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Determining if You Have a Disability

What is a disability?

An individual is considered to have a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activity, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008.

How does a student access accommodations and services through SSD?

Accommodations and services are determined on an individual basis. First, a student contacts the SSD office to schedule an appointment to discuss his or her concerns and what information or documentation should be provided. After reviewing this documentation, the SSD staff will schedule a follow-up consultation to determine possible accommodations and next steps.

I think I may have a disability, what do I do?

Many Virginia Tech students encounter academic and personal difficulties as a student. When those difficulties persist and attempts to remedy the issue do not seem to fully address a problem, students may wonder if they may have a disability such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychological disability, or medical condition that might meet criteria for having a disability. Many students registered with SSD either acquire a disability or learn that they qualify for services aftercoming to college.

It’s never too late! Think back to elementary school, middle, and high school. Did you struggle with math, reading, or focusing? Fifty percent of students registered with SSD began receiving services as upper-class or graduate students after they recognized that their academic performance did not reflect their aptitude and effort. If you think this describes you, call SSD at 540-231-3788 and schedule a confidential consultation with an SSD staff coordinator. We can help you identify the next steps you need to take, either through SSD, another university department, or an outside service provider.