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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!

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 :


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.  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 <> and entering the necessary information.

Graduate and Law students typically register earlier in the day on the 27th (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 Thursday, October 23rd at 12:00 pm.  Upon receiving your email, they will take the necessary steps to fix this problem with the Registrar.

Link to RIS:

Please contact your Disabilities Services Coordinator if you have any questions.

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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 who led the way in the disability rights movement. The bill seeks to increase public awareness of the many achievements of people with disabilities; encourage public understanding of the disability rights movement; and reaffirm the local, state, and federal commitment to providing equality and inclusion for people with disabilities. For more information and additional resources to promote Disability Awareness Month visit .

SSD has a long history of celebrating Disability Awareness Month during October.  Please join us for the events listed below! We’ve also provided a PDF version of our calendar of events here: Disability Awareness Month Events Calendar. We’ll be busy posting on social media throughout the month so like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @UT_SSDisability so you don’t miss out!

Brown Bag Discussion with SSD: An information conversation about accommodations and disability at UT

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Student Activity Center (SAC) 1.118

Have you ever wondered why some students get extra time on their exams? Are you curious about why your instructor asks for a volunteer to share their notes?
Do you want to know who can qualify as a student with a disability? This is your chance to ask questions and increase your understanding of why and how we accommodate students with disabilities at UT. Bring your lunch and enjoy a casual Q&A session with SSD staff. Feel free to drop by and participate as your schedule allows
No RSVP required.

disABILITY Advocate Foundation Training
Wednesday, October 8
1 p.m.—3 p.m. • Student Activity Center (SAC) 1.118
This engaging two-hour training provides a foundation in disability education and awareness and allows for interaction and discussion among participants. Topics include disability-related language, how to recognize and reduce barriers for people with disabilities, the perspective of disability as an aspect of diversity, and how to make a positive difference on campus for people with disabilities.This training is open to students, faculty, and staff, but space is limited so please RSVP at: EID log-in is required. Register for DA 1.

disABILITY Advocate Instructor Training

Wednesday October 15th
1 – 2:30p.m. • Student Activity Center (SAC) 1.118

Knowing how to provide accommodations to students can sometimes be a challenge. The disABILITY Advocate Faculty Training provides an opportunity for education and discussion about how to interact with and accommodate students with disabilities in order to create an understanding and inclusive environment at
UT while also balancing the integrity and rigor of academic courses and requirements. To RSVP go to: EID log-in is required. Register for DA 2.

White Cane Day
Wednesday October 15th
9:15 a.m. – Starts at the Texas State Capitol. March to City Hall
10 a.m. – City Hall, Downtown Austin
Speech by the mayor followed by a celebration at Republic Square Park

This is a day to educate the world about blindness, how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities and to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world.

Breaking the Silence
Tuesday October 21st
7 – 9 p.m. • Texas Union Ballroom
Co-sponsored with Voices Against Violence in conjunction with Relationship Violence Prevention Month. Keynote speaker Aimme Morgan (Miss Wheelchair Alabama 2012), on and off-campus resource fair, free refreshments, and speak-out for student survivors of relationship violence.


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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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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