Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services: FAQs

How do I report a disability? ~ Show Answer

If you have a disability and would like to officially report it to the University, you must contact Student Disability Services (SDS). Although you may choose to disclose the disability to other university officials, direct disclosure to the Student Disability Services is required before a student can be considered for eligibility of services. Please contact SDS at (317) 940-9308 or at sds@butler.edu for an individualized, confidential discussion regarding your specific situation.

When should I report the disability? ~ Show Answer

Early disclosure of a disability has been found to be a positive indicator for academic success. Thus, the disability is best disclosed immediately after acceptance to the University. Additionally, early disclosure allows sufficient time to develop modifications if they are found to be needed.

Where is the Student Disability Services office located? ~ Show Answer

The Office of Student Disability Services is located in Jordan Hall, Room 136. Please call (317)940-9308 TTY /Voice to schedule an appointment.

Who typically receives support through Student Disability Services? ~ Show Answer

The University facilitates assistance for individuals with a variety of disabilities, including, but not limited to students with:

  • hearing loss
  • visual impairment
  • learning disabilities
  • chronic medical conditions
  • attention deficit disorder
  • mobility impairments
  • psychiatric/emotional disabilities

What must I do to establish eligibility for support? ~ Show Answer

Generally, students are asked to submit written documentation based on an evaluation by an appropriate licensed professional. The documentation is reviewed by Student Disability Services and, if found to be warranted, a reasonable plan of assistance will be developed.

What kinds of support are available? ~ Show Answer

Support services are individualized and developed on a case-by-case basis. Specific adjustments are determined by academic history and the diagnostic data reported in the written documentation. Services might include, but are not limited to:

  • access to speech recognition software systems
  • assistance with note taking
  • assistance with alternative texts
  • alternative test arrangements
  • extended time on examinations
  • access to a reading machine
  • use of tape recorders for classroom lectures
  • peer mentoring
  • assistance with self advocacy
  • individual and group support services
  • assistive technology support
  • course substitutions, in limited circumstances
  • relocation of class to an accessible site, if needed

(Support services do not include services/equipment of a personal nature.)