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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!

    Welcome to the Fall 2015 semester!

Our office is very excited to welcome you on campus!!  We invite you to get to know us a little bit better by attending our annual Accommodations Orientation.  This is a time for you to get answers and advice on a wide array of SSD-related questions including accommodations, self-advocacy, speaking to professors and testing procedures. You will also have the chance to meet other students who use accommodations and hear from current UT students about their experiences using accommodations at UT.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is REQUIRED for all incoming freshman and transfer students.  Please contact your SSD coordinator if you have any questions.

Choose from one of the follow dates:

Tuesday September 1st                               Or                                  Wednesday Sept. 2nd

The Union, 3.128                                                                                  The Union 3.208

Sinclair Suite                                                                                       Lone Star Room

5:00 – 6:30 PM                                                                                      5:00 -6:30PM

 

The Accommodations Orientation has been designed specifically to help you start your semester feeling confident and prepared to use your accommodations. To RSVP (we want to make sure you get pizza) and/or to request accommodations for the event please email: ssd@austin.utexas.edu.

 

 

 

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The SSD Office and ATEC lab will be closed all day (8am-5pm) on Tuesday July 21st for our annual staff retreat. We will resume our regular business hours on Wednesday July 22nd at 8am. If you need immediate assistance while our office is closed please contact The Dean of Students office at 512-471-5017.

We are excited about the opportunity to review the past year and start planning for next year!

Black Desk clock reading In Appreciation Services for Students with Disabiliites

This spring we received 39 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. The full list of nominees is available in PDF form at the following link Clock Award List Spring 2015. The full list of past nominees is available on the SSD Appreciation Award page of our website.

Here are some excerpts from students’ nominations:

“She was especially helpful in making me feel comfortable in the classroom environment, and provided discreet accommodations for me. I was able to excel in her class and enjoy myself, feeling more comfortable than I have in other class settings. She was readily available to help me when situations came up.”

 “Over the course of the semester [my professor] reached out to me any time she noticed I was struggling. Each time I came to her for guidance, she graciously and lovingly helped me in any way she could. She gave me so much hope and motivation whenever I was doubting myself, or whatever I was struggling with that day.”

 “As an SSD student, I often find it difficult to have conversations with faculty regarding certain accommodations, so I always put it off until a few days before I actually need them (which is a bad habit, I know!); however, before every exam, [my professor] actually reached out to me to schedule it. I just want to let him know that it meant a lot. Sometimes small actions like this really reminded me of how much professors care about their students. He could have easily waited for me to contact him to schedule my exam, but he always reached out to me at least a week in advance. Sending him this clock will hopefully let him know that it is, indeed, the little things that count — whether it is printing out slides for his class, making funny comments, or reaching out to a student in need to schedule her exams.”

“He has been kind to me all semester, and my class and I find him quite humorous. He complied with my requests for extra time for his three exams. He also listens to me, understands me, and he goes above and beyond to help me with my accommodations. He treats me like an equal and doesn’t look down on me because of my disability.”

“This woman is the reason I am registered with SSD, she directed me to SSD when she thought there something wrong with my learning capability. She was a great teacher and always was extremely helpful.”

We are grateful for all the faculty and staff who help create an accessible and inclusive environment for students with disabilities at UT!

Summer 2015 Updates

June 1, 2015

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! 21st St. Sidewalk Closure The sidewalk on… Read more. Summer 2015 Updates

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Provide Your Feedback to SSD

May 19, 2015

We hope your finals went well and you are enjoying a much deserved break from classes and studying. 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.  The… Read more. Provide Your Feedback to SSD

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Nominations for SSD Appreciation Awards

May 4, 2015

It’s time to nominate faculty and staff for SSD’s End of the Semester Faculty/Staff Appreciation Awards! Every semester SSD asks students to nominate faculty or staff at UT who have gone above and beyond to make sure students with disabilities have access to and are included in all aspects of campus life. This is an… Read more. Nominations for SSD Appreciation Awards

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Accommodations for Commencement Ceremonies

April 21, 2015

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 20th: Priority Registration

April 8, 2015

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… Read more. April 20th: Priority Registration

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February 27th: Last Day to Submit Testing Reservations Forms to SSD

February 23, 2015

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… Read more. February 27th: Last Day to Submit Testing Reservations Forms to SSD

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March 2nd and March 5th: ADA Student Forums

February 13, 2015

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, SSD staff and Student Government Disabilities Inclusion Agency Representations will be in attendance and food will be provided by… Read more. March 2nd and March 5th: ADA Student Forums

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