While the SSD office will be open to continue serving students as long as the campus is open, we have made adjustments to many of our services in order to protect students and staff. Please read through the information below so you are aware of the changes and can plan accordingly. Since the situation continues to evolve, there may be additional changes as more information becomes available. Students are encouraged to check their email regularly for updates from UT and SSD. Please continue to check the UT website to stay informed.
Accommodations in online classes: Since many classes are moving online, the way accommodations are provided may change as well. Students are encouraged to read through this webpage and consider how or if their accommodations apply in their online classes. Some accommodations may no longer be relevant since online courses offer more flexibility than face to face classes. Instructors are still required to provide accommodations that are necessary to provide students with equal access to the class instruction, material and evaluation. SSD staff will be available by phone/email to support students and instructors during this transition.
Submitting documentation: Students who need to submit documentation or completed forms should do so via email. Students should not to come to the SSD office in person.
Walk In/Office Hours: Students can still contact their SSD/their Disabilities Services Coordinators via phone or email. In person appointments will not be available at this time. Please be aware that response times may be delayed and that there are many things that are still unknown or being figured out.
Intake Appointments: SSD will not be offering intake appointments until March 30th. At that time only phone or Zoom appointments will be available.
Testing: SSD will not proctor tests in our office since all tests have been moved online. Many testing accommodations may no longer be relevant if students are testing in their own spaces using their own technology. See this webpage for more information about testing accommodations.
Alternative Text: Students can still submit requests for texts in alternate formats using the online link. SSD will coordinate with students individually if they need to drop off/pick up hard copies of materials.
Notetaking: The SSD Notetaking Module will still be available to students and notetakers. However, students should check to see what materials will be available online as notes may no longer be relevant if lectures are audio/video recorded and slides/materials are available to all students online.
Sign Language Interpreter/Captioning Requests: In person interactions are being discouraged at this time; however if students have a need for an interpreter or captioning they can follow the regular procedure for submitting a request. The SSD DHH Team is still coordinating with campus departments and instructors to ensure courses are accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
We realize this is a time of uncertainty and change for everyone and we appreciate your patience as we all do our best to move forward and continue with the semester. All community members should continue to diligently monitor their personal health and hygiene and take preventive measures.
Useful UT Links
The university and SSD will keep you updated as we work to make adjustments to our policies and operations. Please continue to check our website to stay informed.