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Student Disability Services (SDS)

Student Disability Services (SDS) is the campus office responsible for determining and providing appropriate academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Support services are available to students with certified visual limitations, hearing and communication impairments, learning disabilities, mobility, and other functional limitations.

What Specific Disability Services are provided at SDSU-IV?

The Office of Student Disability Services provides support services for students with mobility limitations, learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments, psychological disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and other disabilities.  These services include:

  • Counseling to assist students in making personal, academic, and vocational choices, and show how best to utilize campus facilities.
  • Orientation for students.
  • Priority registration for students with special needs.
  • Accessibility information, maps, and library study rooms.
  • Reader services and assistance with books on tape.
  • Testing assistance for visually impaired, learning disabled, and dexterity limited students.
  • Tutoring and note-taking services.
  • Referral to off-campus agencies for mobility orientation, financial benefits, and other services.

The Office is in the process of acquiring audio recorders and laptops for use by students with disabilities.

What Do Students Need To Do To Obtain Services?

  • When students apply for admission, they should contact the campus Disabilities Services Coordinator to discuss what services they will need due to their specific disabilities. 
  • Prior to receiving assistance, students must furnish appropriate medical documentation to Student Disability Services.  
  • The Disabilities Service Coordinator will assist students in obtaining a university letter outlining the accommodations they will need during their studies.  Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator well before the semester begins to obtain this letter.
  • Students should contact their academic adviser to make them aware of their disability needs and to discuss their program of study.
  • Students should contact their professor for each course at the beginning of the semester to self identify and explain their circumstances.  This will give them an opportunity to talk face-to-face with their professor before the term begins.

Is There A Fee For Services Through The Student Disability Services Office?

No. Services are authorized appropriate to each student's disability and provided without charge.

Whom Should Students Contact?

Students should contact the Disabilities Service Coordinator, Barbara Romero, MSW, at 760-768-5509, email: bromero@mail.sdsu.edu or visit the office located in Student Affairs.

Disabilities And The Law

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 are major pieces of federal legislation which prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities.  These Acts state that no otherwise qualified person with a disability may, "solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
The term "program or activity" includes all the operations of a college, university, or other post-secondary institution. As a recipient of federal funds, San Diego State University is subject to the requirements of this section (Section 504).

A Disability Guide For Faculty

A guide that will assist faculty in helping students with disabilities can be found at:  http://www.sa.sdsu.edu/sds/sds-main/documents/227545_DisabilityGuide.pdf