Disability Services

We are working remotely following University Covid-19 protocol.

We can be reached via email at faes-atiods@osu.edu, by phone at 330-287-1247, or call us to schedule a Virtual meeting. Our usual hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Online help with iPAD accessibility features such as Voice Over, Magnifier, Spoken Content, Audio Descriptions, Voice Control, Audio & Visual and Accessibility Shortcut: 

-M,W,F at 11:30AM to 1:30PM join the Zoom meeting by iPAD at  https://osu.zoom.us/j/247314976 or by phone at 247-314-976

-Tuesday at 1:00PM – 3:00PM join the Zoom meeting by computer, tablet or iPAD at  https://osu.zoom.us/j/263494104 or by phone at 263-494-104

-Thursday at 8:00AM – 10:00AM join the Zoom meeting by computer, tablet or iPAD at https://osu.zoom.us/j/479804791 or by phone at 479-804-791

-Thursday at 3:00PM – 5:00PM join the Zoom meeting by computer, tablet or iPAD at https://osu.zoom.us/j/582147903 or by phone at 582-147-903

Free Accessible Media Software for College Students

  • JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion
    • Freedom Scientific has release special, free, short-term licenses of these three software programs for college students with an email address 

You can contact us by email at faes-atiods@osu.edu. To schedule a virtual meeting call us at 330-287-1247.

Visit the OSU Student Life website  We Are Here For You for continually updated information and a Student Life FAQ page.  

The Ohio State ATI Office for Disability Services(ODS) is committed to creating an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities. We partner with students, faculty and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations and support services.

QUALIFYING FOR SERVICES

“Disability” is a broad term that includes, but is not limited to, mental health conditions, chronic health conditions, temporary injuries, physical/learning disabilities and ADHD.

REGISTRATION with ODS

Students register with ODS to be approved for accommodations. Registration is confidential and does not appear on transcripts. Medical documentation and information are kept private.

Documentation Guidelines

The Office for Disability Services will review and 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 is handled on a case-to-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. Typically, documentation is processed and the student will be notified within three business days of receipt.

NOTE: Students who have readily observable permanent disabilities (e.g. wheelchair user, white cane user) do not need to submit documentation. Instead, contact our office at 330-287-1258, or stop by the office at Student Success Services, 128 Skou Hall for registration with Disabilty Services.

There are multiple ways to provide the Office for Disability Services with documentation of your disability. Documentation should provide proof of diagnosis and/or prior accommodations. Disability Services follows the guidance from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) on documentation review and accommodation approval. 

Students should submit at least one of the following:

  • IEP/504 plan
  • Medical records / patient portal diagnostic summary
  • Letter from a healthcare professional, on letterhead, which confirms a diagnosis.
  • Disability Services Verification Form (Must be completed by a healthcare professional.)
  • Accommodation letter from previous postsecondary institution
  • Full evaluation/diagnostic report (e.g. ETR, MFE)

The following information is helpful, but not required, in order to determine the best possible accommodations and supports:

  • Severity of the disorder (mild/moderate/severe)
  • Medication or treatment currently prescribed
  • Recommended accommodations that may assist the student in minimizing the impact of the condition in an academic setting.

Once registered, students only notify their instructors about their accommodations if they want to utilize accommodations in that instructor’s course. For more information about the ODS registration contact Ruth Montz at montz.11@osu.edu.

ODS Services

A range of services are provided to students, based on the impacts of their qualifying conditions:

  • Exam Accommodations (e.g., extended time, distraction reduced testing space)
  • Note-taking Assistance (e.g., note taking apps, audio record lectures, copy of classmate’s notes)
  • Attendance and Deadline Modifications (e.g., flexibility with number of excused absences, deadline extensions)
  • Accessible Media (e.g., digital textbooks, captioned videos)
  • Assistive Technology (e.g., text-to-speech software; screen-reading technology)
  • Sign Language Interpreting/Transcribing
  • Accommodations Consultation and Advocacy
  • Housing/Dining Accommodations
  • Accessible Parking
  • Other Services may include, but are not limited to:  Accessible classroom furniture, Assistive Listening Devices, Course substitutions, Lab Assistants, Priority Scheduling, Study Abroad Accommodations

Referrals

  • Learning Disability/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity. Students who think they may have a learning disability or ADHD and have not been diagnosed can receive assistance identifying a place to get tested. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their medical insurance provider to determine if any testing is covered by their insurance plan.
  • Mental Health.  Students needing referrals for mental health concerns are encouraged to use campus Counseling Services at 330-287-1306 for mental health services, consultations and referrals.
  • Veteran Services. The Office of Disability Services is proud to serve you and will work with you to make your transition to college life as rewarding as possible. We encourage you to schedule a meeting to determine your eligibility for disability services and identify accommodations to assist you to obtain equal access to educational opportunities.

RESOURCES

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    330-287-1258    Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm