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Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Student Disability Services (SDS). If you have additional questions, please contact us at sds@butler.edu

How do I report a disability?

If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation, you must report your disability directly to Student Disability Services (SDS). Accommodation requests cannot be considered until the student has submitted the appropriate documentation to SDS and has engaged in an interactive discussion with the appropriate SDS staff member.  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?

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?

The Office of Student Disability Services is located in Jordan Hall, room 136. Please call 317-940-9308 to schedule an appointment.

Who typically receives support through Student Disability Services?

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?

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?

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.)