All classes at WSU should be in accessible classrooms. If you have any concerns about the classroom contact the Office of Disability Services.
If the class is at a satellite campus and the student is unfamiliar with the site, the student should drive by the location before class begins. This will allow the student to become familiar with accessible parking and the location of classes. All classrooms at the West Campus, Harry Street Campus, Haysville Campus, and the Metropolitan Complex are accessible.
The Heskett Center is an accessible facility and is open to all students currently enrolled and for faculty and staff that pay a fee to use the facilities. If a person with a disability wishes to use the facilities and has difficulty with equipment or access, Heskett Center employees will work with the person to achieve accessibility. All students can arrange a tour of the facility by phoning (316) 978-3082 or by going to the reception desk in the Heskett Center lobby.
Students requesting accommodations for PE classes should approach the instructor of the course for information on requirements of the course. Once this is complete, the student needs to make a request for an accommodation from the instructor on how the course may be adapted. If the student and the instructor cannot come to an agreement or think of an appropriate accommodation, then a meeting with the student, instructor and the Director of ODS should be arranged. Students should begin this process as far in advance as possible to allow the instructor and WSU time to make course and classroom adjustments.
Auxiliary Aids / Adaptive Equipment
Aids/Equipment available for users of ODS:
- Digital audio recorders
- FM assistive listening device (Phonic Ear)
- Infrared assistive listening system
- Infrared receivers for use in main auditoriums
- Wireless microphones and receivers
- Wheelchairs for emergency or temporary usage
- Braille materials
- Large print materials
- Two visual techs (one in Ablah Library, room 323 and one in our office)
- Adaptive computer with screen reader, scanner, dictation software (in Ablah Library, room 323)
The student and ODS staff will initial an equipment check-out list and an equipment check-out agreement form. All equipment will be inspected by ODS staff before the student receives the equipment and when the student returns the equipment. Any damaged equipment will be sent to the Director's office. The Director will arrange a meeting with the student to determine what happened to the equipment. If it is determined the equipment was broken out of negligence, the student will be required to replace, repair or pay for the equipment. If the student is not found to be negligent, ODS will be responsible for replacing the equipment. Any equipment that is lost by a student, staff, or faculty member will be replaced by the person that checked out the equipment.
Any equipment checked out for use in the evening or for a Saturday class needs to be returned to ODS by 9 A.M. on the next day the office is open. Most equipment will only be checked out for a class or a meeting. If a student needs the equipment for the entire day, the student must let us know when checking out the equipment. If the student will need to use equipment on a regular basis during the semester, the student will need to place this information on a "Permanent Request for Service" form.
ODS has a limited amount of auxiliary equipment and we try to use it as efficiently as possible, therefore, we rarely check out equipment for the entire semester or for extended periods of time. If you believe your situation warrants having the equipment for extended periods of time, please talk with the Director. The time lines we have established work effectively for our office. Any exceptions to these time lines must be approved by the Director of ODS.
The Office of Disability Services can braille materials for students and will use the same schedule that is used by students requesting papers to be typed. Our braille embosser (printer) is compatible with Windows and Linux. We can use MS Word, plain text, or any file type that can be converted to plain text. The majority of document formatting is not preserved in the brailling process.
To ensure papers can be brailled as quickly as possible, please submit your documents through email, or bring them to the office on a CD or a flash drive in a format compatible with Word. Graphics work best in SVG format, but line drawings can be traced and saved in SVG files as needed. IF DS personnel must type the material or trace drawings on the computer before brailling, this will increase the time required to get the material back to students.
If the instructor is using printed handouts or overheads we can work with the instructor to get the materials brailled before they are used in the class. This can also present an opportunity to improve readability of presentation materials for all students.
If a student will need brailling services, the student should make sure this is discussed when their intake is completed for the semester. If the student needs brailling once the semester has started they should schedule a meeting with the Director or Assistant Director to add this service for the semester.
The Office of Disability Services provides both golf cart and walking escort services on campus to individuals with mobility and vision impairments. Students, faculty, staff and guests are welcome to call our office at 316-978-3309 to schedule escorting services. ODS will provide the following escorting services to and from the following activities during our normal business hours:
- Classes from residence halls, bus stops, parking lots, and between classes.
- Class-related activities such as meeting with instructors, tutoring sessions, study groups, on-campus lectures, plays, concerts, library, or campus bookstore for purchase of books.
- WSU administrative functions such as meetings with deans/chairs/advising, add/drop classes, student organization meetings, orientation, and registration.
- Student Health Services.
Note-taking services are provided to any student who has registered with the Office of Disability Services, and has provided the documentation that supports this service. The note-taker coordinator will handle recruiting note-takers and collecting/forwarding all notes. The student note-taker will receive a stipend from ODS based on the service agreement they complete with ODS.
ODS will make copies of the note-taker’s notes, at no charge, in our office. With the increased use of laptops in classrooms, note-takers may also find it easier to simply email the notes to the note-taker coordinator for printing.
- If possible, take some notes for yourself during class. This will reinforce the notes you receive from your note-taker. If your instructor uses Blackboard for class notes and power point presentations, download a copy to have with you in class.
- Rewrite and organize your notes the same day as the class. This will help reinforce the material.
- Show the notes to your instructor to see if the quality of notes is sufficient for the class
If the student needs scanned books for class, we ask that the student first check with Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D). If the student is not a member of Learning Ally, ODS has the contact information and can help the student complete the application process. If a student cannot obtain the book from Learning Ally, ODS will provide the book in an alternative format for the student.
When the student requests a book be scanned by ODS, the student will need to provide the following information:
- Book title
- Course number
- Line number
- Name of instructor
- Voice Preferences
All requests should be submitted to Disability Services during the intake with the Director or the Assistant Director. This will allow ODS the time needed to process your request. Books will be completed in the order that requests are received.
- CD's will contain multiple chapters in word format.
- Each chapter will be a separate file.
- If a student needs materials in an MP3 format, each chapter will be a separate MP3 file.
- Students should meet and determine voice and speed of the MP3 format at the beginning of the semester.
- If CD's are not correct, students should contact ODS immediately.
- ODS will work to get materials to students as quickly as possible.
Tables and Chairs
If you are in need of an accessible table and/or chair in your classroom you must be registered with our office. If you are already registered and have done your semester intake with the Director or the Assistant Director, your request for the accessible table and chair should be noted on the semester service agreement. As a result, we will ensure your classes have an accessible table and chair. Occasionally, someone (not from our office) will move one of our tables and chairs to another room. If this happens, please inform us so we can remedy this situation as soon as possible.