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The Office of Student Disability Services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will institute virtual office hours effective immediately. What does this mean for you? The Innovations in Learning Center has provided us with information regarding Zoom, the platform in which we will hold these offices hours. You may click the link provided here to familiarize yourself with Zoom: Zoom Web Meetings

Our staff stands at the ready to provide students registered with the office, or students wishing to register with the office. Our Office Hours are as follows: 

  • Mr. Laventrice Ridgeway, Director
  • Mr. Eric Light, Coordinator, Accommodated Testing
  • Mr. Michael Evers, Coordinator, Sensory Impairment Technology
  • Mr. Charles Newman, Web Support

Faculty members, please click the following link to get insight into making your classes accessible: Accessibility

The University of South Alabama is thrilled to introduce you to our new portal for registration with the Office of Student Disability Services. Click Here to Access AIM and register with our office today. 

The University provides services to students with physical, psychological, or learning disabilities. 

Students in need of accommodations due to a disability should make contact with the Office of Student Disability Services located at 320 Student Center Circle, Educational Services Building, Suite 19. While appointments will always be accepted, walk-in hours are Mondays from 1:30-2:30pm. This is subject to change without notification.

Contact us at (251)460-7212, disabilityservices@southalabama.edu

Students, please read below for info regarding campus operations:

▼   Is SDS still open? 

No. See the above info regarding Zoom. You may also Call us at (251) 460-7212 or email us at disabilityservices@southalabama.edu

▼   What happens now that exams are online? How do I get extended time for an online exam?

SDS will not be proctoring exams while the University’s instruction remains online only. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your exam accommodations in their courses.  

Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments (e.g. essays, untimed exams) which would not require exam accommodations. If your instructor is creating online timed exams, please notify your instructor if you will need extended time. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in Canvas or Sakai.


SDS is available to instructors and students to consult about unique circumstances. 

▼   I currently have a volunteer note-taker assigned in my in-person class. Now that class is online, will I still receive a copy of the notes?

Once you have learned from your instructor on how they will adapt the course for virtual instruction, please let your note-taker know if you would like to continue receiving notes. 

You may find that you no longer need a note-taker due to the course design changes. For example, lectures that are prerecorded videos can be watched at your own pace. On the other hand, some instructors may still opt for scheduled class meetings with real-time communication using Canvas or Sakai.

Regardless of your decision to continue receiving notes, all established note-takers will receive compensation for their notes.

▼   Does this affect Attendance and Deadline Modification (ADM) Agreements?
Completed ADM agreements will be honored, though reasonable modifications to the structure of the agreements may be needed with the shift to online instruction. Please contact your instructors to discuss any additional barriers presented by changes to the course format. 
▼   With the switch to all-virtual instruction, I anticipate barriers and would like to request new accommodations. What are my next steps?

If you are not currently registered with SDS, please follow the steps outlined on the SDS Registration Process page. 

If you are a SDS-registered student, please contact our office. 

 

▼   Where can I find additional online resources?
Resources are available in the SDS faculty portal. You may also reach out to our office with any questions or concerns. 

 

Faculty, please click this link for information regarding communicating with students during this transition.


New location: 320 Student Center Circle, Educational Services Building,

Suite 19

The Office of Student Disability Services at University of South Alabama is committed to assisting faculty in any way possible to better facilitate a positive learning environment of all students.