Disability Services

The Ohio State ATI, Office for Disability Services 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 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