Disability Services

Dr. Jacqueline Belanger, Coordinator for Disability Services

I encourage students to contact me in the early stages of college planning. I will provide information about eligibility for academic support services, accommodations, documentation of disability,  housing consideration and transition issues. For current students we will provide academic services and reasonable accommodations based on diagnosed disabilities. Feel free to contact me at belanger.24@osu.edu.

Penny Nemitz, ADA and 504 Coordinator

I provide academic accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities. The documentation provided must demonstrate a disability covered under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Learning qualifies as a major life function under ADA. Feel free to contact me at nemitz.7@osu.edu.

Disability Verification Process and Recommendations. Disability Services will consider all pieces of documentation submitted. Documentation will assist Disability  Services in understanding how the disability impacts the student in an academic setting and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and each piece of documentation is handled on a case-by-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once documentation is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of any accommodation related needs. The student will be contacted by an eMail to their OSU eMail address once the documentation has been reviewed. Upon receipt of this eMail the student is required  to meet with the Coordinator for Disability Services for an intake appointment to be considered fully registered with the office. Use the Disabilities Verification Form to submit your documentation. If you would like to discuss the documentation review process, it is possible to speak with the Coordinator for Disability Services.

Exam Scheduling. Students with documented disabilities and registered at Disability Services may make arrangements to take exams at Student Success Services. Students make an appointment with their faculty member to discuss exam scheduling. Your faculty member must complete a Faculty Course Proctoring Sheet in order for you to take exams for the class at Disability Services. You must schedule your exams three days in advance of the exam date. Questions can be addressed to Penny Nemitz at nemitz.7@osu.edu.

Resources for Those with Special Needs.

Assistive Technology Resources: http://www.atohio.org. Assistive Technology of Ohio offers a wide array of devices at their lending library.

Open Source Dyslexic Resources: http://www.opendyslexic.org. This free open sourced font is designed to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. Download is free.

Student Success Services    128 Skou Hall    330-287-1340    Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm