Other Types of Disabilities

No one can reasonably expect faculty and staff members to be experts on the myriad of possible disabilities. We have simply tried to provide a guide for some of the most common. Many other conditions, especially cognitive and emotional impairments, will be found in your classrooms and on campus. Often poor performance in the classroom can suggest depression; erratic behavior may signal other emotional conditions. The most important thing you as a faculty or staff member can do is recognize that there may be a problem and that there is help on this campus. Please, don't take it upon yourself to be counselor and instructor; on the other hand, certainly do not ignore the problem. Please inform the student that there is a group of caring individuals on this campus who want to help. If he or she will not come to our office, recommend Counseling Services (210) 458-4140. Suggesting that someone seek professional help can be a difficult thing to do; but for the student, the alternative can be much worse.

As I am sure you have learned, accommodating students with disabilities is a multi-faceted service that requires educators, psychologists, medical professionals, and legal experts to all come together in order to create fair and equal access for all UTSA students. This holistic approach is an endeavor to which we are extremely dedicated, but we also greatly value the input of the faculty and staff at UTSA. Feel free to contact us for any reason, we are always happy to answer questions or work toward solutions. Thank you for taking time to learn about our office and the process of disability accommodation at UTSA.