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 to college as smooth as possible. 

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Confidentiality

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. Your registration status is only shared with faculty/staff on a need-to-know basis.

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Services Offered

SLDS provides a range of services to students, based on the impacts of their qualifying conditions:

  1. Exam Accommodations (e.g. extended time; distraction-reduced testing space)
  2. Note-Taking Assistance (e.g. copy of classmate's notes; audio record lectures; note-taking apps)
  3. Attendance and Deadline Modifications (e.g. flexibility with number of excused absences; deadline extensions)
  4. Assistive Technology (e.g. text-to-speech software; screen-reading technology)
  5. Accessible Media (e.g. digital textbooks, captioned videos)
  6. Sign Langauge Interpreting / Transcribing
  7. Accommodations Consultation and Advocacy
  8. Housing/Dining Accommodations
  9. Disability Parking / Adaptive Transportation
  10. Other Services (e.g. lab assistants; course substitutions)

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Eligibility for Services

In order to receive services, students must provide documentation of a qualifying condition. Some qualifying conditions include (but are not limited to):

  • Mental health conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Chronic health conditions (e.g. tinnitus, cancer, diabetes, Crohn's Disease, epilepsy)
  • Learning disabilities (e.g. dyscalculia, dyslexia)
  • Temporary injuries (e.g. broken arm/leg, concussion, surgery recovery)
  • Sensory disabilities (e.g. Blind/low vision; D/deaf or Hard of Hearing)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Mobility conditions (e.g. Cerebral Palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia)
  • Pregnancy-related medical complications

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Registration Process

Below is a summary of our registration process. For details, visit our Registration Process page.

NOTE: Students who have readily observable disabilities (e.g. wheelchair user, white cane user, temporary injury) do not need to submit documentation. Instead, we ask that you contact the office at 614-292-3307, or stop by the office during walk-in hours, to schedule a Welcome Meeting.

1. Submit documentation of your qualifying conditions to our office.

  • Student veterans whose medical conditions are on file with the VA are encouraged to contact Angela Abel, OSU VetSuccess on Campus Counselor. Angela can help verify your conditions on file with the VA and provide documentation to our office in an expedited manner.
  • Alternatively, you are welcome to submit your own documentation (e.g. Disability Verification Form; letter from doctor)
  • You can submit documentation via fax (614-292-4190), email (slds@osu.edu), or in-person delivery.

2. If approved, you will receive an email to your OSU inbox instructing you to schedule a Welcome Meeting with your assigned Access Specialist.

If not approved, the email will provide instructions for how to provide sufficient documentation. Typically, these emails are sent within three business days of documentation receipt.

3. Schedule and attend your Welcome Meeting.

During the Welcome Meeting, you and the Access Specialist will discuss accommodations that would work best for you, and how to set up those accommodations. You are not considered fully registered with the office until after you've completed your Welcome Meeting.

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Student Veteran Advocate

SLDS’s Student Veteran Advocate (Mike Hillyer) is available to all student veterans who have questions about the office or would like assistance in getting registered. You can contact Mike at slds-veterans@osu.edu.

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Contact Us

Adam Crawford, Access Specialist for Student Veterans:  crawford.843@osu.edu.

Mike Hillyer, Student Veteran Advocate: slds-veterans@osu.edu

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098 Baker Hall, 113 W. 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-3307 | Fax: 614-292-4190 | VRS: 614-429-1334 | General Questions: slds@osu.edu | Exam/Quiz Accommodations: slds-exam@osu.edu
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