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Office of Disability Services

Personal Assistance Station

PA Station Closed

The PA Station be closed from December 10 through January 10 for winter break and will reopen on January 11, 2021.

Due to health and safety concerns, the Personal Assistance Station will have limited hours (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.–6 p.m.) for the Spring Semester and users must make an appointment.  For detailed information, please email katherine.myers@wirght.edu

Overview

Established in the 1970s, the Personal Assistance Station is a one-of-a-kind facility located on Wright State’s Dayton campus that provides support to students with physical disabilities. These vital services allow students with physical disabilities to attend college, develop independent living skills, and participate actively in not only academic life but also the campus culture.

The station provides assistance to students, faculty, staff, and guests with severe physical disabilities, at no cost to the consumer. The station is open seven days a week during academic terms (including snow dates and holidays). The station staff provides personal assistance with:

  • restroom use
  • transferring in/out of mobility device
  • body positioning
  • assistance with coats/hats/gloves
  • clothing/shoe/glasses adjustments
  • assistance with adjusting bags, etc.
  • daytime mobility device charging
  • cleaning/wipe down of wheelchairs/scooters
  • re-inflation of tires with air pump

The station staff does NOT provide medical treatment of any kind.

 

Facilities

The Personal Assistance Station (PA Station) is located in 072 Student Union.

Each of the three private restrooms is staffed by two PAs at all times and equipped with the following:

  • ceiling-mounted SureHands sling lift
  • various sized body slings
  • bariatric changing table
  • sink at ADA-approved height
  • full-length mirrors
  • basic personal hygiene items (paper towels, flushable wipes, feminine hygiene)

 

Staff

PA station is staffed by trained ODS student employees. All student PAs attend an intensive 2-day training hosted by a certified nurse. All PAs receive training on the following:

  • Understanding disabilities
  • Wheelchair basics—cleaning and pumping tires for manual & power wheelchairs, and mobility scooters
  • Transfer techniques and safety
  • Lift use techniques
  • Hygiene tips and techniques
  • Skincare and hygiene
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Bladder/bowel products and programs
  • Disposal of trash/waste
  • Emergency situations and response
  • Wright State Injury/incident reports
  • Collaboration with Housing, referral to Health Services

All PAs also receive:

  • Universal precautions and bloodborne pathogens training
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Background screening