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Columbia College Chicago
Services for Students with Disabilities
623 South Wabash, Suite 311
Chicago, IL 60605
Here are many of the forms you may need when registering with SSD.
Recipients of renewable Columbia scholarships who are unable to register full-time due to a medical circumstance or disability may submit a petition by filling out the ADA Scholarship Exemption Form to request an exception to the full-time enrollment requirement of their scholarship(s). Students will be considered if they have Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations on file with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Approval is based on SSD’s review of these accommodations and the Scholarship Committee’s review of students’ accounts. An exception is not guaranteed.
The deadline for Spring 2022 has passed. Applications and documentation submitted after the deadline will be reviewed but there is no guarantee that the request will be approved. Fall 2022 applications have a deadline of May 1, 2021.
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.
We also have a list of Off-Campus Providers should you need more affordable options for diagnoses or other services. (informational)
Who is eligible for accommodations?
All currently enrolled students with a disability are eligible for services. A disability is a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits an individual's ability to perform one or more major life activities. Some disabilities may include (but are not limited to):
What kind of accommodations are available for students with disabilities?
Here are some of the more common accommodations:
See our guide here!
Once I am registered with SSD, what do I need to do to receive accommodations each semester?
The process to request your accommodation letters and have them set to your instructors is completely digital to make things easier for students! Each semester, SSD students must initiate the request for their semester-specific accommodation letters to be sent to their instructors through our online database system, MySSD. Once a student requests their accommodation letters, the SSD office will send them to their instructors electronically, via email.
To request your accommodation letters, click on the “Returning Students” tab on the left and follow the instructions listed there to request accommodation letters. There is a step-by-step instruction guide found on the "Returning Students" page to help you request your letters.
Accommodations are effective upon receipt of the semester-specific accommodation letter by the instructor. They are not retroactive.
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 a student’s behalf, should the need arise and should the student request this.
If I feel like I have been discriminated against based on my disability, what should I do?
If a Columbia College Chicago student believes that she/he/they have been discriminated against because of a disability by any Columbia College Chicago personnel, she/he/they have the right to seek a review of such concerns. A student with a disability has the option of pursuing either an informal complaint or a formal grievance. If a student opts to pursue an informal complaint, she/he/they may later pursue a formal grievance if not satisfied with the resolution of the informal process. A student who is uncertain about filing a formal grievance may consult informally with the 504 Coordinator (Dean of Students), with staff in the Services for Students with Disabilities office, the Dean of Students' office, and/or the Provost's office.
Please see the Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy for more details about the informal and formal grievance procedures for students with disabilities.