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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.


Virginia Tech Guidelines on Service Animals and Assistance/Support Animals 2016

Download the PDF document to read or print the official guidelines.


Special Housing Deadlines

The deadlines to apply for special housing accommodations for fall 2016 were as follows:

  • For returning students: Friday, April 15, by 5pm.
  • For incoming freshmen: Friday, July 8, by 5pm.


Note Taking Accommodation Quick Links

Summer and Fall Deadline Dates

  • Summer I: Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Summer II: Friday, July 8, 2016
  • Fall: Friday, September 16, 2016

The Note Taking Accommodations page has details for students using the accommodation, volunteer note takers, and faculty. Please click the link and read the section that applies to you before using one of the links below:

Note Taker Request Form

Volunteer Note Taker Information Form

Faculty Submission of Volunteer Note Takers Form

Request Accommodation Letters for Fall Semester

You may request your accommodation letters for fall semester now. Please click the link above to make your requests.


Alternate Text Requests

Students receiving the alternate text accommodation may submit requests using this Alternate Text Format Request form.


Student succeeds with help of SSD

Electrical Engineering major Bryan Faulkner and SSD are featured in a Virginia Tech Daily News article.


Career Development

The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office emphasizes the importance of career development for students and alumni with disabilities by providing information and hosting events to assist students registered with the SSD office.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact our Career Services liaison, Tamara Cherry-Clarke,, and use the full resources available through Virginia Tech Career Services


ASD Research Opportunities

Are you a Virginia Tech student with Autism Spectrum Disorder or do you have a sibling with ASD?  There are several opportunities to participate in research at the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research and the Virginia Tech Psychology Department


Spring 2016 Commencement

The Spring 2016 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony was held on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:30am in Lane Stadium.  The Graduate School Commencement ceremony was on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2:30pm in Cassell Coliseum.  For information relating to accessibility please see one of the following pages: SSD's Commencement Information page or ADA Services Commencement Accessibility page. 




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

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SSD Quick Links

SSD Testing Reservation Login

Accommodation Letter Request Form

Note Taking Accommodations

Alternate Text Accommodations

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430 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

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