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Students may contact SSD to learn more about disability services at Virginia Tech. If you have a disability, used an IEP or 504 Plan in high school, have a history of using accommodations, or experience disability-related barriers or obstacles during your time at Virginia Tech, SSD can explore options with you and/or begin an interactive process of identifying reasonable accommodations on campus. 

Requests for accommodations in academic, housing, emergent, study abroad, or any university program should follow the steps below to begin the process.

1. Complete an Accommodations Request Form and submit it with relevant documentation from a healthcare provider to the secure portal here: https://onecampus.vt.edu/task/all/schiffert-online-health-portal

A word about documentation: Disability documentation is used to support and guide us through the interactive process. When possible, it is helpful to upload disability documentation along with your request for reasonable accommodations. Please read our documentation guidelines. If you do not have relevant medical documentation, you may also share this verification form with your healthcare provider. If you do not have any documentation, be sure to answer all questions on the request form.

2. After we receive your Accommodations Request Form and documentation we will contact you with an appointment date and time.

This is an opportunity to meet the disability counselor for your primary college. This meeting is also an opportunity to clarify any concerns about campus and familiarize yourself with SSD staff, procedures, and our facility. During this meeting you will share information about your learning styles, barriers, and past educational experiences and help identify reasonable options that provide equal access at Virginia Tech. Meetings generally result in an accommodation letter that lists approved accommodations. You may then use this document to arrange individual accommodations in your courses. In future semesters you will need a new letter. SSD will send you an email when it's time to request accommodation letters for the next semester.

3. Implement your accommodations and keep us in the loop!

After your intake meeting, learn how to implement your accommodations by completing SSD’s orientation in Canvas. SSD will email you an invitation to the course in Canvas after your intake meeting. Log in with your Virginia Tech credentials to learn useful information about your accommodations. 

Then you will work with your instructor to determine the best methods for implementing your accommodations. Have a private conversation with your instructor about implementing accommodations in her course. Not sure how to talk to your instructor? Make sure you complete our orientation as soon as you can for helpful information. If you and your instructor are not sure, please loop in your counselor so we can help you and the instructor identify appropriate options. 

Once your accommodations are implemented, remember to keep in touch! We want to hear about your successes and challenges. If you believe different accommodations would be equitable, please reach out to us as soon as possible so we can further discuss with you.

You may find more information specific to emergent disabilities, illnesses and injuries on this page.

Reminders:

  • Students are encouraged to request accommodations early in the semester. Accommodations are generally not retroactive and take time to implement depending on complexity. If you are not sure whether you want to use accommodations in college, we still encourage you to meet with a disability counselor to learn about other opportunities for support around campus or resources on independent disability management. 

  • Before Fall and Spring semesters, previous accommodation users may request some accommodations through our expedited process. Requests can include 1.5x or 2x extended time on assessments, priority scheduling, reduced-distraction environments for testing, and some note-taking assistance. Students who opt into the expedited process do not complete an intake meeting, so requests are typically processed faster than standard requests. Students new to using accommodations, and/or requests outside the accommodations listed are not eligible for the expedited process and should follow our standard process to request accommodations.