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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!

Black Desk clock reading In Appreciation Services for Students with DisabiliitesIn Fall 2015 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 Appreciation Award List Fall 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:

“Dr. Brownstein clearly cares a great deal about his students well being, and goes out of his way to make sure students questions get answered. He teaches many life lessons that I hope students take with them after the course (like the difference between facts and personal values), and does an outstanding job of teaching science in a practical, relevant way.”

“Dean Hogeda is supportive, informative, and extremely understanding…whenever I meet with Dean Hogeda I don’t feel like a student struggling with disabilities; I feel confident in my belief that I’m a student dealing with life and determined to continue my education. Dean Hogeda’s passion and commitment to his students shines through during every interaction I’ve had with him.”

Dr. Runggaldier was very easy to approach and always did her best to make a great learning environment for all of her students. She also reached out to me and made sure all was well with my accommodations which I appreciated. I think she deserves to be recognized with this clock because of her commitment to making the class the best it could be for both myself and other students.”

“When I finally registered with the SSD, Professor Cabello de Martinez dedicated herself to making sure I was given the opportunity to excel in her course despite every challenge I faced. Not only the accommodations, but the kindness and understanding she offered were things I never knew I needed to continue on with treatment in the midst of earning my degree. I want to make sure she knows how much her sweetness and encouragement meant to me throughout the semester…How she treats her students, especially those in need, enables them to press on both in learning and life despite any difficulty.”

Chris has worked extremely hard to ensure students with disabilities at McCombs are treated equitable and constantly makes students with disabilities feel welcomed and empowered. He truly consummates the idea of equality for all and for this he should be recognized. Chris has never displayed frustration or deference to all that he does for me. He has made my first semester memorable and enjoyable.”

“Professor Kathy Fuller-Seeley.. made a point of allowing me access to helpful material to better my experience in her class. She has always met me with a happy and positive attitude that has given me confidence and encouraged me to speak openly with her about my accommodations. Each class she teaches with an incredible passion for her subject and encourages all of her students to further their education outside of class time as well. My semester has been greatly impacted by her insightful teaching and wonderful personality. I greatly appreciate everything she has done for her students and believe her deserving of this appreciation recognition.”

“Dr. Keith Johnston went above and beyond to ensure that I would receive the help that I needed, but more importantly, he reminded me of how much professors really do care about their students and how they want nothing more than for their students to succeed. He gave me hope and motivation that my disability has only made me a stronger person. The drastic improvement that I made in this course was all made possible because of him.”

We are glad to have so many dedicated and supportive faculty and staff members at UT!

Sing on door reading :"Interview in progress"We would like to invite UT students, faculty and staff to participate in interviews for two candidates that are being brought to campus to interview for the Assistive Technology Lab Manager position within Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

The interview dates are Friday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 12, and the scheduled times/locations are below.  On each day, you are invited to an open interview session that will include students, faculty, and other stakeholders. Copies of the applicants’ materials will be available at all sessions as well as a form upon which you can provide feedback.  We truly value your support and input in this process.

The times and locations for each of the interview sessions are below.

Friday, January 8, 2016  – Candidate #1

10:15-11:00 AM, SSB 4.212, Open interview session for Students, Faculty, and Stakeholders

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – Candidate #2

10:15-11:00 AM, SSB 4.212, Open interview session for Students, Faculty, and Stakeholders

 

Thank you for your support!

 

SSD will be starting 2016 with some exciting changes!

Last year SSD began using a new database and starting in Spring 2016 we will be activating the Student Web Portal. The Student Web Portal will move many of our processes online over the next few semesters as we implement new modules.

Beginning with the Spring 2016 semester students will have the option of downloading and printing their own Accommodation Letters instead of picking up a hard copy from the SSD office. (Don’t worry, we’re happy to still print your Accommodation Letters for you if you prefer.) We hope this option will make it easier for students to get their Accommodation Letters and while streamlining the process on our end.

Here’s What Has Changed:

  • Students can now choose to download and print their own Accommodation Letters instead of picking up a hard copy from SSD
  • Once your Accommodation Letters are ready you will be sent a link via email that will direct you to the Web Portal where you can log in with your EID and UT password and download your Accommodation Letters.

Here’s What has Not Changed:

  • Students still have to submit an Accommodation Letter Request Form: http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/using-accommodations/
  • It will still take between 3-5 business days for SSD to process your request (we’ll start processing letters for Spring in January)
  • You will still get an email when your Accommodation Letters are ready to either be downloaded or picked up from the SSD office
  • Students are still responsible for delivering and discussing their accommodations with their instructors

Over the next several semesters SSD will be rolling out new features and options using the Student Web Portal. If you would like to be part of testing out and providing feedback during the implementation process, please consider joining the SSD Student Advisory Committee!

As with any major change, we anticipate experiencing some unexpected bumps and challenges along the way. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to improve experiences of students using accommodations.

SSD Accepting Nominations for the Fall 2015 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Awards!

December 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. SSD Accepting Nominations for the Fall 2015 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Awards!

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SSD Welcomes Kristen Anton as Disabilities Services Coordinator!

November 5, 2015

SSD is excited to introduce Kristen Anton as the newest member of the SSD Team! Kristen will be working with students with psychological conditions, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, ASD and medical conditions. Kristen’s passion for assisting college students started when working as an academic advisor for the Department of Psychology and as an intern for the… Read more. SSD Welcomes Kristen Anton as Disabilities Services Coordinator!

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October 27th and 30th: Interviews for Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Testing Programs

October 27, 2015

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 Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Testing Programs position within Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). The interview dates are October 27th and October 30th, and the scheduled times/locations… Read more. October 27th and 30th: Interviews for Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Testing Programs

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October 26th: Priority Registration

October 15, 2015

Current UNDERGRADUATE students who registered with SSD on or before October 7th, 2015 and are approved for Priority Registration as an accommodation will be able to register for Spring 2016 classes during the priority registration slot on Monday, October 26th from 2 pm to midnight. Please make sure to clear all advising and other bars prior to… Read more. October 26th: Priority Registration

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October 13th and 23rd: Interviews for Disabilities Services Coordinator

October 12, 2015

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 October 13th and October 23rd, and the scheduled times/locations are below. Students, faculty,… Read more. October 13th and 23rd: Interviews for Disabilities Services Coordinator

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October 9th: Deadline to Turn in Test Reservation Forms

October 1, 2015

Due to the limited availability of testing spaces at SSD, the FINAL DAY you can submit the Testing Reservation Form to SSD for the Fall 2015 semester will be FRIDAY, October 9th, by 5:00PM.  This is for ALL remaining exams including final examinations! As a reminder, you should only reserve space to test at SSD… Read more. October 9th: Deadline to Turn in Test Reservation Forms

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SSD’s Fall 2015 Newsletter

September 22, 2015

The best way to stay up to date on SSD news and events is to become an SSD Insider! Check out the most recent edition of the SSD newsletter where you’ll find important office and staff updates, changes to policies and procedures, a calendar of events, academic dates and deadlines, and ways to get involved… Read more. SSD’s Fall 2015 Newsletter

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