Oklahoma State University

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What services are available?

Assistance is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Services will be designed in a manner intended to remove barriers which hinder learning and which allow maximum independence. Reasonable accommodations will be based on need, not desire or convenience. Services are intended to provide equal access and equal opportunity.

Campus Orientation

    The office will provide students with a detailed campus map that highlights accessible building entrances, accessible parking and other access features.  Campus orientation may be provided upon request.

Instructor Notification

    To aid students in securing appropriate services, the office provides instructors with written notification of the functional impact of a student’s disability and recommendations for academic accommodations. Students must also identify themselves to their instructor(s) for implementation of the identified classroom accommodations.

Notetaking Assistance

    Students may arrange for notetaking assistance by securing a volunteer notetaker or by tape recording lectures. Working with Student Disability Services to obtain copies of instructor’s lecture notes, as available, is also an alternative.

If the volunteer notetaking option is selected, is it the student’s responsibility to contact Student Disability Services. A letter will be sent to the student’s instructors requesting an in-class volunteer notetaker solicitation. It is then the student’s responsibility to obtain the volunteer’s name  and number from the instructor.  “Volunteer Notetaker Packets” which include NCR paper (no carbon required) are available from Student Disability Services. The Volunteer Notetaker Program is not intended to replace class attendance.

If the tape recording option is selected and a student does not have a tape recorder, students may check-out a tape recorder and tapes from Student Disability Services as available. Students are responsible for the return of tape recorders and tapes at the conclusion of each semester, or they will be billed for the cost of the equipment.

Alternative Testing

Students with disabilities may request accommodations in course examination requirements or formats.   Authorized testing accommodations are designed to assist students in demonstrating their skills or acquired knowledge rather than the impact of their disabilities.

For students with disabilities requiring exam accommodations, a test proctoring service has been developed as a cooperative effort between University Assessment and Testing Center (UAT) and Student Disability Services. If testing assistance is necessary, UAT can provide testing accommodations for approved students with disabilities as an alternative examination arrangement for students and their instructors. UAT provides scribes, readers, closed circuit monitors, and computers with assistive technology, spelling and grammar check as testing accommodations for authorized students.

The University Assessment and Testing Center is located at 1524 W. Admiral Ave., 744-5958. UAT schedules examinations for students from 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and requires that tests begin no later than 3:00 p.m. and end no later than 4:45 p.m. Examinations are administered and timed according to the specifications of the student’s instructor and Student Disability Services.

The following procedures have been established for students and instructors to follow to utilize alternative testing in UAT. 1) Students seeking testing accommodations are responsible for speaking with their instructors regarding their requests far in advance of scheduled examinations, preferably at the beginning of the semester. 2) Students must also request appropriate services from Student Disability Services on a timely basis. 3) The Coordinator of Student Disability Services will notify the student’s instructor(s) and UAT of recommended testing provisions and auxiliary aids. Consultation among the student, his/her instructor(s), and the Coordinator of Student Disability Services may be necessary before some testing accommodations are authorized.

Students approved to use UAT should obtain a "Test Coversheet" from Student Disability Services and give it to their instructors.  Online submission of exams is also available (uat.okstate.edu/websubmittal).  The student and instructor(s) should agree upon the dates and time periods for scheduling course examinations in UAT.  Exams should be taken at the regular class time unless a scheduling conflict exists.  The student is then responsible for contacting UAT to schedule examinations. This should be done as far in advance as possible to ensure scheduling needs can be met.  The instructor is responsible for delivering examinations and written test instructions to UAT in advance of scheduled exams, utilizing the "Coversheet."  If students have additional questions, a complete outline of UAT procedures is listed at uat.okstate.edu.

Alternative Format Text Materials

Student Disability Services provides assistance to students in obtaining texts in alternative (i.e., e-text, CD, large print, braille) formats. If a student is eligible to obtain textbooks and equipment, Student Disability Services will assist the student in processing application(s) to Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) and/or Bookshare if necessary. SDS will work with students to order books through his/her own membership, OSU’s institutional membership(s), publishers, and other available resources to obtain required texts. Students need to identify the required texts as soon as possible to begin this process. Early identification and requests are important in order to ensure timely receipt of materials. Priority enrollment is meant for this purpose.

Students may check-out equipment to play accessible textbooks. Students are responsible for the return of equipment and materials at the conclusion of each semester.

Students may request assistance in obtaining text materials in a large-print format if this is determined to be the most effective reasonable accommodation. Student Disability Services will scan and/or provide large print copies of the required text materials. Use of Assistive Technology by students is expected as a means to provide access to printed material. (See “Equipment Loan.”) Training on equipment use is available.

Interpreter Services

    In addition to the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Specialist, freelance interpreters/real-time captionists and local agencies are utilized to provide services.  Students using interpreters/real-time captionists  must notify SDS (744-7116 v/t or 744-5890 after hours tty messages) as soon as possible of needs.  Priority enrollment is meant to assist in early notification.  If a class is missed, at least 48 hours advance notice is expected.  A “no show” or notice less than 48 hours will be counted as a “miss,” save extenuating circumstances.  Three misses will result in suspension of services until the student meets with the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Specialist.

Priority Enrollment

Students with disabilities may be eligible for priority enrollment.  Determination is made on an individual basis pertinent to the functional issues of the disability and the impact on access/accommodation needs.

Classroom Accessibility

    If a student with a disability enrolls in a course that is scheduled in an inaccessible location, the student should notify Student Disability Services to obtain a change in classroom location.

Accessible Parking Permits

    Purchase of a campus parking permit is required for all students/faculty/staff. Permanent or temporary University accessible parking stickers are available through the OSU Department of Parking and Transit,104 USDA Building, 744-6525. After November 1, 2008 the address will be 1006 W. Hall of Fame, 744-6525.  Students who have a State accessible license plate/hang tag on their registered campus vehicle can provide documentation of this fact to the Police Department for purchase of a University accessible parking sticker. All other students must first be seen by and provide appropriate medical documentation to the University Student Health Center, 1202 W Farm Road, 744-7665, for authorization for temporary or permanent University accessible parking.  After receiving a permit, students will be notified and can renew on-line.  This permit allows parking access in any accessible space AND in any faculty, staff, or student parking space.

Equipment Loan

Student Disability Services has the following equipment available for loan to students.  Equipment should be returned, in good condition, at the end of the semester or the student’s bursar account will be charged for damage or replacement cost.

  • Alpha Smart—portable word processor
  • Alertmaster equipment-phone/door/clock alarm/bed shaker with flasher
  • Assistive Listening Device-personal FM system
  • Braille labeler—hand-held label maker that produces braille labels
  • Braille typewriter—portable braille typewriter
  • Daisy/MP3 player-digital talking book player for Learning Ally disks
  • Drafting chair—ergonomic chair
  • Hand magnifier-hand-held magnifier (up to 6.5 times)
  • Keyboards-keyboards for one-handed and two-handed typing
  • Mouse/Touch pad-trackball mouse and USB touchpads
  • Oklahoma ABLE Tech resources (as available)
  • Two-track tape players and mini cassette player—typical tape players
  • Wheelchairs—manual wheelchairs and scooter (1)

Assistive Technology

The following software/equipment is available on/off campus.  To access AT software off-campus, go to the AT website on http://access.okstate.edu, then click AT software on campus, then click installation guide for the software.

  • Voice recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking) - limited to 20 user licenses
  • Screen reader (JAWS) - campus computer labs
  • Screen magnification (MAGIC) - campus computer labs
  • Daisy Book Reader (Easy Reader) - campus computer labs
  • Scanner/Reader (Open Book, WYNN) - campus computer labs

Equipment & Locations

  • Cannon Scanner - 315 Student Union
  • Two AT student workstations -  315 Student Union
  • CCTV, Optelec  - 315 Student Union; 1st Floor Library; 001 Willard Hall
  • Braille printer - 315 Student Union; 408 Classroom Building
  • Tactile Image Enhancer - 315 Student Union

Check with SDS regarding changes/additions to this list.