Services for Students with Disabilities can provide assistance to disabled students in many different ways. Our staff has been trained to provide the most suitable accommodations for any given disability. Listed below are a few examples of how our program may assist you as a student with a disability:
Services for Students with Disabilities uses the latest in adaptive technology and assistive devices. We have a wide range of computer systems adapted to the specialized needs of people with visual impairments. For hearing impaired students, real-time captioning can be used right in the classroom.
Some methods used to adapt course curriculum include raised line drawings for graphs and figures and altering the location of lab equipment or classrooms for mobility impaired students.
Reading services are available for students who are visually impaired or who have a verified organic disfunction that has impaired their reading abilities. These services include recorded textbooks and course handouts and readers to help with tests (see below). When necessary, assistance is available for library research.
Certain disabilities, including visual impairments and some cognitive disorders, require special accommodations for course examinations. We are available to proctor tests in these special circumstances. Extended time and other accommodations are available for qualified individuals who are registered for our services. Students who are not registered with SSD with appropriate documentation on file may not be eligible for this service.
Deaf and otherwise hearing impaired students use interpreting services in the classroom and in curriculum related situations. We also offer real-time captioning services for certain students who do not use American Sign Language interpreters.
In certain situations, this office can help augment existing on-campus resources with additional tutoring, particularly in the area of math. Whenever possible, we recommend that students use the excellent tutoring programs available through Student Support Services.
Students are, in general, responsible for their own mobility needs (such as wheelchairs or motorized scooters); SSD can assist with instruction on accessible routes or alternate access during construction. When necessary, SSD may arrange to move a specific course to a more accessible location or assist with accessible seating. WSU has a limited shuttle system available to all students free of charge. Parking questions should be addressed to WSU Parking Services (801.626.6533).
Disabled students at WSU are eligible for special considerations during registration. Students who are registered with SSD are given priority during the registration process. This service is only available to students with documented disabilities who are registered with our program.
Cooperative Education Placement
SSD assists students with disabilities to gain full or part time cooperative education employment. These placements are closely coordinated with appropriate academic departments on campus enabling students to receive college credit for work performed. Currently there are limited opportunities for co-op placement; our staff is working hard to increase the availability of these opportunities.