Student Disability Services: New Name, Same Mission

UT’s Office of Disability Services has been renamed Student Disability Services (SDS).

The office partners with the campus community to enhance campus diversity by creating equitable access for students.

“The name change is designed to better communicate the office’s mission and reflects the population that we serve—students with disabilities,” said Annazette Houston, SDS director.

About 1,500 students register each year to receive specialized services through SDS. The office helps students with temporary injuries or medical conditions as well as those with learning disabilities, ADHD, visual and hearing disabilities, chronic health disabilities, psychological and mobility issues, and traumatic brain injuries. The office provides a variety of accommodations including note taking, testing, sign language interpreting, transcribing, and alternate media services.

SDS is located in 100 Dunford Hall. Recently certified by the National Collegiate Testing Association, the SDS testing center proctored 558 exams during finals. The office also houses a computer lab, conference room, training space, and lounge areas.

“Changing the name of the office is an important milestone. This will also aid prospective students and parents to understand the scope of our office,” Houston said. “The goal of providing accommodations for students with disabilities is to remove possible barriers to their education and campus-wide experience.”