Consideration for Providing Access for Everyone
For students with a disability, the Students with Disability Services office can help. Whether it’s ADHD or a physical impairment, USF provides great care and consideration for providing access to all.
Once accepted to USF, students may apply for accommodations online. Supporting medical documentation is needed and can be turned into the office via email, fax, in person, or by mail. The SDS office is located in Student Services 1133. They can be reached at 813-974-4309 and their fax is 813-974-7337. They are open in fall/spring/summer from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. For the staff contact information, click here.
Meeting with the SDS office can help to eliminate fears and unanswered questions pertaining to everything from safety to specific accommodations. At USF, accommodations are available for classrooms, course loads, exams, as well as hearing impaired accommodations. Assistive technology services offered include:
– Alternative Text
– Assistive Technology
– Campus Computers
– Livescribe Smartpen
– Read and Write GOLD
Forms required are different depending on the student. All forms for the application, ADHD and Psychological verification forms, Learning Disability, Physical or medical verification forms, hearing loss, visual, temporary injury, and student event accommodation request forms can be found here.
Students should register with a student portal called AcessSDS to schedule exams, appointments, etc. AccessiBull also holds events, speakers, and sporting events throughout the year.
Access for all means that students with a disability are never left out of an event. All of campus is accessible and parking hang tags are available through parking services. Sign language interpreters are available if needed.
USF’s Accessibility Guide can be found here. All of USF’s policies are found here, as well as guides to having your accommodations met.
Encourage your student to take an active part in their accessibility plan. Plan early, meet with professors ahead of time. This way confidence can be had in knowing that the instructors are aware of their needs. Tour the campus and plan routes for assurance. There will always be someone around to help, so don’t hesitate to ask.