Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Veteran Students

Welcome, Ohio State Student Veterans!  Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) is proud to serve you and would like to assist in making your transition or return to college education as smooth as possible. The SLDS Veteran Student’s Resources Page is designed to provide student veterans access to various information and resources available in the OSU community and beyond.

Click the links below to navigate this page:

Services Offered

1. Exam Accommodations

SLDS collaborates with students and their professors to provide approved exam accommodations that ensure equal access. Exam accommodations can include (but are not limited to):

  • Extended time -Time and one half (50% extra time)
  • Double time (100% extra time)
  • Distraction-reduced space
  • Assistive Technology
  • Closed-circuit television
  • Screen-enlargement software
  • Voice-recognition software
  • Screen-reading software
  • Electronic formats
  • Word processing
  • Adjustable tables
  • Reader and/or Scribe
  • Enlarged print

2. Accessible Media

SLDS provides authorized students with Accessible Media, the term applied to course materials converted to an accessible format. The office can convert textbooks, electronic documents, exams and other print materials into the following formats:

  • PDF with Text
  • RTF (Rich Text Format)            
  • DOC (Word Document)
  • MP3 (Audio Format)
  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System)
  • Audible Mathematics
  • Paper Enlargements  
  • Braille (6-month advance notice requested)
  • Tactile or Raised-Line Images

3. Sign Langugae Interpreting/Transcribing Services

SLDS coordinates interpreting and/or transcribing services for D/deaf or hard-of-hearing students registered with the office. Sign-language interpreting and transcribing services are available for classroom and lab requirements, academic-related activities, and university events. Additionally, SLDS provides captioning services for online courses, including videos and audio-enabled PowerPoint presentations.

4. Assistive Technology

SLDS houses the Assistive Technology Training Center (ATTC), a computer lab designed to provide access to the latest in Assistive Technology (AT) software and hardware. The coordinator for this department can provide individualized trainings and technical assistance. Additionally, the ATTC offers a distraction-reduced environment for all SLDS students. The ATTC also features the following:

  • Scan-to-Speech, Text-to-Speech, and Speech-to-Text software that utilize bi-modal output via computer-generated voice
  • Word-prediction software
  • Screen-reader software
  • Screen-enlargement software
  • CCTV and portable, text-magnification systems
  • Printer access for note-takers
  • Large and flat-screen monitors
  • Refreshable Braille displays
  • Adaptive mice and keyboards
  • Alternative navigation programs
  • Adjustable tables

5. Note-Taking Accommodations

DS coordinates note-taking services for authorized students. Notes can be obtained in two basic formats:

  • A volunteer classmate may provide a supplemental summary of class content either as an email attachment, a photo, or a carbon copy.
  • The DS student may audio record the class.

6. Accommodations Consultation and Advocacy Services

In addition to assisting students with academic services and accommodations, SLDS Access Specialists are available to meet with them weekly or as needed. The student’s Access Specialist can assist in enhancing study strategies and time-management and self- advocacy skills.

  • Career Services - SLDS provides career resources and information regarding disability disclosure, campus career information, and job and internship opportunities. Access Specialists can assist students in finding the appropriate resources to ease the transition from their education to their career.
  • Student Groups - The Ohio State University offers a variety of student organizations. SLDS encourages all Ohio State students to be knowledgeable about and feel comfortable participating in the wide array of activities.

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Eligibility for Services

In order to receive services students must demonstrate the need for services based on a qualifying condition that adversely affects their academic success. Some of the commonly seen examples of a qualifying condition include (but are not limited to):

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Concentration/processing challenges
  • Learning disabilities
  • Hard of hearing/Deaf
  • Low vision/Blind
  • Prosthetics
  • Wheelchair use
  • Assistive walking device user
  • Paraplegic/Quadriplegic
  • Substance Use/Abuse Recovery
  • Other physical/mental conditions that adversely affect academics 

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Registration for Services

In order to receive services from SLDS, you must provide documentation of your qualifying condition from an appropriate professional. Student veterans who have documentation on file with the VA are encouraged to contact Angie Abel, OSU VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, at Angela.Abel@va.gov. Angela can help verify your conditions with the VA and provide documentation to our office in a timely manner. We also can accept paperwork that discloses the diagnosis, such any DD Form, diagnostic exam, or evaluation. The requirements for documentation can be viewed at the following PDF link: Disability Verification Form.

Once SLDS has the appropriate paperwork and the student is approved for services, the student will work one-on-one with the veteran specific Access Specialist. The veteran specific Access Specialist is versed in dealing with military related conditions and works closely with the Student Veteran Advocate.  

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Student Veteran Advocate

SLDS proudly supports the Student Veteran Advocate Program. The office has a student veteran advocate who works closely with the staff as a liaison to the veteran community. The Veteran Advocate is available to all student veterans who may want assistance in navigating the various services offered. If you would like to speak to the Student Veteran Advocate about SLDS related services/eligibility or would like assistance with the registration process please contact slds-veterans@osu.edu.

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Disclaimer

REGISTRATION AND SERVICES ARE CONFIDENTIAL. Receiving SLDS services in NO way impacts VA benefits or a VA Disability Rating. At no point is personal medical information shared with other faculty or staff.

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Contact Us

We understand the difficulties and frustrations that can be encountered when getting required paperwork from appropriate medical providers. If you have trouble obtaining any documentation, please contact us so that we may be able to assist you in the process. The office contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

You can contact Adam Crawford, Access Specialist for Student Veterans, who is available to discuss the referral process, service options, and provide assistance with registering for services. Adam can be contacted at crawford.843@osu.edu.

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Additional Resources

Please click the following link to be re-directed to the Additional Resources page: Student Veteran Resources

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