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Services

Each student's individual eligibility for services is determined through the application and interview process; the list below represents available services. ODS provides accommodations to students with all types of disabilities: ADD/ADHD, learning, medical, physical, and psychological. ODS also offers accommodations to students currently enrolled at Wright State via the PSEO and College Credit Plus programs, and Pre-College Programs. In order to achieve our goal of helping students realize their full potential, we offer services above and beyond those required.

Please click the links below to jump to specific service descriptions. You can also view or download our brochure or list of services.

*NOTE:

Beginning July 1, 2016, tutoring sponsorship through the Office of Disability Services will be discontinued.
Beginning July 1, 2016, out of class Reader/Writer services offered through the Office of Disability Services will be discontinued.


Academic Services

Academic services are designed to assist students with disabilities in meeting all academic requirements at the university.

Eligible students may receive accommodations such as:

Test proctoring services

  • extended test time
  • testing environment with reduced distractions
  • assistive technology/software
  • reading or writing assistance (test proctor/scribe), Scantron assistance

Classroom/Laboratory Accommodations

  • Furniture accommodations
  • Lab assistance

Note Taking

Reader/Writer Services

  • Reader: reads printed course materials aloud to student
  • Writer: writes/types content as student dictates (scribe)

Advising

  • Students may meet with case managers to discuss issues regarding disabilities and academic accommodations.

*NOTE: 
Beginning July 1, 2016, out of class Reader/Writer services offered through the Office of Disability Services will be discontinued.
Beginning July 1, 2016, tutoring sponsorship through the Office of Disability Services will be discontinued. All WSU students receive 1 hour of free tutoring per week, per class, from University Tutoring Services. See the Tutoring Services page for details. 

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.


Autism Spectrum Support

RASE Transition Coach Program

Students in this fee-based, elective program are assigned a transition coach to work with them, 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 set 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
1 $500
  • Average of 5 hours/week coaching
  • 1 individualized needs assessment
  • 1 technology consultation/term
2 $200
  • 2 hours/week coaching
  • 1 vocational consultation/term
3 $200
  • 2 hours/week coaching
  • Vocational & technology consultations as needed
4 $200
  • 1 hour/week coaching
  • 1 hour/week vocational support

*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.

Want to hear from our students? Read our RASE testimonials. For more information about the RASE transition coach program, please contact Heather Rando, RASE Coordinator.

Autism Spectrum Support Group

Facilitated by Counseling and Wellness Services, the Students on the Spectrum group provides a supportive environment for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to share their personal experiences, develop allies, and receive feedback. This group will address issues that are important to members in an effort to enhance overall adjustment to college life.

For more information about the support group and for upcoming meeting dates/times, please contact Counseling and Wellness services at (937) 775-3407.


Career & Vocational Services

In cooperation with the WSU Career Center, ODS case managers assist students with disabilities in making major and career choices, and in the planning and development of their careers. Opportunities also exist for students to have various work site experiences.

  • Recommendations for work-site accommodations
  • Assistance in selecting a major
  • Assistance in searching for paid and unpaid work experiences
  • Assistance with internships/co-op experiences
  • Job-seeking skills and resume assistance
  • Career development and planning

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

For ODS Students

Eligible students registered with ODS may request interpreting or C-Print services for their classes and other academic activities, at no cost to the student. Students must submit all requests via the AIM portal. Please allow at least 24 hours' notice for any requests.

  • Sign language interpreters (ASL and tactile available)
  • C-Print captioning service (What is C-Print?)
  • FM and IR amplification systems available for check-out

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 cost of interpreting/C-Print services.


Physical Support Services

Wright State features accommodations that are designed to enable each student to be as independent as possible. Some of the features include:

  • On-Campus Personal Care Assistance Services
  • 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

Personal assistant (P.A.) services are available to eligible students with severe physical disabilities for daily activities, such as personal hygiene, lavatory needs, dining, and laundry. Services are provided on campus by trained ODS student employees.

Each student's individual requirements and needs are assessed during the College Accommodation Plan Meeting. Personal assistance services are fee-based; the hourly rates for personal assistance is determined by the level of service required. Charges for individual care services are paid by the student or sponsoring agencies, such as the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Students who wish to employ personal assistants from an agency or an independent provider are welcome to do so. If private P.A.s require access to Wright State housing and facilities, the employee must apply through ODS for an affiliate Wright1 Card.

​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 assistance to students, faculty, staff, and guests with severe physical disabilities, at no cost to the consumer. The PA station is open seven days a week during academic terms (please inquire at ODS for specific hours), and provides personal assistance with lavatory needs, clothing, bags, etc. The PA Station staff does not provide medical treatment. For more information, see the Personal Assistance Station page.

On-Campus Transportation

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.

Paratransit Registration process:
  1. Register with the Office of Disability Services.
  2. Meet with your ODS counselor to request a paratransit eligibility review.
  3. If approved, ODS will send notification of your eligibility to you and Parking & Transportation.
  4. Contact Parking & Transportation to set up your ride schedule.

Campus Shuttles

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.

Disability Parking

A campus parking pass is required to park in any university parking lot (except visitor lots). To park in accessible parking on campus, 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. An application for disability placard is required, along with a prescription from a physician. 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:

Wingerd 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.

 


Psychological Assessment Services

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. The School of Professional Psychology 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 SOPP at 937.775.3490 to set up an intake appointment, which determines 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).


Technology Support

Alternative Format

The Technology Center produces and provides classroom materials in alternative formats that include:

  • Textbooks and classroom materials in alternative formats that include Word, text-only, PDF, and Braille
  • Image enhancements for students whose disabilities prevent them from using standard print

Assistive Technology

The Office of Disability Services also seeks to provide numerous assistive technology opportunities for students such as:
  • Certified Adaptive Technology Specialist
  • Adaptive computer lab
  • Technological accommodations for computers
  • Communication device support

Fees

Most services are provided to students at no cost; however, fee-based services such as personal assistance, RASE transition coaches, and out-of-class reader/writer services will be billed directly to students or sponsoring agencies.