The Office of Student Life’s Disability Services (SLDS) collaborates with the university community to create accessible educational environments for students with disabilities. Creating access is not just the responsibility of SLDS. Rather, creating access is a shared responsibility--and valuable opportunity-- for the entire university community.
Access matters, because:
- Students with disabilities make up an important cross-section of Ohio State, appx. 11% of the college student population (source).
- By working together, we can eliminate barriers and provide equitable educational experiences for students with disabilities.
- By providing access, we allow students to learn and be evaluated fairly, based on their merits (not based on their disabilities or barriers).
- By eliminating barriers, we create pathways for students with disabilities to achieve their full potential, leading to higher retention, graduation, and employment rates.
To learn more, we recommend starting with our Quick Reference Guide series.