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Student Disability Access Center

Client Rights and Responsibilities

As a client of SDAC, you have the right:

  • to confidentiality. SDAC will not release or discuss your documentation with anyone unless you provide a written request.
  • to meet with SDAC staff to better understand how your documented disability may affect your academic opportunities at UVa. and, in accordance with Section 504 and ADA, what reasonable accommodations may address the impact of your disability.
  • to be informed about SDAC and other University services and how you can access them.
  • to work with SDAC, faculty, and deans to determine what reasonable accommodations are appropriate to insure equal access to educational activities. These accommodations should neither compromise the academic integrity of a course or the academic standards of the University, nor impose an undue burden on the University.
  • to receive, within approximately ten days of request, memos to faculty recommending approved course accommodations.

As a client of SDAC, you have the responsibility:

  • to provide documentation of your disability that meets established guidelines, including an assessment that provides an index of your current functional limitations/needs for accommodations (for ADHD/LD, this documentation generally needs to be no more than three years old).
  • to keep SDAC informed of academic progress and problems.
  • to develop self-advocacy skills. You have the responsibility to participate with SDAC, faculty, and deans in investigating how your disability affects your learning process and educational opportunities, and in determining how you may best compensate in order to meet the same academic standards as any other University of Virginia student.
  • to request approved accommodations in a timely fashion, typically during pre-registration or by the first day of class, and to deliver accommodation memos and notetaking packets to faculty within the first three weeks of the semester.
  • to follow procedures for receiving services and to notify SDAC if, for a particular course, you wish to cancel an accommodation, especially note-taking, individual tutoring, and taped readings.
  • to regularly check your email account for SDAC postings regarding services, programs, and information SDAC may need to provide services.