will recognize Heather because of her four years working and co-running the front office of as Administrative Associate with SSD.  Heather considers her time managing the many responsibilities […]

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