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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 service in/out of class
- Advising for issues regarding disabilities and academic accommodations
Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Sign language interpreters
- C-Print captioning
- FM and IR amplification systems
Autism Spectrum Support
Transition Coach Program
Each student in this program is assigned a transition coach to work with him/her, one-on-one, for up to 10 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.
For more information about the Transition Coach program, please download the program brochure.
Autism Spectrum Support Group
The Autism Spectrum Support Group offers a comfortable and confidential place for 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 download the program brochure or contact ODS.
Check back soon for this semester's meeting dates.
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
- Accessible campus housing
- Information on accessible off-campus housing
- Independent living skills training to achieve a greater degree of independence
- Information on mobility orientation for students with visual impairments
- Wright State's underground tunnel system, providing easy access to virtually all main campus buildings
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.
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.
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.
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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