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 and learning disabilities can realize their full potential. In order to achieve our goals, our office offers a variety of services
Academic Support Services
These 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
The Technology Center provides classroom materials in alternative formats that include:
- Textbooks and classroom materials in alternative formats that include audio CD's, e-text, Braille
- Image enhancements for students whose disabilities prevent them from using standard print
The Office of Disability Services also seeks to provide numerous adaptive technology opportunities for students such as:
We are truly here to help all students at Wright State University and ensure that every WSU community-member has the same opportunities. If there are any other accommodations we can provide, we will be sure to help anyone succeed.
- Certified Adaptive Technology Specialist
- Adaptive computer lab
- Technological accommodations for computers
- Communication device support
Physical Support Services
These services are designed to enable each student to be as independent as possible. Some of the services include:
- Accessible campus housing
- Information on accessible off-campus housing
- Disability parking
- Independent living skills training to achieve a greater degree of independence
- Information on mobility orientation for students with 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.
Personal Care Assistance 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.
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.
- 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
- Recommendations for work-site accommodations
- Job Fair for Individuals with Disabilities
Most services are provided to students at no cost; however, fee-based services such as personal assistance and out-of-class academic assistance will be billed directly to students or sponsoring agencies. There is a nominal administrative fee for materials provided by the Technology Center, which will also be billed directly to students or sponsoring agencies.
Specific orientations for incoming students with disabilities are offered prior to the beginning of each school year. Students and their families attend these program in addition to the university's student orientation program. These programs focus on services for students who use personal assistance, students who are blind or visually impaired, students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and students with learning disabilities.
The university offers the following courses designed to meet disability-related needs. All of these courses carry graduation credit.
UVC 101: Learning Community: This learning community is designed for new students registered with ODS to address disability-related concerns as students transition from high school to college. (offered Fall quarter)
ED 101: Managing your Personal Assistance (offered Fall quarter)
LA 201: Effective Career Planning (offered Spring quarter)
BME 155: Adaptive Computer Technology (offered Winter quarter)
HPR 100: Fitness class for students with physical disabilities (offered each quarter)
There are more than 150 clubs and organizations on campus, plus a variety of athletic and recreational programs. For more information on the Adapted Recreation program see the Campus Recreation web site at www.wright.edu/crec/programs/adaprec.html
- Adapted fitness
- Adapted swim team
- Downhill skiing
- Wheelchair basketball
- Wheelchair football
- Wheelchair tennis