Disability Services On-Campus Resources

The following are department services available to students at Stephen F. Austin State University students with disabilities.



The Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC) provides personal assistance in retrieving library materials and in reading non-scanable printed materials during AARC hours (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays).  Until the Reference Desk closes, personal assistance can be provided in retrieving library materials after AARC hours.  The Circulation Desk provides personal assistance in retrieving library materials after Reference Desk hours until the library closes.  Priority is given to individuals with appointments for personal services; appointments may be made by contacting the reception desk in the AARC.  The AARC offers tutorial assistance for all students enrolled at SFASU.  To assist students with disabilities, an early sign-up period is provided at the start of each semester.  A written referral from Disability Services is required; the referral is provided to the student each semester when he/she applies for support services.

The Students with Disabilities Service (SDS) provides assistance to students with specialized learning needs.  This service also provides barrier-free access to academic learning by making peer staff available by appointment to help students use the library’s public catalog, to identify and retrieve library materials, and to assist in using adaptive equipment designed to promote accessibility to print media.  ODS clients are usually referred to AARC by Disability Services.


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Steen Library seeks to remove barriers to access for individuals using library and AARC materials and facilities. To meet this goal, a wide variety of adaptive equipment designed to promote accessibility for students with disabilities has been made available in several service departments. In addition, several departments within the library provide personal assistance in using library materials or equipment.

The Library Information Network Center (LINC) (Help Desk - 936.468.4357) offers assistance for students with disabilities in the use of its resources.  Reservations should be made for one-on-one assistance.  Circulation Department provides photocopying services and houses audiovisual equipment. Faculty members who need Braille translation for tests or classroom materials may seek assistance or use adaptive equipment.

Located in LINC and available on a first come, first served basis:

  • Scanner and screen reader program-scans hard copy or screen for a variety of output options (print, Braille print, voice).
  • Braille printer-translates regular print to Braille print.
  • Print enlargement software-(available for both apple and IBM machines) enlarge the print on the computer screen for visually impaired students.

Located in the AARC and available by appointment or on a first come, first served basis:

  • Peer Assistants to help with retrieval of library materials are located in the AARC and are available by appointment (or first come, first served) during AARC hours.

Located in the Audio/Visual Room in the Library and available on a first come, first served basis:

  • A/V units (2) equipped with Braille indicator buttons-combination VCR/TV/CD and Cassette player.
  • Optelek-enlarges hard copy print and graphics onto a screen for visually impaired students.

Located in Circulation:

  • TDD-telephone device for the deaf (available upon request).
  • Braillers (4)-Braille typewriters available for check out.

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Counseling and Career Services (Rusk Building, 3rd Floor, ext. 2401) staff assist in exploring career choices, dealing with personal problems, developing study habits, and identifying and implementing job search strategies.  They are available for individual sessions and presentations to campus groups on eating disorders (anorexia/bulimia), compulsive overeaters, sexual abuse/date rape, adult children of alcoholics, alcoholics anonymous, study skills, and other topics upon request.  The ultimate mission is to assist a student in achieving the educational goals and objectives that brought him/her to the University.

The Counseling Clinic (Human Services Building, Room 203, ext. 1041) is a service provided by the Department of Human Services.  General objectives include professional training opportunities for the graduate counseling student and quality service provision to the client.  Graduate practicum students provide the majority of the services under the direct supervision of trained and licensed counseling professionals.  Services include intake, screening, referral, assessment, treatment planning, case reviews, discharge planning, and aftercare planning.  Additionally, the following counseling services are offered: marriage, family, parent-child, individual, group, career planning and placement.

Disability Services (Human Services Building, Room 325, ext. 3004) offers counseling services to clients that need to talk about disabilities related issues, personal issues are career planning issues.

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SFA Career Services In partnership with the Career Center, MonsterTrack provides full-time, part-time, temporary and internship opportunities targeted by employers to Stephen F. Austin State University students and alumni.

Workforce Recruitment Program - The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense with the participation of many other federal agencies, the WRP has provided employment opportunities for nearly 3,000 students since 1995.

The following videos are located in the office of Career Services, located in the Rusk Building, 3rd floor.

  • Video: Job search Tactics for People with Disabilities
  • Video: Résumés and Applications for People with Disabilities
  • Video: Interviewing for People with Physical Disabilities
  • Video: Interviewing for People with Invisible Disabilities

WebCrawler: More jobs for anyone.

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Distance Education and On-line Classes

Student with disabilities attending either web-based courses located in locations other than Nacogdoches may have needs that differ from those of students attending classes in Nacogdoches.  Please contact your professor, the Office of Instructional Technology or Disability Services to assist you distance education related needs. To request an application for Disability Services click here.

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The university Health Clinic (Student Health Clinic, ext. 3004) offers access to medical staff that can assist with your individual medical needs including, lab tests, and exams, monitoring medications and prescribing medications. 

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Housing Accommodations (Austin Building, ext. 6302)

All students are expected to meet all university policies including the on-campus residency requirements. It is the university's goal to provide reasonable accommodations to assist students in meeting the university's policy.  Students who are requesting special Housing accommodations are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility.

Special Accommodations Criteria

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The Speech and Hearing Clinic (Human Services Building, Room 203, ext. 1252) offers diagnostic and rehabilitation services in audiology, speech, language, and deaf education.

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TSI (Steen Library, Room 203, 936.468.5803)

Questions about the state mandated Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and related University requirements should be directed to the Academic Advising Center. Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for special testing accommodations. Students seeking special assistance should contact Testing Services (936.468.3958) for test criteria and details of the approval procedure.

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University Police Department Parking Information (East College Street, ext. 2608)

Upon presentation of a permit from the State of Texas, which may be obtained from any county tax assessor, persons with disabilities are issued a University parking permit.  This permit allows the disabled student to utilize any legal campus parking space. State of Texas Placard

UPD provides escorts for any student to on-campus locations and, to and from the local bus station and airport.  In the event of an emergency, UPD will either transport or contact an ambulance for transport to either of the two local hospitals.

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