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Services for Students with Disabilities

Services for Students with Disabilities exists to assist students with disabilities and problem-solve personal and environmental issues that may interfere with full access to academics and/or hinder academic performance. SSD offers a wealth of services to students with disabilities.


Commencement Information

Accessibility information for Fall 2014 Commencement ceremonies is available on our Commencement Information page.

Spring 2015 Note Taker Request Deadline

The deadline for note taker requests for Spring 2015 semester is Friday, February 13, 2015.

Spring 2015 Alternate Text Request Deadline

The deadline for alternate text requests for Spring 2015 semester is Monday, January 5, 2015.

Request Winter Session Accommodations

For Winter Session DO NOT use the accommodation letter request process. Instead, use the following survey

If you need assistance with the accessibility of the survey site, please call 540-231-3788 or email and we will be glad to assist you. If you are taking more than one class, please fill out the survey separately for each class (sorry about that—we will work on a better way).

Alternative Text Format Accommodation for Winter Session 2014

The Alternate Text Format Accommodation is assigned to certain students with appropriate documentation confirming a print disability and the need for required reading to be in an electronic format. Alternate text requests for winter session must be submitted by Wednesday December 10, 2014

The university will close from December 24 and open January 5. Therefore, no alternate text requests for winter session will be accepted after the due date.

Upon receiving your winter semester schedule, determine your list of required textbooks. If you cannot determine required reading material for a winter class, email SSD ( with the class information, professor's name and professor's email. SSD will contact the professor.

If you are a student who receives the alternate text accommodation but is unsure how to use text to speech software options, please contact the SSD office at or 540-231-3788.

Purchasing textbooks

Due to U.S. copyright laws, SSD must receive a proof of purchase from a student before providing an alternate text format. If you have any questions about what is an acceptable proof of purchase contact the SSD office.

An audio or e-book format may be a consideration for you when purchasing your textbooks. If you have questions about purchasing these formats contact SSD or the purchasing agent. E-book purchases are usually non-refundable so be sure this format will work with your text-to-speech options.

Note-taking Accommodation for Winter Session 2014

The Note-taking accommodation is assigned to certain students with medical documentation confirming the need for access to a set of class notes. This accommodation assists students with auditory, memory, psychological, visual or physical conditions in overcoming a barrier caused by a disability.Students must attend class to receive notes through this accommodation. Students receiving notes agree that the notes are for personal use only and not to be shared or posted online.

Note taker requests for winter session must be submitted by Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

The university will close from December 24 and open January 5. Therefore, no note taker requests will be accepted after the due date.

To receive notes from a volunteer note taker a SSD student must complete the SSD survey and indicate he/she will need a note taker.

Due to the short semester, SSD will work directly with professors to establish a note taker.

Information About Career Development and Workforce Recruitment

SSD and Career Services have information about career development at this link. Disability Connection Newsletter-Fall 2014

10 Ways to Have a Happy Holiday

1. Winter Reads. When it looks like cold, snowy weather is here to stay, curl up with books and warm your soul! Reading aloud to your family is a wonderful way to spend time together...See all ten at



What is a disability?

An individual is considered to have a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activity, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. If you have a disability and need accommodations, please register with Services for Students with Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008.

I think I may have a disability, what do I do?

Do you think you have a disability? It’s never too late to receive accommodations! Think back to elementary school, middle, and high school. Did you struggle with math, reading, or focusing? Fifty percent of students registered with SSD began receiving services as upper-class or graduate students after they recognized that their academic performance did not reflect their aptitude and effort. If you think this describes you, call SSD at 540-231-3788 and schedule a confidential consultation with an SSD staff coordinator. We can help you identify the next steps you need to take, either through SSD, another university department, or an outside service provider.

Disabilities served

Examples of the types of disabilities SSD serves are:

  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Autism/Asperger's disorder
  • Chronic illness
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Learning disabilities
  • Medical/physical disabilities
  • Mobility impairments
  • Psychological disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vision impairments

Tell us about your visit

Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey about your visit to our website. No personal information will be collected and your comments will be used to make future improvements to the SSD website. Thank you for participating.

SSD Quick Links

SSD Testing Reservation Login

Accommodation Letter Request Form

Note Taking Accommodations

Alternate Text Accommodations

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Lavery Hall, STE 310, Virginia Tech
430 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm