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The Americans with Disabilities Act is a piece of civil rights legislation that ensures equal access to qualified individuals with disabilities, and prevents discrimination on the basis of a disability.

As a faculty member or a department of Virginia Tech, you have a responsibility to assist students with disabilities by helping to enable their accessibility to accommodations that will match their opportunity to succeed with that of their peers. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) has developed resources for faculty, staff, and university departments to help them aid Virginia Tech students with disabilities.

The first step in supporting students with disabilities is letting them know that you are there to help. The best way to do this is through a statement on your course syllabus letting students know that they may approach you if they need an accommodation. An example of one of these accommodations is using captioned media on videos and films shown during class.

If you have received a request for a volunteer note taker in your class, please see information for faculty and staff on the SSD Note-Taking Accommodations page.

If you are already familiar with the Note-Taking Accommodations process, you may directly access the Faculty Submission of Volunteer Note Takers form.

If you have a question or concerns, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 540-231-3788 or


To learn more about faculty responsibility, download the Faculty Brochure.