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Disability Services

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Student Information Form    Disability DOCUMENTATION

Mission Statement

The Office of Disability Services recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community. To this end, the office collaborates with students, faculty and staff across the University community to create a usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environment.

Disability Defined 

An individual with a disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Services & Accommodations

Our office provides assistance for students with a wide range of disabilities. To receive accommodations, students must contact the office and complete the Student Information FormDocumentation of the disability is required along with this application. The Office of Disability Services will set up an appointment to discuss services that can be provided to enhance access within the learning experiences at SDSU.

Some of the accommodations the Office of Disability Services can provide include

  • Accommodations for exams such as extended time, testing in a distraction-reduced environment and/or readers 
  • Alternative text formats
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note-takers
  • Referrals to other resources

Please call or email our office to discuss in more detail various services we can provide. 


The Office of Disability Services respects all privacy and treats all personal information with confidentiality. The office may release information to university faculty and staff when a “need to know” is established by Disability Services. The need to know must be based on compelling and legitimate educational reasons for the information disclosure.

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Hartenhoff-Crooks Receives Friend Award for Leadership in Online Ed Alliance

Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks, the coordinator of disability services at South Dakota State University, received the 2021 Friend of the Great Plains IDEA Award. She was one of five individuals honored at Tuesday’s Great Plains IDEA annual meeting.