Disability Services . . . Creating Access Together.
From orientation to commencement, we work with the campus community to create accessible learning environments. Disability Services collaborates with and empowers students who have disabilities in order to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life. And we hire student assistants!
In this context, ‘disability’ is a broad term that includes, but is not limited to, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, mental health conditions, chronic health conditions, learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, and temporary accommodations for injuries (e.g., broken limb).
Our service is focused on four key aspects of support:
- Student Accommodations
- Faculty/Staff Consultations
- Education and Training
- Career Support for students
COVID-19 ACCOmmodation requests
Disability Services, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional equity, works with students who are vulnerable to COVID 19 or face particular challenges because of the pandemic to ensure that they have the necessary resources to participate in university life as safely as possible. Ohio State students from any campus may submit a COVID related accommodation request HERE. Students registered with Disability Services call Ruth Montz at 30-287-1247 to modify their accommodations or make additional accommodation requests based on COVID-19.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ORientation
Students and/or family members who need disability-related accommodations (e.g., alternative text format, interpreting/transcribing, etc.) during new student orientation should contact Disability Services by phone at 330-287-1247 at least two weeks in advance.
Placement test accommodations
Request accommodations at least 3 business days before you take the placement exam. Typical accommodations include extended time, alternative exam formats, readers and scribes. This request is separate from the registration process for accommodations during the academic year.Incoming Ohio State ATI students may take placement tests for English and mathematics courses.
Students with disabilities that impact their test-taking ability can be approved for exam accommodations. Disability Services is committed to providing an equitable testing environment for students. Exam accommodations may include but are not limited to the following:
• Distraction-reduced space
• Extended time
• Assistive technology (e.g., CCTV, screen-reader software)
• Accessible formats (e.g., Word Doc, large print, braille)
• Computer/Microsoft Word for essay exams
• Raised table
Registered students with exam accommodations use the Proctoring Request Form to schedule their exams with our office.
Test Anxiety: Struggling with test anxiety? Visit go.osu.edu/testanxiety to watch a video presentation on causes and intervention strategies.
Students who have difficulty capturing lecture material in real-time courses can be approved for accommodations to support their notetaking.
Access to lecture slides in advance: In order to aid students in preparing prior to class and as an aid while taking notes in class course instructors will provide student with lecture slides in advance.
Technology: Recording lectures and notetaking apps (e.g., Glean and Notability). We provide training on recording lectures and notetaking technology/apps to support their in-class notetaking. Students with notetaking technology accommodations have permission to use these technologies in-class, even if an instructor typically has a no-tech or no-recording policy. Students with notetaking support: technology are required to complete the Notetaking Support Agreement each semester.
Peer Notetaking Services: For students who are in need notetaking support in addition to access to lecture notes in advance and technology accommodations, we offer peer notetaking services.
Learning to take notes is an important skill that many college students need to develop. We encourage students to consider supplementing their notetaking accommodations by using our campus-based (free) academic support programs including:
1. Academic Coaching with Program Excel
2. Consultations on notetaking strategies with the Learning Lab
3. Notetaking Support with College Success and Career Planning
attendance and deadline modifications (adm)
Students that have disabilities with random acute episodes that may require them to miss classes or deadlines and students who have disability-related recurring medical appointments may be eligible for an ADM accommodation. There are 3 types of ADM agreements: One-Off Flexibility as Needed, Intermittent Flex Plan, and Remain in Class Plan. You will work with our staff to identify the type of ADM agreement that best meets your needs.
Accessible formats enable students who use assistive technology, such as screen-enlargers or text-to-speech software, in order to have equitable access to their classes.
ODS serves as a resource center for faculty and staff to provide accessible formats of their course materials, such as textbooks, handouts, articles, exams, and videos:
Common Accessible Media Formats:
• PDF (image or searchable)
• RTF (Rich Text Format)
• Paper enlargements
• Captioned videos
• Audio description (i.e., descriptive narration of images, videos, graphs, etc.)
• MP3 (Audio format)
• xhtml (Audible mathematics output format)
Assistive technology is hardware or software designed to create an accessible user experience. Assistive technology provides students with disabilities independence in reading, writing, communication, and physical/electronic navigation.
As part of the University’s commitment to building seamless access to our environment and culture, Assistive Technology of JAWS (Job Access with Speech), Read and Write Gold, and ZOOM Text is now available at Student Success Services Computer Lab.
JAWS is designed to allow students who are blind or visually impaired to navigate the internet and software using auditory rather than visual cues. Reade and write Gold assists student reading and learning disabilities by rendering documents to speech, and ZOOMText magnifies screen content, enhances contrast, and provides navigation tools for individuals with low vision.
Once you are registered with Disability Services, we can help you with exploring different technologies. Common assistive technologies include:
• speech-to-text software (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking)
• screen-reading/magnification software (e.gg., ZoomText, JAWS)
• text-to-speech learning tools (e.g., Read and Write Gold)
blindness/visual impairment access
The OSU CFAES Wooster Campus is an Aira Access Network location.
Any faculty, staff, student, or visitor can use Aira for free.
Aira is a service that connects blind and low-vision people to highly trained, remotely located agents. Through an app on your smartphone, Aira delivers instant access to visual information at the touch of a button – enhancing everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence.
Some things that Aira agents can assist you with include navigating the campus environment, reading signage, finding a classroom, and reading a bulletin board.
You will need an Android or iPhone smartphone, you can follow this link to sign-up as an Aira guest. Once signed up and on the CFAES Wooster Campus, you will be able to make a call to an Aira agent using the Aira application on your smartphone for assistance.
For assistance with the Aira application or sign-up problems, follow this link for their contact information. If you need other assistance, you can contact the ADA’s Coordinator’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 614-292-6207.
In addition, Assistive Technology including screen magnification, screen readers, large print textbooks, and CCT are available to eligible students. For more information contact us at email@example.com.
Sign Language and Transcribing
We coordinate interpreting and/or transcribing services for Deaf or hard of hearing students registered with our office. Sign language interpreting and transcribing services are available for all university activities.
Our interpreters are selected based on an assessment of interpreting skills, experience in the post-secondary setting, and the ability to handle the level of discourse common in a university setting. Our full-time staff interpreters are RID-NAD certified.
Other Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services
Deaf/Hard of hearing students may also benefit from the use of Assistive Listening Devices (ADL). Deaf or Hard of Hearing students may request an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) for use in the classroom environment. We partner with Ohio State's Speech Language Hearing Clinic for equipment fitting and loaning.
Consultation and Advocacy. Once registered, students can consult with their Access Manager to review academic accommodations, discuss any concerns with classes or instructors, get assistance with petitions, or learn about campus and community resources, etc. And students can request their Disability Services Manager to advocate for them in appeals process such as SAP and Academic Action appeals.
Course Substitutions. We coach and support students through the course substitution petition process, including providing letters of support.
Dining Accommodations. We make referral accommodations to our Director of Nutrition. For more information contact, Gina Forster at (614)247-7641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furniture and Mobility Access. For students who need wheelchair-accessible tables or other alternative furniture in their classrooms, we will coordinate a setup to meet your needs.
Full-time Status with a Reduced Course-load. If a student's disability prevents them from being able to successfully manage a full-time course load, this accommodation allows them to take reduced course load while still maintaining their full-time student status, to the greatest extent possible. The goal of this accommodation is to provide students with a sustainable path toward degree completion. Some aspects outside of the university's control, such as federal student aid eligibility, may still be impacted by taking a reduced course load.
Housing Accommodations. We make referral accommodations to our housing administration. For more information, contact the Director of Housing Administration Toni Greenslade-Smith at (614)292-8266 or email@example.com).
Internship. ODS will collaborate with Internship Coordinators to enable all students to pursue an internship.
Lab Assistants. Students with disabilities which prevent them from being able to complete in-class lab requirements can request a lab assistant. Lab assistants will perform only those tasks directed by you. They will not prompt or guide you in performing a lab task. ODS will collaborate with students and course instructors in order to ensure that all students have access to laboratory experiences.
Lending Program. Upon request we are able to lend items to students registered with ODS, including Calculators, Digital audio recorder, laptop computer (for in-office use only).
Priority Scheduling. Undergraduate students registered with ODS receive priority scheduling in order support reduction of disability-related barriers to class offerings. This means students may register for classes prior to the start of general registration. Note: This does not apply to registration during freshman/transfer orientation.
Campus Life. Students with disabilities can request accommodations in all areas of campus life, including student activities, student organizations, student leadership programs, campus programming, and student employment.
Use this link for Scholarships for college students with disabilisies Study Abroad. In collaboration with ODS, the Office of International Affairs seeks to enable all students to pursue an international experience. To learn more about access and accommodations while studying abroad, visit the OIA Accommodations and Disabilities page. Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) - Technology for Ohioans with Disabilities. Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio. Assistive Technology of Ohio has a statewide program that helps people with disabilities obtain their own computer. For more information about how you can get a computer contact AT Ohio first at 866-801-7306 (toll free) or 614-688-3222 to request an application.