Intake/Eligibility Process

Students with disabilities who are interested in receiving services from Student Disability Services (SDS) can contact our office upon admission to USF, or upon onset of disability to start the 3 step intake and eligibility process. We look forward to talking with you!

All contact with SDS is confidential and disability-related information is not released except on a need to know basis. 

Step One: Register

Register with SDS by completing our online application. Students at post-secondary institutions are required to self identify as a person with a disability.

Step Two: Documentation

We encourage students registering with SDS to submit disability documentation and/or information about past accommodations. Students can do this by scanning or taking photos of documentation and uploading it to the online application. Documentation should clearly explain the student’s condition, functional impacts on daily life activities and any recommendations for accommodations. Documentation helps guide the process of determining what accommodations are appropriate for each individual student.

Students are welcome to use our Verification of Disability Form while they are collecting documentation.

If you need guidance for what might be helpful to include in your documentation, you may review some suggestions on the Documentation Guidelines Page.

Step Three: Intake Appointment

Every student with a disability is unique. We want to get to know all of our students. In this appointment, students will meet with a Disability Specialist to have a conversation about your experience and discuss appropriate accommodations and academic adjustments. Your specialist may request additional documentation.

It typically takes 5 to 10 business days after a student submits the online application to be contacted by a specialist to set up an intake appointment (this time may vary during holidays and university breaks).

If you have any questions about the eligibility process or need assistance completing the online application, please call our office at (415)422-2613 or stop by during office hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Gleeson Library Lower Level).