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Education Without Barriers

We are committed to ensuring that each student has the same opportunities to succeed during their time at UT and Student Disability Services is just one of the many departments working to provide an equitable education for all.

“You all have made such a tremendous impact on my experience here at UT and I am forever grateful. Thank you!”

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Available services from SDS include note taking, documents in an accessible format, transcribing services, and testing accommodations. The top priority of the office is meeting with students and beginning the accommodations process as soon as possible. Review the applicable SDS documentation guidelines for more information about what should be included.  Students should not delay meeting with SDS out of concern of having the correct documentation.

How to Get the Accommodations You Need:

  1. Contact SDS
    • To contact the office, please send an email to sds@utk.edu or call us at 865-974-6087 and leave a voicemail. A staff member will follow up to schedule a Welcome Meeting with the accommodations coordinator.
  2. Complete the Registration Form
    • Complete the online Registration Form prior to your appointment. Please be sure to include as many details as possible and upload a copy of your documentation on the form. The following formats are preferred: Word, PDF, Text, or RTF file.
  3. Provide Documentation of Disability
    • Review the applicable SDS documentation guidelines for more information about what should be included. Students who require additional testing for Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders may contact SDS for options in the Knoxville area.
  4. Attend Your Welcome Meeting
    • The coordinator will talk with you about your accommodation needs and begin to develop an accommodations plan with you. During the meeting, the coordinator will engage in an interactive conversation about how your disability impacts you, as well as the accommodations needed to address that impact. The coordinator will evaluate any documentation presented in advance of the Welcome Meeting, as well as discuss any additional documentation presented by you.

Consider Joining the Peer Mentor Program

The goal of SDS Peer Mentors is to provide support and guidance to first-year students with disabilities and help first-year students become knowledgeable and comfortable with the campus, Student Disability Services, and college life in general. You can expect to meet with your peer mentor regularly, attend events with you, assist you with adjusting to the responsibilities of college, and refer you to various campus resources.