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OSD Services


Academic Aide System:  The academic aide system is designed to help with the mechanics of school work.  The academic aide is a reader and/or writer for students who cannot complete these activities independently.  An academic aide can also provide library assistance.

Assistive Technology Center (ATC):  The ATC works with any device or technique which can be used by a person with a disability to minimize the cognitive, sensory, motor, and/or linguistic limitations that a disability might otherwise impose. A broad range of services must be provided to enable individuals with severe disabilities to function in school, home and the workplace.  Some of the services provided are:  Wheelchair Evaluations/Adaptations, Physical Mobility/Life Skills, Alternative Access/Computer Evaluations, Home/Work-Site Evaluations, and School/Work Transition. 

Attendant Care ProgramThe Attendant Care Program trains and employs attendants who assist students with grooming, bowel and bladder routines, showering, dressing, room cleaning, and other activities of daily living.  These services are coordinated by a full-time registered nurse. 

Learning Disability Support Services:  Support services are offered at three levels for students with learning disabilities. Services for the two higher levels include supervised study sessions with a trained peer mentor and writing specialist assistance.  The lowest level provides the basic services of assistance in arranging academic accommodations including alternate test arrangements, priority scheduling for classes, consultation with staff, and textbooks in alternative format. These basic services are also included in the higher levels. 

Life Skills Center and Occupational Therapy:  The Life Skills Center is an intermediate step designed to "bridge the gap" between home, residence life, and off-campus apartment life.  This center employs a self-directed approach to gain the information, skills, confidence, and responsibility to make the transition to independent, self-directed living.

Tactile Laboratory:  The Tactile Laboratory was designed to meet the needs of students with blindness or visual impairments.  The tactile laboratory is utilized to develop educational materials in tactile, audible and enlarged form for both students and faculty.

Van Transportation:  The University owns and maintains a fleet of lift equipped vans.  These vans are used to transport students from their residence halls to their classrooms on a daily basis.  Also, van service may be requested for medical appointments, internships, and other transportation needs. 

Wheelchair Maintenance:  The O.S.D. maintains a Wheelchair Repair Room which employs personnel trained in repairing electric and manual wheelchairs.  An inventory of wheelchair parts and supplies are in stock to minimize "down-time" of the students' wheelchairs. This is located in the basement of Rose Hall.