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Guide to the Student Disability Services Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1974-2008
Creator: Student Disability Services
Extent: 4.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG24.0013.001
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary:

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs: Box 6

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: Records of the Office of Student Disability Services were transferred to the University Archives in 2008 as Accession 2008-58. Collection processed by Brian Oleson and guide posted to the Internet in October 2009.

Preferred Citation: Student Disability Services Records, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

In 1973, the Federal government passed a significant piece of legislation, Section 504: Rehabilitation Act, intended to ensure that Americans with disabilities would be provided equal protection under the law. The impact of its passage affected virtually every facet of American society, including universities and colleges.

In response to this new legislation, the University of Iowa established the Office of Services for the Handicapped, or OSH, in 1975. Its mission was to assist and serve students with disabilities by providing transportation and access to university buildings.

In 1986, the office changed its name to the Office of Services for Persons with Disabilities, or SPD. The SPD expanded and offered numerous services which included: free diagnostic testing, alternative testing arrangements, learning strategy courses, consultation with admissions, educational outreach, and greater interaction between professors and students with disabilities.

Renamed the Student Disability Services office, or SDS, its mission is to serve students with disabilities including those with learning or mental disabilities and those with temporary disabilities due to accidents or illness.

The records of the University of Iowa Student Disability Services are comprised of brochures, correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, official university assessments and reports, pamphlets, training guides, federal and state guidelines, and photographs.Two folders in this collection are particularly noteworthy in providing historical background: Initial Proposal for the S.D.S. Office and History of the S.D.S., both of which are located in Box 5.
Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files, University Association of the Blind (RG01.0015.004)

Subject Vertical Files, Business Office Category, Affirmative Action folder (RG01.0015.005)

----. Miscellaneous Category, Services for Persons with Disabilities folder (RG01.0015.005)

----. Miscellaneous Category, Student Disability Services folder (RG01.0015.005)

----. Staff Category, Affirmative Action folder (RG01.0015.005)

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • A.D.A. [Americans with Disabilities Act] Compliance Assessment materials and reports - 1992-2006
  • A.D.A. Forums - 1995-1997
  • A.D.A. /S.D.S. [Student Disability Services] meeting documents and minutes - 1988-2005
  • Affirmative Action for Students with Disabilities - 1986-1990
  • Affirmative Action for Students with Disabilities - 1991-2000
  • Alternative Exam Services Student Satisfaction Surveys - 2004-2006
  • Alternative Exam Services Statistics - 2002-2007
  • Box 2:
  • Architectural Barriers Assessments - 1975
  • Architectural Barriers Assessments - 1975-1977
  • Architectural Barriers Assessments - 1978-1979
  • Blind/Visually Impaired Students' Rights - 1976-1993
  • Budget proposals and requests - 1975-1990
  • Budget proposals and requests - 1991-1998
  • Box 3:
  • Campus accessibility correspondence - 1975-1991
  • Campus accessibility correspondence - 1992-1994
  • Campus accessibility guides and reports - 1977-1992
  • Campus accessibility guides and reports - 1993-2005
  • Campus Accessibility Surveys - 2005-2006
  • Box 4:
  • Classroom Technology Advisory Committee - 1992-1997
  • Deaf/H.H. Students' Rights - 1990-2006
  • Emergency Response Plan for People with Disabilities - 1987-2008
  • External reports - 1988-1998
  • Faculty and staff manuals - 1978-2004
  • Faculty survey correspondence and reports - 1979-1993
  • Box 5:
  • Faculty survey correspondence and reports - 1994
  • General correspondence - 1978-2007
  • General statistics - 1979-1994
  • History of the S.D.S. - 2002
  • Initial Proposal for the S.D.S. Office - 1974-1975
    Original title: "Iowa's Handicapped: A University of Iowa Program to Meet Their Needs for Higher Education"
  • Iowa City Housing Accessibility - 1983-1991
  • Iowa Legislation for the Disabled - 1981
  • Learning Impaired Students' Rights - 1989-1997
  • Magazine and newspaper articles - 1974-1981
  • Box 6:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles - 1982-2001
  • Miscellaneous - Undated
  • Photographs - 1979-1985
  • Box 7:
  • S.D.S. graduate assistants - 2003
  • S.D.S. public materials - 1984-1994
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1978-1981
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1982
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1982-1983
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1986-1987
  • Box 8:
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1988-1990
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1991-1993
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1995-1998
  • S.D.S. Self-Evaluation/Self Study Annual Reports - 1999-2006
  • Section 504: Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - 1973-1988
  • Box 9:
  • Strategic planning - 1974-1990
  • Strategic planning - 1991-2007
  • Student Handbook and materials - 1978-2006
  • Student survey correspondence and reports - 1983-1989
  • Transportation for students with disabilities - 1975-1992

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


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University of Iowa Student Services