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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.



2014 Excellence in Access and Inclusion Awards Event 

All are invited to attend the awards reception on April 22 and hear our special guests speak on the topic "Neurodiversity on Campus." Also, please help the SSD office recognize and thank those who go beyond compliance with procedures, and who go the extra mile to make life on campus more accessible and equitable for students with disabilities by nominating an individual, department, or program for recognition.

Find out more on the Excellence in Access and Inclusion Awards page.


Faculty - Brown Bag Lunch

Faculty are invited to join Robyn Hudson on Thursday, April 24 at 12:00 noon for a presentation and discussion "Students with Disabilities in the Classroom: What faculty need to know (and were afraid to ask)" in Conference Room 3600 at the North End Center.  Bring your brown bag lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided.


Commencement Information

Commencement information is now available.


Fall 2014 Special Housing Request Deadlines

The deadline for submitting special housing accommodations requests to SSD for consideration for the Fall 2014 semester is Monday, April 7, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. for returning students and Monday, June 30, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. for new students. All requests must be in delivered and in the SSD office by this date and time.


SSD thanks all volunteer note takers.



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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