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Extending the opportunities of higher education to people with disabilities is a high priority at Wright State. The university's Office of Disability Services offers programs to promote each student's academic, personal, physical, and vocational growth so that people with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities can realize their full potential. Visit our website for more information.
In addition to the 140 clubs and organizations that are open to students, Wright State has several extracurricular programs that offer unique opportunities for students with disabilities. These programs include adapted athletics, intramurals and recreation.
Physical Support Services
These services are designed to enable each student to be as independent as possible. Included are the services of personal assistance with daily hygiene requirements, handicapped parking areas, assistance in locating adapted housing off campus, training in the activities of daily living to achieve a greater degree of independence, and the coordination of campus mobility orientation for students who have visual impairments. WSU's underground tunnel system provides easy access to virtually all campus buildings. Students have access to all areas of Montgomery County via the completely accessible public transit system.
Academic Support Services
These services are designed to assist students with physical and learning disabilities in meeting all academic requirements at the university. Students with documented disabilities may receive classroom accommodations such as sign language interpreters, lab assistance, or reader/writer service. The Office of Disability Services can administer exams outside the normal classroom for students needing additional time and/or reading and writing assistance due to disability-related limitations. Counseling for issues regarding academics is also available.
The Technology Center provides classroom materials in alternative formats that include audio cassette tapes, MP3s, CDs, Braille, and image enhancement.
Career and Vocational Support Services
These services assist students with physical and/or learning disabilities in making career choices, and in the planning and development of their careers. Opportunities also exist for students to have various work site experiences. These methods allow students to make realistic decisions about future careers and ensure that the students are able to meet the demands of their chosen occupations.
Applicants requiring services available to students with physical and/or learning disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services prior to enrollment. A pre-service interview and professional documentation of disability are required prior to utilization of our services. The purpose of the interview is to assess disability-related needs and to plan services accordingly. Most services are provided to students at no cost, however fee-based services such as personal assistance and out of class reader/writer assistance can be billed directly to agencies or students.
Application Process for the Office of Disability Service
The Office of Disability Services offers services, programs and activities that allow students with disabilities to participate in all facets of university Activities according to their unique abilities and interests. Access is an important aspect of the Wright State community. Students with disabilities are encouraged to develop independence to the fullest extent possible and to assume responsibility for their chosen activities styles. Approximately 500 students with physical and/or learning disabilities participate in our programs.
Eligibility and Preservice Interview
Applicants requesting services should contact the Office of Disability Services prior to enrollment. A copy of professional documentation of disability* should be submitted prior to scheduling a preservice interview. The preservice interview is designed to assess disability-related needs and to plan services accordingly. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services well in advance (six to twelve months) of their planned entry date.
Applicants MUST submit prior to their pre-service interview:
- A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR SERVICES FORM
- A COPY OF PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION OF DISABILITY*
- A LIST OF SERVICES PROVIDED AT PREVIOUS SCHOOLS (Individual Education Plan or letter from previous college)
- A TRANSCRIPT OF GRADES FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR OTHER SCHOOLS (This is in addition to the one submitted to Admissions. It is important to remember that your Application for services through the Office of Disability Services is separate and not connected to the application to the university. Wright State has adopted a college preparatory curriculum policy. Because our program is supportive in nature rather than remedial, we have found that students with disabilities who are most successful at the university level have taken a college preparatory curriculum in high school. If a student has completed a general high school curriculum, we recommend that consideration be given to entering a two-year college as a more realistic path to Wright State University.
All documents submitted are placed in a confidential student file and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to any agency or other college or university. We suggest you submit copies, keeping the original documents for your use at a later time.
* PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION MUST INCLUDE:
- Learning Disabilities: A psychoeducational assessment using acceptable testing instruments and measures. The assessment must give specifics of the learning disability that is clearly supported by the data in the assessment.
- Attention Deficit Disorder: Testing assessment using acceptable testing instruments and measures. Provide specifics of how learning and academic activities are impaired in an academic setting that is supported by the data in the testing assessment.
- Psychological Disorder: Testing evaluation using acceptable testing instruments. Provide specifics of how learning and academic activities are impaired in an academic setting that is supported by the data in the evaluation.
- Disabilities involving Medical, Physical, Hearing or Visual Impairments can be certified by a physician or counselor.
Office of Disability Services, 023 Student Union, (937) 775-5680 (voice), or (937) 775-5844 (TTY)