Services for Students with Disabilities

IMPORTANT: Virtual services are available for SSC students, if you need assistance from the Services for Students with Disabilities Office please call (708)596-2000 ext. 2572 or email

Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSDO) provides assistive support to students with special needs. Services encompass the provision of technological devices, note-takers, interpreters, scribes, and dictators. The Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSDO) will provide information for all students seeking any type of academic accommodations.

Application Process and Student Guidelines (Updated 3/05/2019).

Services Available to Students:

  • pre-admission counseling
  • liaison with instructors

Special Equipment

  • wheelchairs
  • screen enlargement computer
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Visual Tech (CCTV)
  • page & pocket magnifiers
  • READ: OutLoud reads eBooks aloud. It also has a built-in web browser that reads the internet

The office does not provide personal attendant care or services of a personal nature; nor does the Office provide equipment or devices of a personal nature.

A student who has not registered for classes for one or more semesters must contact the SSDO, at least thirty (30) days prior to the start of any semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) to notify the SSDO of the student’s intent to return to South Suburban College and the need to resume their academic accommodations. The interactive process will be reviewed at this time.

Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund

SSC was saddened to learn of the passing of former student Rocky Clark. Rocky, just 28 years old, died on January 5, 2012, at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. Rocky was paralyzed from the neck down after a spinal cord injury in 2000. His injury was a result of a tackle that occurred during a football game at Eisenhower High School against Oak Forest. He spent the next eleven years nearly prone in a wheelchair.

Rocky Clark began as a freshman at SSC in the spring of 2004 and last attended in the spring of 2007. While most freshmen take walking and even breathing for granted, Rocky was in and out of the hospital. He was the first recipient of the Walter Payton Scholarship. He maintained good grades and a positive attitude, despite the loss of his youthful energy, mobility, and independence. Rocky was a quiet presence for the importance of open enrollment, accessible public spaces, and services for students with disabilities. School isn’t always about the prospect of future employment–it is often about an age-appropriate experience developing the mind and nourishing the spirit.

The Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 to assist students with disabilities at SSC. Awards are distributed year-round as funds permit. Candidates must initiate contact with the SSC Foundation Office in order to demonstrate special needs, complete the application process, and grant permission for student records to be reviewed.

Information about the Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund