Disabilities of students served by SSD are classified into the following categories:
- Learning Disabilities - a neurological impairment, resulting in below-average functioning in some academic areas with average to above-average functioning in other areas.
- Attention Deficit Disorder - a neurological impairment resulting in an inability to focus attention on one stimulus. Characterized by an inability to focus and concentrate for long periods.
- Sensory - a reduction in the ability to see or hear.
- Health Disabilities - a wide range of disabilities that result from medical conditions. These include lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy, respiratory problems, etc.
- Non-Ambulatory - because of the nature of the disability, a wheelchair or scooter is used for mobility.
- Psychological - a disability characterized by a reduction in appropriate thinking or social behavior.
- Traumatic Brain Injury - neurological impairment resulting in loss of cognitive, psychological and physical functioning.
- Assistance in obtaining appropriate documentation.
- Determination of reasonable academic accommodations.
- Provision of adaptive equipment.
- Advocacy with faculty members.
- Resolution of problems of physical accessibility.