Student Disability Services


Spring 2015 Student Data


Total Number of Students 987
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 424 43%
Deaf/Hard of Hearing 17 1.7%
Learning Disability 183 18.5
Medical Disability 148 15.0%
Mobility Impairment 25 2.5%
Psychological Disability 144 14.6%
Traumatic Brain Injury 20 2.0%
Visual Impairment/Blind 20 2.0%
Other/Diagnosis Pending 6 0.6%

SDS Student Data reflects information from Spring 2015 and captures both Undergraduate and Graduate students.

SDS provides several services to help students:

Auxiliary Aids

Real Time Captioning

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can access lectures or class discussions by having a highly skilled captionist transcribe the discussion on a laptop computer. As the discussion notes are typed, they are transmitted onto a student’s laptop. Students also have the option to obtain a final copy via e-mail.

Sign Language Interpreters

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing often request interpreters from this office when they register for classes. In the unlikely event that a student arrives for the first day of class without an interpreter, the student should be referred to our office to schedule an interpreter. University departments that receive requests or anticipate needing an interpreter for public meetings or events should contact Student Disability Services. To ensure the availability of interpreters, this office encourages individuals to make requests at least two weeks in advance.

Guidelines for Working with Interpreters

Interpreters are bound by the code of ethics developed by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, which specifies that interpreters are to serve as communications intermediaries. Thus, when an interpreter is present, speak directly to the person who is deaf or hard of hearing rather than to the interpreter and avoid using phrases such as “tell him” or “ask her.” Other important guidelines include:

  • Relax and talk normally, noting that there might be a lag time between the spoken message and the interpretation.
  • When referring to objects or written information, allow time for the translation to take place. Replace terms such as “here” and “there” with more specific terms, such as “on the second line” and “in the left corner.”
  • In a conference room or class environment, the deaf student and the interpreter will work out seating arrangements with the interpreter usually located near the speaker.
  • Inform the interpreter in advance if there is an audiovisual element in a presentation so arrangements can be made for lighting and positioning.
  • Be sensitive to sessions that extend longer than one hour. The interpreter might require a short break to maintain proficiency in interpreting.


All students at Clemson University can take advantage of tutoring by the Academic Success Center (ASC). Brochures are available in Student Disability Services. The tutoring schedule is available online at the ASC website:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS provides a variety of services (on a limited basis) including individual and group counseling; testing for learning disabilities and ADHD/ADD; workshops on topics such as assertiveness training, stress management and test anxiety; and a full range of consultative services centering on student adjustment in higher education.

Transportation Services

Clemson Area Transit (CAT)

CAT has accessible buses and routes. Routes are published and can be accessed at Occasional curb-to-curb stops can be pre-arranged through Student Disability Services. Students must be able to get to the bus on their own. Maps indicating routes are available in Student Disability Services and at the Union Information Desk.

Parking Services

Students must purchase and display a current Clemson University parking permit and a valid disability access placard in order to park in accessible parking spaces. When these are properly displayed, parking is also permitted in employee, student and timed parking zones. A campus map with information about disability access including the location of curb cuts, accessible parking and elevators is available in the Office of Student Disability Services or the Office of Parking Services.

Persons with temporary mobility impairments (not to exceed four weeks) can obtain a time-limited disability access parking permit from Parking Services. The application for a disability access permit must be accompanied by a written statement from a physician indicating accessible parking is required and the length of time it will be needed. Individuals who need accessible parking for longer than four weeks or who desire to park in off-campus disability accessible spaces must obtain a state permit from the Department of Highways and Public Transportation.