Information for Students
If you have a disability and desire to attend, or are already attending, Tarleton State University, your point of first contact should be the Director of Student Disability Services. The office of Student Disability Services exists to assist students with documented disabilities as they pursue their goal of a college education. The office serves as a liaison between students and the university in matters of communication and action toward achievement of reasonable accommodations. Each student is encouraged to act as his or her own advocate, and take the major responsibility for securing services and accommodations. Our office provides students with the voluntary and confidential means to seek accommodations for academic and related needs. Early and regular contact will assure the timely identification of needed services, and the location of resources and options available to the student.
Eligibility For Services
Eligibility for disability services at Tarleton is dependent upon the nature of the disability and its impact on learning. A disability is defined as any mental or physical condition that substantially limits an individual's ability to perform one or more major life activities. These disabilities may be: physical, visual or auditory, neurological or psychological in nature, and also include chronic health problems and learning and communication disorders.
High School vs College
Anxious about the differences between high school and college? Not sure what to expect from our services? Here's a list of some comparisons between disability services provided in high school and college.
|Services are provided||Services are sought by student|
|School staff or parent is advocate||Student is advocate|
|Annual review & IEP||No annual review or IEP|
|Regular parent contact||No parent contact|
|Entitlement law (IDEA)||Anti-discrimination law (ADA)|
|Educational and psychological testing is provided||Educational and psychological testing is not provided|
SDS maintains an inventory of assistive technology software and equipment for your use. Software is available on various computers on the Stephenville campus, and equipment may be used on site or may be checked out for long term use. In addition, audio books are available to students who are eligible to receive that accommodation through SDS.