Services for Students with Disabilities

The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office coordinates support services for students with disabilities and assists in providing a successful educational experience while attending Columbia College Chicago. The SSD Office strives to provide the most integrated and appropriate accommodations in classes, programs and activities for students with disabilities.  The SSD Office seeks to empower students’ personal and academic success, encouraging them to become independent and self-reliant. These disabilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
  • Learning Disability
  • Communication Disorder
  • Psychological Disability
  • Deafness/Hard-of-Hearing (see also Interpreting Services)
  • Blindness/Visual Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment

Services for Students with Disabilities Office

Jeanne Doyle Kelly, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, 312-369-8134

Anthony Scardina, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, 312- 369- 8126

Duriyah Wilborn, Coordinator of Interpreting Services, 312-369-8295

Videophone available on site.

  • FAQ

    What kind of accommodations are available for students with disabilities?

    • Letter for faculty regarding accommodations
    • Note-taking
    • Permission to tape-record lectures
    • Extended time for exams and quizzes
    • Sign-language interpreters (see also Interpreting Services)
    • Private testing room
    • Preferential seating
    • Others

    Why should I register with SSD?

    It is recommended that all students with disabilities provide documentation to SSD, even if they do not choose to request any services.
    Providing documentation enables SSD staff to act more efficiently and knowledgeably on students' behalf, should the need arise and should students request this.

    How do I start receiving services?

    A good starting point is to contact the SSD Office at 312-369-8296.
    Students must provide documentation to the SSD Office and request services in order to start receiving them.
    Please also see Right and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities.

  • Documentation Guidelines

    Please review the documentation guidelines to learn about the types of information that must be submitted to be considered eligible for services through SSD.
    Be sure to read the general guidelines and specific guidelines related to your disability. Please complete the following, and return the forms to the SSD Office:

    Disability Guidelines (informational)

    Alternative Diagnostic Resources (informational)