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Extending the opportunities of higher education to people with disabilities is a high priority at Wright State. The Office of Disability Services offers services, programs and activities that allow students with disabilities to participate in all facets of university life, according to their unique abilities and interests. In order to achieve our goal of helping students realize their full potential, we offer services above and beyond those required.
Academic services are designed to assist students with disabilities in meeting all academic requirements at the university.
Registered students with documented disabilities may receive classroom accommodations such as:
- Test proctoring services
- extended time
- environment with reduced distractions
- adaptive computer equipment
- reading or writing assistance
- Classroom and laboratory accommodations and assistance
- Reader/writer services, in or out of class
- Advising for issues regarding disabilities and academic accommodations
Autism Spectrum Support
By 2012, the number of students on the autism spectrum registered with ODS had grown to over 20% of all registered students.To address the growing need for support, ODS created the Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE) program to assist students on the spectrum as they transition from high school to college. Currently, the RASE program consists of a therapeutic support group and a transition coach program.
RASE Transition Coach Program
Each student in this program is assigned a transition coach to work with him/her, one-on-one, for up to 5 hours per week.
The transition coaches are experienced undergraduate or graduate students who are available as a resource for students on the Autism Spectrum. Employees of ODS, coaches tailor their schedule to accommodate their students’ specific needs. Coaches work with students on transition competency areas to develop the structure and framework necessary to be successful in college. The coach’s focus can include assisting the student with learning self-advocacy skills, accessing campus resources and services, and problem-solving.
RASE Program Fee Structure* (as of June 2015)
|Year||Term Fee||Support Services|
*Flat fee charged to participating student's Bursar account at the start of each academic term.
For more information about the Transition Coach program, including eligibility requirements, please see the RASE program brochure and read testimonials from RASE students and their parents.
Autism Spectrum Support Group
The Autism Spectrum Support Group offers a comfortable and confidential place for ODS students diagnosed with Aspergers to discuss academic and life issues, and how to cope with them. This group gathers for biweekly meetings during fall and spring semesters. This group is facilitated by our doctoral practicum students and any students registered with ODS and diagnosed with Aspergers are welcome.
For more information about the support group, please contact Dr. Erendira Lopez-Garcia.
Career and Vocational Support
- Assistance in selecting a major
- Career development and planning
- Assistance in searching for paid and unpaid work experiences
- Assistance with internships/co-op experiences for students with disabilities
- Job-seeking skills and resume assistance
- Recommendations for work-site accommodations
- Job Fair for individuals with disabilities
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Support
Services for Students
Eligible students registered with ODS may request interpreting or C-Print services for their classes and other academic activities. Students submit course schedules and indicate service requests before the start of each semester.
- Sign language interpreters (ASL and tactile available)
- C-Print captioning service
- FM and IR amplification systems available for check-out
Interpreting & Captioning Requests for University Events
Wright State community members who are interested in contracting interpreters or C-Print for university events should contact Sarah Mault in ODS for instructions to arrange the services. Departments/organizations hosting the event and requesting the services are responsible for the associated fees.
- Personal Assistance Station in Student Union
- Accessible campus housing
- Wright State's underground tunnel system, providing easy access to virtually all main campus buildings
- Independent living skills training to achieve a greater degree of independence
- Information on mobility orientation for students with visual impairments
- Local accessible off-campus housing
Personal Care Assistance Services
P.A. services are available to eligible students with severe physical disabilities for daily activities, such as personal hygiene, eating, and laundry.
Each student's individual requirements and needs are assessed during the Pre-Service Interview. Personal assistance services are fee-based; the hourly rates for personal assistance is determined by the level of service required. Charges are paid for by the student or sponsoring agencies, such as the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Personal Assistance Station
The Personal Assistance Station (PA Station) is located in 072 Student Union. Equipped with three private restrooms and multiple lifts, the PA station is staffed by trained ODS student employees. The station provides day-time assistance to students, faculty, and staff with severe physical disabilities, at no cost to the consumer. The PA station is open seven days a week during academic terms, and provides personal assistance with lavatory needs, clothing, bags, etc. The PA Station staff does not provide medical treatment.
Campus Paratransit Service
On-campus paratransit is a new accessible transport service offered by Parking & Transportation to provide students with disabilities door-to-door campus transportation. Two new accessible vans have been purchased expressly for this service.
Eligible students with disabilities can set up standing/repeating or one-time rides with the paratransit service. Once registered, riders can set up their entire semester ride schedule or request one-time rides as needed (subject to request guidelines). Riders can also register their personal attendants to ride with them.
- Register with the Office of Disability Services.
- Meet with your ODS counselor to request a paratransit eligibility review.
- If approved, ODS will send notification of your eligibility to you and Parking & Transportation.
- Contact Parking & Transportation to set up your ride schedule.
Campus shuttles run Monday through Friday when classes and finals are in session. There are no shuttle service during breaks, university-observed holidays or university weather/emergency closings. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible. There are several routes to access various campus locations. For route and schedule information, please visit the Parking and Transportation site.
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.
Off-Campus Accessible Transportation
Students have access to the areas surrounding Wright State University by taking advantage of the accessible transportation programs:
- Montgomery County via RTA's Project Mobility(call 937.425.8301)
- Greene County via Greene CATS(call 937.562.6466)
- More information on accessible transportation can be found on the Resources page.
Service Dog Park
Nationally recognized for its commitment to students with disabilities, Wright State University was one of the first universities in the country to offer an on-campus dog park exclusively reserved for service dogs. For more information on the service dog park on campus, please see the Wingerd Service Dog Park page.
Students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or ADHD while attending grade school or high school may need updated testing to receive accommodations for college. In addition, some college students may have learning disabilities or ADHD that have not yet been diagnosed or have been misdiagnosed. Disability Services offers specialized evaluation for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder (ADHD) to students currently enrolled at Wright State University.
Students interested in being evaluated for a learning disability should contact ODS to set up an intake appointment, to determine whether or not assessment is advised.
Students who are interested in counseling/therapy may contact Counseling and Wellness Services at 937.775.3407. Raider Cares is Counseling and Wellness Services’ 24-hour crisis phone service, available to current Wright State University students experiencing emotional distress. Students can call Raider Cares at 855.224.2887 (TTY: 855.327.9151).
- Textbooks and classroom materials in alternative formats that include audio CDs, mp3 files, text-only, PDF, and Braille
- Image enhancements for students whose disabilities prevent them from using standard print
- Certified Adaptive Technology Specialist
- Adaptive computer lab
- Technological accommodations for computers
- Communication device support
Most services are provided to students at no cost; however, fee-based services such as personal assistance and out-of-class reader-writer services will be billed directly to students or sponsoring agencies.
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