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.

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Location: Room 129, Main Building (Clifton Campus)

Office Hours:
Monday & Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 the ODS Director 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:

Requesting and receiving disability accommodations (a brief overview)

  • Student submits documentation of their disability to the Office of Disability Services (ODS).
  • Student has an intake interview with the ODS Director to establish accommodations. The ODS Director may discuss accommodations with faculty members prior to approval.
  • The accommodations letter packet is printed.
  • The student signs the accommodation letters and takes them to instructors to discuss accommodations and get instructor signatures. The instructor, student, and ODS Office keep a copy of the accommodation letter.
  • If an instructor receiving the accommodation letter feels the requested accommodations may compromise essential functions of the course, the instructor should contact the chair of the program/department, who will discuss concerns with the ODS Director.

Typical accommodations include:

  • Extended time to take tests or quizzes.
  • Quiet environment for tests or quizzes - The student takes their test in the Disability Services office or another distraction-free environment that the instructor proctors.
  • Note taker - A student in a class volunteers to take notes for the student with a disability.
  • Livescribe - A student uses a special pen with a built-in recorder that can replay specific points in the lecture on demand. The Livescribe automatically converts voice to text when saved.
  • Mini Tape Recorder is used to allow the student to record lecture material.
     
Guidelines: Providing Extended Time for Tests/Quizzes and Providing a Note Taker
 

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