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VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world.
VSA Ohio is a community that connects inspired artists with their passion, service providers with resources, and all citizens with creative opportunities. By bridging arts and disability, our programs and services constantly evolve to provide inclusive environments and accessible opportunities for people with disabilities to celebrate life through the arts.
We Care Arts is a place where people with disabilities learn independence and build self esteem. Those with emotional, mental and/or physical disabilities can come to the facility and create artwork, which fosters confidence and empowerment.
Established in 1911, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the only private, not-for-profit organization in our community with a long and respected tradition of offering comprehensive services for persons with vision loss, from young children to older adults. Our services are provided by qualified, certified instructors and staff with highly specialized skills.
The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired assists more than 4,000 persons annually providing rehabilitation, counseling, employment, and information services to help people who are blind, visually impaired or print impaired to live more independently.
Career Services offers many services for students and alumni seeking to develop career and life planning skills, acquire experience, master job search strategies, and seek rewarding employment. Services include:
- Career Exploration
- Part-time Student Employment
- Cooperative Education and Internships
- Career Employment Job Search and Development
CWS offers a wide range of therapeutic services, including individual, group, couples, and family therapy to registered Wright State University students. CWS is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Intake appointments are offered on a walk-in basis Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. CWS is closed in accordance with all Wright State University policies. Contact CWS at 937.775.3407.
Students with Disabilities Group
A confidential group for students with disabilities, where a spirit of community, identity, and success is fostered. The group is facilitated by Dr. Julie Williams in Counseling & Wellness. For more information, please contact Counseling and Wellness Services at 937.775.3407.
A campus parking pass is required to park in any university parking lot (except visitor lots). To qualify for disability access parking, a disability parking placard or plates must be displayed along with a valid campus parking pass. Disability parking placard/plates are issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. For more information on campus parking, please visit the Parking and Transportation page.
Raider Cares is Counseling and Wellness Services’ 24-hour crisis phone service. The Raider Cares line is staffed by off-site mental health professionals providing emotional support, assistance, crisis intervention and suicide prevention to current Wright State University students experiencing emotional distress. Call Raider Cares at 855.224.2887 (TTY: 855.327.9151)
SASC's academic services are intended to enhance students' opportunities for continued and sustained academic success and ease students' transition from high school to college.
Student Health Services is your on-campus source for primary health care and wellness services. SHS provides acute and primary care services, promotes health awareness, educates students about preventive care, disease management and therapeutic choices, and helps students develop the skills to manage their own health.
As advocates for students' success, the Office of Student Support Services provides individualized attention and assistance with the resolution of student and family concerns and complaints. Student Support Services also provides alcohol and other drug education and prevention, sexual assault education and prevention, and other prevention programming.
The mission of the Clark County Deaf Community is to provide a Deaf-run Community Center in Clark County, Ohio. Its purpose is to provide a place for family-friendly deaf social and educational activities that is open to the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is the largest provider of outpatient speech and hearing services in central Ohio. Serving people of all ages and from all walks of life, they impact the lives of more than 8,000 clients every year, offering a wide variety of programs and services through:
- Audiology & Hearing Aid Services
- Speech-Language Therapy
Their mission is "to help all people improve communication and vocational independence...for life."
The Mission of the Deaf Community Resource Center is to be a safe haven where services are provided for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and their families by the Deaf with Hard of Hearing and hearing allies.
DWAVE' s mission is to promote the empowerment of and equality for Ohio’s diverse Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities by offering culturally affirmative advocacy and education, while inspiring community accountability, in response to oppression and relationship and sexual violence. DWAVE is a Deaf-run agency offering services to individuals, education to agencies, and advocacy to systems from a Deaf perspective. DWAVE provides: culturally affirmative advocacy and support to survivors of relationship or sexual violence within Ohio's Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
The Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati strengthens our community through advocacy and by supporting individuals and families to overcome obstacles to communication.
As a premier community resource with a reputation for excellence, the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati believes that communication is the foundation of all human interactions.
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
Learning Ally is dedicated to empowering blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic students achieve their goals. Your contribution will help support the next generation of academic achievers.
Find helpful information about learning disabilities—such as checklists, guides, videos, podcasts and more. Explore these resources, in addition to the list of FAQs and “Ask the Experts” section.
OnlineColleges.net published a guide for students with disabilities. In the guide, you can find an overview of the following information:
- The legal rights of students with physical and/or learning disabilities
- Transitioning into college life, including how to find and access resources
- Additional tech resources for students affected by specific disabilities
A complete guide to distance learning for students with disabilities. Learn how to work with disability services, employ assistive technology, evaluate online programs, and succeed in the virtual classroom.
The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that provides students the opportunity to spend a semester or summer interning, attending an academic course, and participating in leadership and civic engagement programming. The program allows undergraduates to receive academic credit for their experience in Washington, D.C.
Through our Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities, our highly trained staff equips students with the tools needed to complete classroom and workplace responsibilities, and live comfortably in TWC-provided housing. Scholarships are available for students to help offset program and housing costs.
Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (PDF) by The Great ShakeOut (Earthquake Country Alliance)
Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. This page explains what to do-- and what not to do.
- Drop, Cover, and Hold On Drill Manual for People with Access and Functional Needs (PDF)
- Drop, Cover, and Hold On Drill Manual for People with Access and Functional Needs (Text Only)
The Office of Disability Services offers over $30,000 each year in scholarships to students with disabilities. To learn more, visit our scholarships page:
By submitting one application, first-year, continuing, and transfer students can apply for multiple donor-based scholarships funded through the Wright State University Foundation and also scholarships funded by the University. Read about the application process.
External Scholarship Resources
This free online guide lists over 70 scholarships specifically for students with disabilities. It thoroughly explains eligibility requirements, award specifics, and instructions for how to apply. (Note: This link will direct you to an external website, not sponsored or maintained by Wright State University.)
This free online guide lists scholarships for students with a variety of disabilities, arranged by type of disability.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school in the United States. The Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in the transition to
For information on the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire, including the full rules and regulations, please visit the scholarship website.
Since 1978, Community Services for the Deaf (CSD) has provided a wide variety of programs and services to meet the needs of people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, including interpreting/communication services through ASL, C-Print and other non-verbal languages, ASL classes, community education and advocacy. CSD also offers mental health counseling and case management services provided by licensed and skilled professionals with experience working with those impacted by hearing loss. Services are also available for family members, service providers, businesses, individuals, groups and communities.
Interpreters of the Deaf is the region's only Deaf-owned and operated sign language interpreting and C-Print captioning service. ID's owners have over 40 years of personal and professional experience in Deaf-related work. As Deaf consumers, they have first-hand experience, knowledge and a "Deaf" perspective about how interpreting and captioning services should be provided.
The Access Center for Independent Living is one of 12 Centers for Independent Living in Ohio. ACIL works with individuals in Montgomery, Clark, Preble, and Greene Counties. ACIL provides advocacy, information and referral, independent living skills training, peer support, and community transition support. They also have an assistive technology lending program, Recycled Equipment Donated for Independence (REDI).
The mission of The Arc of Ohio is to advocate for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement.
Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues.
HOME Choice assists older adults and persons with disabilities to move from long-term services and support systems to home and community-based settings.
Voters with Disabilities can find out how to register to vote, vote absentee, vote curbside. There is also information on accessible voting locations and equipment, assistance at the voting locations, and ADA and disability resources.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (formerly Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission)
OOD has created partnerships with outstanding service providers across the state; OOD's resource page provides an extensive list of Ohio service provider websites and also publications offered by OOD.
People First of Ohio helps to set up local chapters of people with disabilities who are self-advocates.
Serving Fairfield and Hocking counties, SOCIL believes that people with disabilities have the right to choices and opportunities in society that support and maximize their empowerment, inclusion, leadership, independence and full participation in community life.
SOCIL offers a wide variety of services, but four are essential in the efforts of people with disabilities to live independently.
These services include the following:
- Advocacy / Peer Support
- Information and Referral
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Community Transitions – Nursing Home & Schools
Ohio’s state support system includes State Support Teams who use a connected set of tools to improve instructional practice and student performance on a continuing basis. Serving a cluster of counties in Ohio, each regional state support team aims to impact students achievement by providing structures, supports and resources for schools, communities and families.
This letter, written by proud mother Jane Jarrow, is a must-read for all parents whose children are about to enter college!
The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them.
OCECD’s programs help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings. In addition, youth are assisted to advocate for themselves. Through knowledge about laws, resources, rights and responsibilities, families are better able to work with agencies to ensure that appropriate services are received for the benefit of their children.
An organization established to promote the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities by providing competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities throughout the State of Ohio.
The mission of Recreation Unlimited is to provide year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities and health concerns, while building self-confidence, self-esteem and promoting positive human relations, attitudes, and behaviors.
Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Disability.gov streamlines more than 18,000 resources from the federal, state and local levels. Comprehensive information is available on topics such as education, getting health care, finding a job, paying for housing and more. Visitors can also follow the site on Twitter, Facebook and its blog to receive timely updates on changes that may directly impact them.
Cerebral Palsy Guide provides information on all types of cerebral palsy including spastic cerebral palsy. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type and causes muscle tightness, making walking difficult. This site offers information on treatment options for students suffering from spastic cerebral palsy.
"America’s VetDogs® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country. VetDogs provides guide dogs for individuals who are blind or have low vision; hearing dogs for those who have lost their hearing later in life; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities; facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals, and PTSD service dogs to help mitigate the effects of PTSD in an effort to provide the emotional and physical support needed."
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
"For over six decades, we have promoted the independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship a guide dog brings to its handler. Students are provided their guide dogs and training free of charge. The Foundation also covers transportation (within the United States and Canada), and room and board. Our trademark small classes and individualized instruction often attract students who may have special requirements and we have successfully trained hearing-impaired blind people as well as many physically challenged people."
Service Animal Etiquette (Courtesy of the Guide Dog Foundation)
AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment. AbleData does not sell or endorse any particular company or products, but they provide plenty resources and reviews of products.
ACIL offers an assistive technology lending program, Recycled Equipment Donated for Independence (REDI).
A national organization whose mission is to "provide access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public."
AT Ohio's mission is to "help Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology. Assistive Technology refers to devices, equipment or services that assist individuals with disabilities to function independently in the areas of work, home or school. We offer several programs and services to achieve that goal. We also keep up with current legislative activity that affects persons with disabilities, and educate legislators about the needs and concerns of citizens with disabilities."
Learn about the assistive technology device lending library.
GESMV offers an Assistive Technology Services program, providing people with many services and equipment at no cost to those served. Those interested can also donate to GESMV to extend additional opportunities to utilize the assistive technology lending program.
GESMV also lends assistive living medical equipment to anyone in need. We offer wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, crutches and more free of charge in this temporary loan program. Short-term loans of equipment are for up to three months.
Read more about the GESMV medical equipment lending program.
This guidebook, created by Portland College, includes tips and best practices on website accessibility; instructions to create accessible media, like PowerPoints, Google Slides, Word Documents and Google Docs, PDFs, video and audio, etc.; an outline of accessibility requirements and obligations; and training and support resources.
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is the public transit agency that citizens count on in Montgomery County and western Greene County. There are over 3,300 stops on 31 routes throughout the region. All RTA buses include bike racks and are wheelchair accessible. You can now track your ride from your computer or mobile device using RTA's new Ride Time App! Learn more at RTA's Ride Time page.
Project Mobility is a curb-to-curb paratransit service, provided to certified individuals with disabilities who are unable to use regular fixed routes. Individuals wishing to use Project Mobility must complete an application and then set up an assessment appointment. The Project Mobility Certification Center can be reached at 937.426.8444
To schedule a ride, call 937.562.6466 or toll free at 877.227.2287. For more information contact Ken Collier, Executive Director, at 937.562.6463
Ride Finder is designed to provide contact information as well as general information about transportation providers in your area and around the Miami Valley.
MobilityWorks of Cincinnati specializes in wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive driving equipment. Daily and weekly rental vans can be found by clicking on the link above.
Facilitates special needs emergency transportation and care for people with mobility limitations. The mission of Rob's Rescue is "To enhance the effectiveness, safety, and sensitivity of the emergency response process for people with special and atypical emergency needs and individuals who are morbidly obese through specialized training, patient information, and equipment."
AAPD Summer Internship Program
Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/employment/internship-program/.
Applications and supporting documents must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 5:00pm EST.
AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. Once again,AccessComputing has funding for students with disabilities to participate in summer internships. Students participate in both research internships as well as non-research internships. As we all know, internship experience is important as students move on to the next steps of their careers.
Students with disabilities who are interested in summer internships are encouraged to fill out the form at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/blaser/283622 Through applying for an internship, students will have the opportunity become AccessComputing student team members. Student team members engage in online mentoring and are eligible to request funding for internships, travel to conferences, and tutoring.
Learn more about AccessComputing by checking out our latest Opportunities! newsletter that helps students with disabilities learn about careers in computing, locate resources, and learn about opportunities for students with disabilities.
For more information or help with the application, contact Brianna Blaser at email@example.com.
The Workforce Recruitment Program is a federal program to assist students with disabilities in connecting with federal internships and employment. In order to participate in this program, you must register with your campus recruiter (Angie Bonza in ODS) in the month of September.
Many of the guidelines below are specific to students with disabilities. For additional guidelines on professional appearance, visit the Career Services website. If you are interested in getting more help finding professional clothes, please contact Clothes That Work.
Professional Dress for Students with Disabilities
- Hygiene is an important part of a first impression. Make sure that your body and hair are clean.
- Carry your resumes in a professional-looking folder or portfolio.
- Minimize the amount of items you are carrying.
- Use a single briefcase or messenger bag. Leave unneccessary items at home or hang them on the coat rack. (WSU is not responsible for lost items.)
- If you will have an attendant with you, ask them to dress professionally, as well.
- If you arrive with friends, visit employers separately and regroup with finished networking. Career fairs are not a team sport!
- Clean all of your mobility equipment.
- Make sure no mud, strings, airport tags, stickers, etc. are on your chair/scooter/cane, etc.
- Don't forget your service dog! A bath, brushing, and clean equipment is important preparation.
This list represents the minimum guidelines for males attending an interview. For additional guidelines on professional appearance, visit the Career Services website.
- Conservative haircut
- Clean shaven or well-groomed facial hair
- Minimal to no jewelry (remove piercings, if possible)
- Dark suit, clean and ironed (choose matching jacket and pants in black, navy, charcoal, gray, etc. Unusual colors, distracting patterns, or "trendy" styles not recommended.)
- Conservative collared, button-down dress shirt, ironed
- Conservative tie (no distracting images, cartoons, etc.)
- No cologne/aftershave
- Dark-colored socks
- Polished dress shoes
This list represents the minimum guidelines for males attending an interview. For additional guidelines on professional appearance, visit the Career Services website.
- Hair clean, conservatively styled and colored
- Minimal makeup; no bold colors
- Minimal to no jewelry (one small earring in each ear, remove all other piercings, if possible)
- Dark suit, clean and ironed (choose black, navy, charcoal, gray, etc. Unusual colors, distracting patterns, or "trendy" styles not recommended.)
- Conservative blouse or button-down shirt; nothing low-cut or gapping between the buttons, no busy prints
- Clean, ironed pants or skirt (2 inches above the knee or longer)
- No perfume/body spray
- Dark-colored socks with pants or neutral nylons with a skirt
- Closed-toe dress shoes; heels no higher than 3 inches