Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) exists to assist the Division of Student Affairs and the university with advancing their missions and with protecting students' civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. SSD establishes clear guidelines and procedures, creates collaborative partnerships, and provides progressive services to promote student learning, personal growth, and development of life skills. SSD endeavors to create a campus climate in which students with disabilities experience full access and inclusion in curricular and co-curricular opportunities in the academic community.
Provide Progressive Services
Provide dynamic programming and utilize innovative technologies to enhance overall educational experiences and prepare students with disabilities for active engagement and leadership in a global community.
Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate
Advocate increasing access and full participation of students with disabilities through purposeful education of students, faculty, and the campus community.
Support Student Success Across Life Transitions
Facilitate the transitions of students with disabilities into and through their post-secondary and graduate school education and into internships and the workplace.
Establish and Disseminate Clear Guidelines and Procedures
Establish and convey clearly defined guidelines and procedures to address the responsibilities of both the university and the student in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended 2008.
Evaluate to what degree the stated mission, above goals, and student learning outcomes are being met
Develop and implement a systematic departmental assessment and evaluation strategy, and make programmatic changes as necessary.
ADA and University Policy
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Virginia Tech is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities have the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary education without barriers to instruction and services. Under Policy Memorandum 178, the university has given authority to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to interpret disability documentation, determine the existence of a disability, and determine appropriate accommodations in this university setting. Academic accommodations, as determined by SSD, serve to "level the playing field" (by removing barriers) between students with disabilities and students who do not have a documented disability.