Office for Disability Services
The Office for Disability Services provides and coordinates academic support services to all students with disabilities enrolled at The Ohio State University at Lima. Services and accommodations that are offered include (but are not limited to): extended time for exams, distraction-reduced test environment, textbooks on tape, note- taking assistance, testing on computer, strategy counseling, and referral to the Learning Center. The ultimate goal is to assist individuals to increase their independence, to develop self-advocacy skills, and to maximize their potential.
In addition, the Coordinator for Disability Services interviews students for learning disabilities, and may refer them for testing if needed. Students who show some academic difficulty related to the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities may also be referred for testing. Students who have documented disabilities that interfere with their learning ability are provided with accommodations as needed.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Services for students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Reader, taped tests, or reader for proofing
- Oral tests
- Spell checker or dictionary
- Extended time
- Alternate test formats
- Distraction-reduced test environment
- Language assistance
- Word processor/computer
- Access to textbooks on tape
- Access to class notes
- Priority Scheduling
- Academic counseling
- Tutoring *
Access to adaptive equipment:
- Spell checkers
- Tape recorders
- Enlarging devices
- Computers with spell/grammar checker
* Tutors may not always be available in every course offered at Ohio State Lima.
Disability Services Mission
The mission of the Office for Disability Services is to ensure that all individuals with Disabilities can freely and actively participate in all programs and to enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential to develop their independence to the fullest extent possible. The ODS is also dedicated to increase the level of awareness among all members of the University community in order to enable individuals with disabilities to perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities.
The student who has previously been diagnosed should provide to the Coordinator for Disability Services the following documentation regarding his/her disability:
- Diagnostic report based on Psycho-educational assessments, which provides a clear statement that the person has a disability.
- If a student has received services prior to coming to The Ohio State University, a copy of the most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- Documentation must be current.
Definition of Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities in adulthood affect each individual uniquely. For some, difficulties lie in only one specific functional area; for others, problems are more global in nature, including social and emotional problems.
For many, certain functional areas of adult life are limited compared to other areas. Adults with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence, but intelligence oftentimes has no relation to the degree of disability. Learning disabilities persist throughout the life span, with some areas improving and others worsening. Specific deficits associated with learning disabilities are real and persistent and may pose significant difficulties in vocation and career. Nevertheless, such deficits do not necessarily preclude achievement, and in some cases, may have a positive relationship with achievement. In almost all cases, learning disabilities necessitate alternative approaches to achieve vocational success.
(Reiff, Gerber, and Ginsberg, 1993, p. 124)
Coordinator for Disability Services
Karen Meyer, Coordinator for Disability Services at the Lima Campus of OSU, holds a BS degree from The Ohio State University and an MS in Education, specializing in Learning Disabilities, from the University of Dayton. Karen is also a member of the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
Her office is located in 154 Student Services Center, and she is available for appointments by calling 567-242-7510. Her e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbus Campus ODS Office: www.ods.osu.edu