Eligibility & Application

To be eligible for disability related services, you must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitations Act of 1973. According to these regulations, you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities: walking, standing, seeing, hearing, sitting, breathing, learning or taking care of yourself. These federal rules prohibit discrimination in recruitment, admission, or treatment against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have a documented disability, you may request accommodations that enable to you participate in and benefit from all University programs and activities.

Applying for Services

All students must apply for SDS services and meet personally with the Coordinator of Disability Services to be officially registered for academic accommodations. During this meeting, the Coordinator will review any information provided, explain any additional documentation needed and discuss important information regarding your academic accommodation needs.

 First Step:

  1. Complete the SDS Application.
  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with the SDS Coordinator: 359-4714 or e-mail disabilityservices@sar.usf.edu
  3. Bring copies of any disability documentation. This may include medical records, psychological reports and accommodation plans from previous institutions.

What happens next:

  1. If the documentation you provide is complete and meets guidelines (please refer to Disability Documentation link), the Coordinator will develop an academic accommodation plan specific to your needs.
  2. If additional documentation is required, the Coordinator will explain what additional information is needed, and will provide guidelines and verification forms.

Once Approved for Services:

The Coordinator will give you a Memo of Accommodation for each course in which you require accommodations. It is your responsibility to give the Memo to your instructor. We encouraged you to meet privately with your instructor to discuss your specific needs.