Students with mobility, hearing, visual, functional (HIV/AIDS, psychological, environmental illness, etc.), and learning disabilities are encouraged to attend San Francisco State. Disabled Student Services (DSS) is available to promote and provide equal access to the classroom and to campus related activities. A full range of support services is provided in order that students may define and achieve personal autonomy at SFSU. The staff is sensitive to the diversity of disabilities, including those only recently recognized as disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation.

Confidential support services are available for all students with a verified temporary or permanent disability who are regularly enrolled or enrolled through the Extended Learning Program.


Prospective students are encouraged to contact DSS early in the admission process in order to receive assistance and information about services. Students may be eligible for one or more services, depending on the specific nature of their disabilities. Disability verification must be provided when registering with DSS. Specific services include the following:

Registration Assistance and Priority Registration
Classroom Accommodations
Mobility Services
Deaf Services
Print Access
Learning Disability Services
Access Technology
NOTE: The available access technology includes adaptive computers that have enlarged text and voice output programs, a Kurzweil Personal Reader, electronic spellers, and CCTVs. These items are primarily housed in the Maurice K. Schiffman Room which is located off the Reserve Book Room of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

All students registered with DSS are eligible for disability management advising. This consists of helping students access services from DSS and the campus at large, manage DSS services and school in general, problem solve conflicts/concerns that are disability- related with individuals, programs, and services on campus, and understand "reasonable accommodation" under the law. Disability-related personal counseling is also available during the Fall and Spring semesters and is provided by the DSS intern program.

DSS has established liaisons with campus offices frequently used by students with disabilities. DSS also provides information to interested faculty and departments on a variety of disability-related issues.


DSS and the Office of the 503/504 Physical and Environmental Disability Coordinator seize every opportunity to educate the campus community about reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Generally, the campus community is sensitive, but if an oversight occurs, students do have protection under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. Students are encouraged to contact the DSS Director for guidance in pursuing a grievance. Resolution of a violation can often be achieved informally without completing the formal grievance procedure.


For more information, contact Disabled Student Services at 338-2472 (Voice), 338-7174 (TTY) from 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. General information can also be obtained by calling the DSS Information Line at 338-3056 (Voice). It is easily accessed from any touch tone phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note the DSS Information Line provides recorded information only. Persons interested in visiting the office should come to Temporary Building I-2 (between the Library and Administration buildings) during the above hours.

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