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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. Students with documented disabilities may receive classroom accommodations such as:
- Test Proctoring services for students needing additional time, an environment with reduced distractions, adaptive computer accommodations, and/or reading or writing assistance
- Classroom and laboratory accommodations and assistance
- Reader/writer service
- Sign language interpreters (for students who are deaf or hard of hearing)
- C-Print (for students who are deaf or hard of hearing)
- FM and IR amplification systems (for students who are deaf or hard of hearing)
- Counseling for issues regarding academics
Austism 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
- 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 and the hourly fee 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.
A campus parking pass is required to park in any university parking lot (except visitor lots). To qualify for use of disability access parking, you must possess and display a disability parking placard or plates. Apply for a disability parking placard/plates through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. For more information on campus parking, please visit the Parking and Transportation page.
Students have access to the areas surrounding Wright State University by taking advantage of the accessible transportation programs:
Psychological Assessment & Support
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.
- 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.
Striving and Thriving
Striving and Thriving
A Guide for College-Bound Students with Disabilities