Access and support services for success
The Office of Disability Services’ (ODS) primary mission is to ensure access for students with disabilities to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by Austin Peay State University.
Who is eligible for assistance?
A “person with a disability” is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she has a disability, has a record of a disability or is regarded as having a disability.
The following is a non-inclusive list of disabilities:
- Blind and/or visually impaired
- Deaf and/or hearing impaired
- Learning disabled/attention deficit disorder
- Mobility impaired
- Neurologically impaired
- Chronic health conditions
ODS coordinates reasonable accommodations, such as:
- Note-taking accommodations
- Testing accommodations (extended time/minimal distraction room)
- Interpreting/CART services
- Alternate format materials (text books in digital format)
- Assistive technology
- Preferential seating
- Special table/chair as needed
- Screen magnification
University and Community Awareness
The ODS sponsors disability awareness programs throughout the year in an effort to promote an inclusive community. Program information is available on the ODS website at: www.apsu.edu/disability/announcements.
The ODS utilizes volunteer note-takers to fill note-taking requests in classes. Check your APSU email to see if a note-taker is needed in one of your classes.
- Make a difference in the daily lives of students
- Earn up to 45 volunteer service hours in tandem with your academic course
- Promote student involvement on campus
- Helps improve your own note taking skills.
- Provides an excellent skill to add to your resume.
Alternative Format & Assistive Technology Orientation Program
The alternative format program provides books and materials in an alternative format such as eText, Daisy, MP3, Braille, tactile graphics and more. The assistive technology program offers individual and group orientation to the various assistive technology software and devices available through ODS and APSU.
The ODS serves as a liaison to areas such as:
- Academic Affairs
- Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services
- Office of the Registrar
- Student Counseling Services
- Student Health Services
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Adult, Nontraditional & Transfer Student Center
- Academic Support
- Military Student Center
- Vet Success on Campus
- Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)