Disability Support: Information for Students

The staff of Disability Support Services can assist students in obtaining the following services:

  • Individual academic advising
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Support personnel (interpreters, readers, writers and notetakers)
  • Assistive technology
  • Alternate format for textbooks
  • Referrals to and liaison with campus and community resources
  • Referrals for LD/ADHD diagnosis

To qualify for services, students must self-identify to the DSS office and provide written documentation of their disability from a qualified professional or agency. This documentation should be done at least six weeks prior to the beginning of each semester so that accommodations can be in place when classes begin.
Approved accommodations are based on the written documentation received by the DSS office. Students who need classroom accommodations must register each semester with the DSS office. Instructor Notification Memos, which describe the student’s needed classroom accommodations, will be developed with the student’s written permission. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up and deliver the instructor memos. All accommodation should be discussed with each instructor.

The process of determining accommodations is interactive, taking into account the student’s disability, and the essential functions of the course/courses in which the student is enrolled.  It is important to note that OTC will not fundamentally alter programs in order to accommodate a student, neither does requesting an accommodation guarantee that the request will be granted.  Should a request for an accommodation be denied, alternative accommodations may be provided.


Differences Between High School & College

Below is a guide to understanding the differences between high school and college for students with disabilities. It provides information on the legal and academic differences for disabled students beginning their college careers.