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Student Disability Services Records

Identifier: RG24.0013.001

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Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1974-2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

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.


4.50 Linear Feet

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Method of 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.

Related Materials

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)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242