The Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) at South Carolina State University offers a variety of services for students with documented disabilities including but not limited to students with learning disabilities, those who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who are visual or mobility impaired, and/or those who are diagnosed with a psychiatric or medical disorder(s).
South Carolina State University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). According to Section 504 and ADA, “a person with a disability is someone who has a disability that impairs a major life function, who has a history of having a disability, and or who is regarded as having a disability.”
Mission StatementThe mission of the Office of Student Disability Services is to provide and coordinate academic and other support services and programs that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential, participate in and benefit from all aspects of University campus life, and increase the level of awareness of the University’s faculty and staff about disabled students needs. We also seek to foster a positive attitudinal and behavioral response from faculty and staff when interacting with persons with disabilities.
We are committed to the following:
- Customer Satisfaction: We offer a welcoming environment that treats all people as individuals in a courteous, friendly, fair, helpful, and respectful manner. We strive to meet the needs of students with disabilities by providing an environment that promotes the best interests of the persons we serve.
- Increasing Awareness: We work to identify and remove attitudinal barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from being full and equal participants in all facets of the University experience.
- Promoting Retention: We assist in the University’s retention of students with disabilities.
- Enacting Student Advocacy: We strive to empower students to become full partners in their college experiences.
- Networking: We work to develop a community that supports optimal educational, recreational, social and career opportunities for students with disabilities.