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(Sept. 6, 2013) -- UTSA Student Disability Services (SDS) is a liaison between the university community and students needing academic accommodations. SDS promotes equal access to all university programs and activities by employing exemplary practices in disability counseling, assistive technology, alternative media, reasonable accommodations and the sharing of disability-related information.

Students must initiate the accommodation process with Student Disability Services, and staff members will help students develop a plan of support.

In contrast to services for students with disabilities in K-12, students in postsecondary education are not sought out and "identified" as needing accommodations. As young adults, students must "self-identify" as having a disability and provide Student Disability Services with supporting documentation.

UTSA Student Disability Services strives not only to be a support for students, but also a resource for UTSA faculty and staff and the San Antonio community.

>> For more information, call 210-458-4157 or email disability.services@utsa.edu. Like us on Facebook.

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About disabilities

  • According to U.S. Census 2010, one in four people report they have some type of a disability.
  • According to the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), the proportion of students reporting a disability increased from 9 to 11 percent from 2000 to 2004.
  • A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office for the U.S. Department of Education (2009) indicates that the top three types of disabilities of students entering postsecondary education are psychological disabilities, attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities respectively.

Today, more and more high school students with disabilities plan to continue their education in postsecondary schools. As the result of federal legislation (Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), students with disabilities are protected from discrimination in postsecondary education. So, it is important for students with disabilities to stay informed about their rights and responsibilities.

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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