Disability Services

Accommodation Process

Admission to USD:
  • The accommodation process begins with admission to USD. Admission decisions are made without regard to disabilities. All prospective students, including students with disabilities, are expected to present academic credentials at or above the minimum standards for admission.
  • You are not required to disclose your disability during  admissions process. However, Disability Services is here to assist with the transition to post secondary education. If you choose to self disclose your disability with an admissions counselor, they will assist you with contacting Disability Services.
Self Disclose Disability:
  • Once you have been admitted to USD, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as a person with a disability to Disability Services in order to request and receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations while attending the University.
  • You may self disclose your disability at any time during your academic career. If you have previously received accommodations in an academic setting, you are encouraged to self disclose your disability before classes begin.
Disability Documentation:
  • If you have a disability that is not visibly obvious, you must provide Disability Services with professional documentation to support the request for accommodation. Each person and each disability is unique; however, there are general guidelines that Disability Services utilizes to determine if a student has a disability according to the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of disability.
  • For disabilities involving learning such as learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injuries and most psychiatric disabilities) a full psycho-education test battery needs to be included in the documentation.
Request Accommodations:
  • Disability Services and USD are required to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to allow equal access. The University is not required to lower or affect substantial modifications to academic requirements or to make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity. Accommodations provided by Disability Services and USD vary from person to person, class to class and location to location.