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Student Disability Resource Center


Accommodations are designed to “level the academic playing field” by eliminating disability-related barriers in the curriculum and environment so that you have an equal opportunity for success.

We take an individual approach when developing an accommodations plan. This approach includes the review of the application, documentation, and a meeting with an SDRC coordinator. Once this process is complete, any updates or modifications to the approved accommodations should be discussed with an SDRC coordinator.  Below are examples of common accommodations, but this list is not an exhaustive list:

  • Testing Accommodations
    • Extended time
    • Separate, limited distraction environment
    • Accessible formats
    • Use of computer and technology for tests
  • Assistive Technology Support
    • Alternative formats of class textbooks
    • Notetaking tools
    • Text to speech software
    • Speech recognition software
  • Notetaking Assistance
    • Loaning and training on notetaking technology to support your notetaking (e.g. Livescribe Smartpen, Glean)
    • Use of technology/ electronic device (e.g., laptop, tablet, audio/ digital recorder) in class for notetaking 
  • Early Registration for classes
  • Reduced Credit Course Load
    • May change each semester
  • Adaptive Van (with wheelchair lift) through USC Transportation
  • Accessible Classroom Desks
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Preferential Seating in class
  • Approval for Medical/ Health Monitoring Devices in the classroom/ during exams
  • Approval for Eating and/or Drinking in the classroom/ during exams

Advocacy and Support

  • Consultation and Guidance to students regarding appropriate and reasonable accommodations
  • Notification to Professors/Faculty that you are registered (upon your request)
  • Assistance to Faculty on working with students with disabilities
  • Referrals to Campus Partners (such as the Student Success Center, Student Advocacy Center, Counseling and Psychiatric Services)
  • Liaison with South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
  • Liaison with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind
  • Liaison with the Workforce Recruitment Program
  • Consultation and Guidance re: Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

Accommodations are Individualized!

Accommodations are individualized to a student’s needs, therefore it is difficult to identify specific accommodations for specific conditions. Disabilities, symptoms, and treatments impact students differently. What may be deemed a reasonable accommodation for one student may not be reasonable for another. 

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