Office of Disability Services

Support in the Pursuit of Your Educational Goals

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) ensures that students with special needs receive the academic accommodations they need in their courses of study.

Our goal is to guarantee that all students have equal opportunity in the pursuit of their educational objectives.
 

Location: Room 129, Main Building (Clifton Campus)

Office Hours:
Monday & Tuesday 8 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 8 am to 8 pm
Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Phone:
Clifton Campus - (513) 569-1775

  • Clifton Campus Fax: (513) 569-4744

Middletown Campus - (513) 217-3700
Harrison Campus - (513) 569-4971

Email: disabilities@cincinnatistate.edu

Our Staff

  • Pamela Goines, Director of Disability Services
  • Karen Gaines, Office Assistant 
 

Eligibility for Services

Any otherwise qualified student or prospective student who states that he or she has a disability, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 or the guidelines for section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, may register with the Office of Disability Services.

Eligible students are strongly encouraged to use our services. Studies show that students who consistently use ODS resources earn higher grades, and graduate at a higher rate, than eligible students who choose not to use them.

All accommodation services, if recommended by the ODS to a student, are free of charge.

How to Register for Services

To register for services, a student or prospective student should meet with an ODS special needs counselor and provide appropriate documentation of a disability.

For more information, call (513) 569-1775.

Transition Guide: Differences in Disability Services from High School to College

Forms:

Additional Resources

The following organizations offer services for individuals with disabilities living in Greater Cincinnati area.

General Services

AbleData - http://www.abledata.com 
Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.

Center for Independent Living Options (CLIO) - http://www.cilo.net
Helps individuals who have physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities to maintain active and productive lives of their choosing.


United Way of Greater Cincinnati - http://www.uwgc.org/211
Trained professionals can connect you to essential community services.

Hamilton County Educational Service Center - http://www.hcesc.org
Help you solve challenges that related to education or business.

Hearing Impairment Services

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati - www.hearingspeechdeaf.com
Supports individuals and families to overcome obstacles to communication.

Ohio Relay - http://ohiorelay.com/index.html
A free public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled, using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the Internet.

Hearing Loss Association of America – Southwest Ohio Chapter - http://www.hearingloss-swohio.org/cms
An organization representing people with hearing loss.
 

Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness
Helps infants, children, and adults reach their fullest potential by eliminating communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology, and education.


Vision/Reading Impairment Services

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) - http://www.cincyblind.org
A private not-for-profit organization with a long and respected tradition of offering comprehensive services to people who are blind or visually impaired. 
 

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - http://www.clovernook.org
Provides comprehensive program services to promote independence and foster the highest quality of life for people with visual impairments.

Sight for Students - http://www.sightforstudents.org
A Vision Service Plan (VSP) charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children.

Vision USA - http://www.aoafoundation.org/vision-usa
Provides free eye exams to low-income Americans across the U.S.

Prevent Blindness - http://www.preventblindness.org
Promotes vision care through screening, educating, advocating, and training.

Mental Health Services

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services - http://mha.ohio.gov
Promotes wellness and recovery.

Mental Health Access Point - http://www.mentalhealthaccesspoint.org
Provides assessment, support, and connections for children and adults residing in Hamilton County who are in need of mental health services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Hamilton County Chapter - http://www.nami.org/MSTemplate.cfm?Section=Home&MicrositeID=343
Offers educational programs, support groups, and an information/referral phone line.

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services - http://www.gcbhs.com
Addresses client needs related to housing, psychiatric help, medication, and vocational, social, and other support.
 

Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board - http://hcmhrsb.org
Responsible for planning, funding, and evaluating the effectiveness of community mental health services and alcohol and drug addiction services available to Hamilton County (Ohio) residents.

 

Human Rights Services

Hamilton County Job & Family Services - http://www.hcjfs.org
Provides services such as food, cash, medical assistance, publicly-subsidized child care, child and adult protection, child support case management, and employment assistance.

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services - http://www.hamiltondds.org/services
The website includes a list of eligibility requirements.

Family Support Services Program - http://www.hamiltondds.org/services/all-ages/family-support-services-program
Assists families who are caring for a family member with disabilities.

Ohio Civil Rights Commission - http://crc.ohio.gov
Enforces state laws against discrimination.

Ohio Client Assistance Program - http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/cap-program
Serves as an advocate for clients of the Rehabilitation Services Commission if they encounter obstacles or conflicts in obtaining services.

U.S. Department of Education/Office of Civil Rights - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
Works to ensure equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

 

Specific Illness-Related Services

National Center for Learning Disabilities – College & Adult - http://ncld.org/age-related-content-college-adult
Provides information regarding types of learning disabilities and various ways of finding support.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati & Columbus - http://www.epilepsy-ohio.org
Helps people with epilepsy and their families enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Ohio Valley Chapter - http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/OHG
Works to improve the quality of life for people affected by multiple sclerosis in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. 

Autism Society of Ohio - http://www.autismohio.org
Works to improve the lives of all Ohioans affected by autism spectrum disorder.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence - http://www.ocali.org
Supports individuals with autism.

Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati - http://www.autismcincy.org
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with autism, and their families.
 

National Center for PTSD - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp
Dedicated to research and education on trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Attention Deficit Disorder Association - http://www.add.org
Helps adults with ADHD lead better lives.

National Center for Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia - http://ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-and-warning-signs-in-adults
Provides information for students and adults with Dyslexia.
 

Dependency Services

Mental Health Access Point (MHAP) - http://www.centralclinic.org/?page_id=140
Provides care and support, 24 hours a day, for individuals, couples, and families who need mental health services.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati - http://www.uwgc.org
Helps people learn, grow, aspire, and live their best lives to achieve goals in the areas of education, income, and health.

Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board - http://hcmhrsb.org
Responsible for planning, funding, and evaluating the effectiveness of community mental health services, alcohol addiction, and drug addiction services available to Hamilton County (Ohio) residents.

 

Employment Services

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - https://askjan.org
Offers free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries - http://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/careers
One of the nation’s largest providers of vocational rehabilitation programs.

Social Security Administration – Individuals with Disabilities - http://www.ssa.gov/careers/dib.html
Selects qualified individuals with disabilities for positions that maximize their talents.

 

Technology Services

Assistive Technology of Ohio - http://www.atohio.org/index.html
Helps Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology.

Easter Seals TriState - http://www.easterseals.com/swohio
Empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to more fully live, learn, work, and play in our communities.

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