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San Diego State University

Student Disability Services

About Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) is the university office responsible for providing appropriate academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Our goal is to minimize barriers and ensure equal access for eligible students with disabilities to higher education through academic support services, technology and advocacy in order to promote their retention and graduation. Services and accommodations are available to students with documented disabilities, including but not limited to students who have visual limitations, communication limitations, learning disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, attentional disabilities, mobility and other functional limitations, as well as those who are deaf or hard of hearing. At SDSU, students initiate contact with Student Disability Services by providing appropriate documentation in order to determine eligibility. Services and accommodations may include note taking, accommodated testing, sign language interpreters, real-time captioning and textbooks in accessible formats. Qualified students may also have access to an assistive technology lab, and to a grant-funded project that provides enhanced academic and personal growth support. Internship and pre-employment services are available through Workability IV program for students who are Department of Rehabilitation clients. Students with temporary disabilities may request note taking, assistance with test taking, special parking and/or cart service. The program currently serves over 1500 students, which includes undergraduate and graduate students.


Our Mission

Student Disability Services (SDS) is dedicated to empowering students with disabilities by ensuring they have access to appropriate support and services that minimize academic and physical barriers.


To further this mission, SDS is committed to the following:

  • Promoting self-advocacy within students with disabilities.
  • Working collaboratively with SDSU campus community to increase disability awareness.
  • Providing academic support services and assistive technology.