Programs and Services

Southwest offers services and academic accommodations designed to ensure equal access in the classroom and throughout the college campus. These services are available to qualified students with disabilities through Student Disability Services (SDS). Some services are available to all students registered with SDS, but others are individualized and based on the student's specific diagnosis and medical documentation.

All student disability registrants are eligible for the following services:

  • Intake and orientation to SDS
  • Student Success Plans
  • Letter(s) of Accommodation
  • Self-Advocacy training
  • Information and guidance on academic, social, career, and personal issues
  • Advocacy related to campus or classroom conflicts
  • Coordination of services between the student and other college or community resources
  • Tennessee Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation (opens new window), provides liaison
  • Information about specific opportunities for students with disabilities

Southwest does not provide the following:

  • personal care assistance
  • personal study assistance
  • individually prescribed aids, appliances and equipment
  • personal tutors outside of what is freely available through the Academic Support Center

SDS will provide services in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973*, as amended, and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (opens new window).

*For additional information view Your Rights Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Fact Sheet (PDF) (opens new window). Additionally you can download our Student Disability Services Policies and Procedures Manual.