Disability Services

The Office for Disability Services provides confidential support services, auxiliary aids and accommodations for students with disabilities that allow them to gain equal access to education. This office is a part of The Ohio State University system, and, is therefore an extension of the Columbus Office of Disability Services.

Eligibility for Services
To initiate services, documentation of one of the following disabilities must be provided to the Office of Disability Services:

  • Visual Impairment—A copy of a recent eye examination, which should include diagnosis and a copy of a recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP), if available.
  • Mobility Impairment Diagnosis—must include a description of functional limitations, and a record of medications used, prescribed dosage, and any side effects experienced.
  • Hearing Impairment—A copy of a recent audiological examination, which should include a diagnosis with etiology, degree, type, and configuration of loss, as well as a copy of a recent IEP, if available.
  • Psychiatric Disability—A current letter from a psychologist or psychiatrist stating the diagnosis, characteristics of the disability, and medication.
  • Learning Disability—A copy of a recent IEP or Multi-Factor Evaluation (MFE) and results of last psycho-educational test battery.
  • Chronic Illness—A letter from a physician stating the diagnosis and impact of the disability, including any limitations and medication.
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder—A copy of a recent diagnostic report which states the DSM diagnosis; symptoms; instruments and procedures used to make the diagnosis; and the dosage, type, and frequency of your current medication.
  • Other—Students with other types of disabilities should consult with the Office of Disability Services staff to determine the documentation needed. The intent of the documentation is to ensure that those with legitimate disabilities receive services appropriate for the characteristics of the disability. Student Services

Services provided:

  • Exam accommodations
  • Specialized adapted equipment and technical assistance
  • Disability counseling and advocacy
  • Priority scheduling
  • Support groups
  • Learning strategies workshops
  • Peer tutoring
  • Taped textbooks
  • Computer learning center
  • Notetakers or access to class notes
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Diagnostic testing for learning disabilities
  • Personal counseling ß
  • Quiet study space for exams
  • Readers and/or scribes for exams
  • Computers for essay exams
  • Taping of textbooks not available through RFB&D
  • Disability parking permits
  • Specialized adapted equipment and software ß
  • CCTV system
  • Phonic Ear FM systems (assisted amplification device) available for loan
  • Access to TTY equipment

Accommodations and Services available in Columbus

Students are able to access a variety of services on the Marion campus. As an Ohio State University student, you also have access to services available on the Columbus campus. Students are responsible for requesting most accommodations in a timely manner and to follow ODS policies and procedures for accessing accommodations as outlined in the Office of Disability Services Student handbook >>

Faculty Services
The Office of Disability Services seeks to help faculty members better understand the needs of students with disabilities and provide information on the various aids and services offered by ODS. Resources to assist you with preparing to teach students with disabilities >>

The Office of Disability Staff members are knowledgeable, experienced and able to assist students with academic adjustment, learning strategies, advocacy skills and transition from high school to college and into employment.

Staff members are involved in a variety of additional activities. At times they serve as advocates for students to ensure access to appropriate accommodations. In addition, they act as consultants to faculty and staff on disability-related issues. Our staff also provides in-service training for the campus community and members of the greater Marion and surrounding communities.

Margaret Hazelett
Room 128 - Maynard Hall
Phone: (740) 725-6247
E-mail: marionds@osu.edu