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Disability Services

Extending the opportunities of higher education to people with disabilities is a high priority at Wright State. The university's Office of Disability Services offers programs to promote each student's academic, personal, physical, and vocational growth so that people with documented disabilities can realize their full potential. The office also serves as a resource to faculty and staff throughout the university.

Academic Support

These services are designed to assist students with documented disabilities in meeting all academic requirements at the university. Eligible students may receive accommodations such as sign language interpreters, lab assistance, or reader/writer service. The Office of Disability Services can administer exams outside the normal classroom for students needing additional time and/or reading and writing assistance due to disability-related limitations.

Adaptive Technology and Adaptive Media

The Technology Center provides classroom materials in alternative formats that include audiocassette tapes, computer disks, Braille, and image enhancements for eligible students. Consultations regarding computer adaptations and technology-related accommodations are available through a certified Adaptive Technology Specialist. Classes for new users of adaptive technology are offered during the academic year.

Physical Support

Physical support services include personal assistance with daily hygiene requirements, parking for persons with mobility impairments, assistance in locating adapted housing off-campus, training in the activities of daily living to achieve a greater degree of independence, and coordination of campus mobility orientation for students who have visual impairments.

Career and Vocational Support Services

These services assist students with documented disabilities in making career choices and in the planning and development of their careers. Opportunities also exist for students to have various work site experiences. These methods allow students to make realistic decisions about future careers and ensure that the students are able to meet the demands of their chosen occupations.


Applicants requesting services available to students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services prior to enrollment. A copy of professional documentation of disability from the original source(s) should be submitted prior to a pre-service interview. A pre-service interview is designed to assess disability-related needs and to plan services accordingly. Students are encouraged to contact the office well in advance (6-12 months) of their planned entry date. Services requested in an untimely manner cannot be guaranteed and may result in a significant delay. Most services are provided to students at no cost; however, fee-based services, such as personal assistance and out-of-class reader/writer assistance, can be billed directly to students or sponsoring agencies.
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