Who is Eligible for Services?

To be eligible for disability related services, you must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitations Act of 1973.

According to these regulations, you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities: walking, standing, seeing, hearing, sitting, breathing, learning or taking care of yourself.

These federal rules prohibit discrimination in recruitment, admission or treatment against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have a documented disability, you may request accommodations that enable to you participate in and benefit from all University programs and activities.

Process for Registering with this Office

Your disability may allow you to move about campus without any assistance or to attend classes without any special arrangements. However, if your disability requires special accommodations you must register with our office. The process is simple:

  • Schedule an appointment with a coordinator in our office by calling (727) 873-4990.
  • Submit documentation by mail or fax indicating diagnosis by a qualified professional of your specific disability and how you expect your disability will affect your performance
  • Keep your initial interview, provide the requested information and sign a release form
  • Determine accommodations

After this initial registration, you should:

  • Request accommodation letters from the SDS office every semester
  • Deliver accommodation letters to all of your professors
  • Follow procedures for your specific accommodations and services
  • Submit test assistance requests as needed
  • Monitor your own progress to determine if the provided services are meeting your needs
  • All the information you provide is confidential and will not be shared with anyone without your written permission.
  • This includes test date, disability information, medical information and case notes.