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Office of Disability Services

COVID-19 Updates

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Update for Students

Dear Students,

We are experiencing truly unique times. To keep you updated, we would like to share the following information concerning our office. Please check the Office of Disability Services website regularly for additional information and updates concerning our office and accommodations related to COVID-19.

We are Open! Our staff is back in the office, but we are continuing to offer phone and Webex appointments in addition to face-to-face. Please continue to use our Online Application for Services. 

Case Management: We are still taking appointments and may meet with you in person, by phone, or via Webex. Reach out to your case manager via email to schedule an appointment:

OOD Liaison: Our embedded BVR counselor from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is back in the office. You can reach Ashley Mixson at 937-301-0087 or Ashley.Mixson@ood.ohio.gov.  

Please stay safe and healthy,
Office Disability Services

Student FAQ

  • Is the Office of Disability Services (ODS) open?

    Yes, ODS is still operating Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.  If you have a question or concern, please either call the office at 937.775.5680 or email ODS.

  • My disability affects my ability to attend class in person due to the current state of the pandemic, are there options?

    Most of the university’s academic programs have essential in-person components. Remote participation can be approved as a reasonable accommodation if a student’s disability makes them unable to participate in person. Students eligible for remote participation are approved for one semester. Approval is contingent upon determining feasibility for the student’s courses in collaboration with faculty. This accommodation is not intended to be used for multiple semesters in a row or convert an in-person program into an all-virtual experience.

    If you are interested in requesting full-semester remote participation for Fall 2021, please make a note of the following:

    • Remote participation, if approved, is on a per-semester basis. Previously eligible students will not be automatically eligible for future semesters.
    • Requests will require a letter of support from your healthcare provider.

    The provider’s letter of support must include the following:

    1. A description of your professional relationship.
    2. A confirmation of your relevant medical or mental health diagnoses.
    3. A statement of support for remote participation, including an estimated end date when you can return to in-person classes.
    4. A description of how your disability creates a significant barrier to your full and meaningful participation in an on-campus experience.
      • For students with CDC-recognized COVID-high-risk conditions (e.g., diabetes): The description should include a holistic assessment of your health risks for being on campus, considering: your unique medical profile, the latest information on vaccine efficacy, and the university’s safety practices.
      • For students without high-risk conditions (e.g., mental health conditions): The description should include an explanation of how your disability will disproportionately affect you compared to your peers such that remote participation is the only viable option for you. This impact must go beyond the typical stress or nervousness that most people are expected to feel in readjusting to an in-person experience.

Instructor FAQ

  • How do I give students their accommodations for online quizzes/exams in Pilot?

    Tests given via Pilot with time limits will need to have the time limit adjusted according to the Access Plan emailed to you earlier in the semester. Instructions on adjusting time limits for individual users: CTL Instructions for Individual Time Extensions

    • Extra Time - 1.50x - 50% Additional Time: The student is eligible for 50% additional time of what is allowed for the test. For example, if the class is allotted 60 minutes, the student with this accommodation should be allotted 90 minutes.
    • Extra Time - 2.00x - 100% Additional Time: The student is eligible for 100% additional time of what is allowed for the test. For example, if the class is allotted 60 minutes, the student with this accommodation should be allotted 120 minutes.
    • Extra Time - 3.00x - 200% Additional Time: The student is eligible for 200% additional time of what is allowed for the test. For example, if the class is allotted 60 minutes, the student with this accommodation should be allotted 180 minutes.
    • Extra Time - Stop Time (Breaks) - To account for this need, please add 50% additional time of what is allowed for the test. For example, the class is allotted 60 minutes, the student with this accommodation should be allotted 90 minutes. (In the ODS Test Proctoring Center environment we stop the clock as needed for students with this accommodation.)
    • Bathroom Breaks - Video monitoring in Respondus may find that the student leaves the screen during the test.

    RESPONDUS Lockdown Browser

    Text-to-speech/Read&Write Gold software utilized for print related accommodations is not compatible with Respondus. Please remove the lockdown browser requirement, concerns can be addressed with Sheri Penwell, our Test Proctoring Coordinator.  

    If you do not use time limits or Respondus for your Pilot tests, you will not need to make any changes for your students with disabilities.

    You can utilize our Faculty Portal to review a full list of students who have requested accommodations for your classes and view their accommodation letters.

    If you have follow-up questions, please let us know: Disability_services@wright.edu or 937-775-5680.

ADA and Face Covering Guidelines

Wright State University has implemented health and safety protocols for students, faculty, staff, and guests while on campus, which include face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. However, in some cases, wearing a face covering is not possible due to an underlying condition or not being able to manipulate the mask independently.

  • Is there a reason a person might not be able to wear a face mask?

    The CDC states that a person who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face mask without assistance should not wear a face mask or cloth face covering.[6]

    Examples of a person with a disability who might not be able to wear a face mask:

    • Individuals with respiratory disabilities such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or cystic fibrosis may not be able to wear a face mask because of difficulty in or impaired breathing. People with respiratory disabilities should consult their own medical professional for advice about using face masks. The CDC also states that anyone who has trouble breathing should not wear a face mask.[7]
    • People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety, or claustrophobia (an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places).[8] may feel afraid or terrified when wearing a face mask. These individuals may not be able to stay calm or function when wearing a face mask.
    • Some people with autism are sensitive to touch and texture. [9] Covering the nose and mouth with fabric can cause sensory overload, feelings of panic, and extreme anxiety.
    • A person who has cerebral palsy may have difficulty moving the small muscles in the hands, wrists, or fingers. Due to their limited mobility,  they may not be able to tie the strings or put the elastic loops of a face mask over the ears. This means that the individual may not be able to put on or remove a face mask without assistance.
  • If I am a person with a disability, how do I get an exemption/alternative to the face covering policy?

    The Office of Disability Services will work with each request on a case by case basis. Individuals seeking a face covering exemption/alternative will need to provide documentation from a licensed medical provider that substantiates the impact of the disability on the individual’s ability to safely wear a face covering. Accommodations/adjustments to the face covering policy may include using a university-approved face shield or, when a face shield is not possible, the option to take courses remotely.   

    Please contact mask-ada@wright.edu for additional information on how to request a face covering exemption/alternative.

  • What happens if I am approved for a face covering exemption/alternative?

    Students who have been approved will receive an accommodation letter that they are encouraged to print and keep on their person while on campus. Additionally, the student’s faculty, student conduct office, and student housing (if applicable) will also be notified once a student is approved for a mask/face covering exemption/alternative.

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