Our Mission

Disability Access Services (DAS) facilitates access to University programs and services for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation, and advocacy.

  • Provide effective accommodations for students with disabilities based on law and current best practices.
  • Educate the campus community about disability issues.
  • Positively influence decision-making and practices to include Universal Design principles. (Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design).
  • Promote self-determination for individuals with disabilities.

Working in DAS – What are the Benefits?

Student employees within Disability Access Services will be able to articulate the policies of DAS for student employees and demonstrate the skills necessary for their position(s) (i.e: assisting at the front desk, Notetaking, Alternative Testing, Alternative Formats, and/or Captioning) in DAS. Based on the results of student employee exit interviews, employees are reporting a significantly higher level of learning on the domains created by the Student Affairs Assessment Council than when first measured in 2003. A full report can be viewed on the Assessment Plan/Report for 2012-13. 


  • Student Employee Exit Interview Comparison
  • Student Employee Assessment Result
Program Highlights
  • Implemented a Real Time Visibility Solution using AeroScout hardware/software to track accessible furniture and improve the student experience utilizing ADA compliant furniture as an accommodation at Oregon State University. The RLTS tracks furniture using AeroScout's Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tags and our wireless network. We are currently tracking over 450 assets in over 400 different classrooms. 
  • Implemented the ADA Parking Monitoring System to increase utilization and improve monitoring of ADA parking on campus. For this project, small sensors will be installed in a selection of ADA parking spaces on campus. The sensors will be connected to a network of repeaters which allows real time monitoring and data collection. The utilization data gathered will assist OSU's Transportation and Parking Services and DAS to develop programs and report on ADA parking utilization. The network system also has a smart phone and iPad app that will show real time ADA parking availability to students, visitors, faculty, and staff. This project is a pilot project and will only cover a subset of ADA parking on campus, but if it is successful, it may be expanded to cover all ADA parking on campus in the future. 
  • DAS collaborated with OSU Valley Library and Sorenson VRI to provide free remote relay service and hardware for deaf and hard of hearing students or staff. OSU Valley Library was generous in providing location and resources (i.e. internet access) for this service. 
  • DAS Testing Center has been consolidated and relocated to Heckart Lodge in January 2012. In this facility allows DAS to administer more than 3000 exams last years. 

A survey of faculty was completed in Spring 2012; based on faculty requests, the results will be used to create an online, self-paced tutorial for faculty. 


Number of Accommodation Requests:

Description FY 2012 2012 vs. 2010 FY2011 FY2010
Total Accommodation Requests 4865 49.78% 3900 3248
Number of Classes with Accommodations 2928 40.84% 2446 2079
Alternative Formats - Total Requests 889 29.97% 822 684
Alternative Formats - Number of Classes 766 29.17% 703 593
Alternative Testing - Total Exam Requests 3333 40.69% 2572 2369
Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Total Requests 215 7.50% 211 200
Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Video Processed (Minutes) 7769 157.08% 3022 N/A
Notetaking Services - Total Requests 2487 38.78% 2017 1792
Notetaking Services - Number of Classes 1272 15.85% 1192 1098
Notetaking Services - Number Invoices Generated 975 25.97% 855 774
  • Number of Students (2007 - 2012) - In fiscal year 2007, 597 students were served by Disability Access Services. In 2008, 636 students were received services. In 2009, 609 students were served. In 2010, 646 students were served, and in 2011, 739 students received services from D.A.S. In 20212, D.A.S. provided services for 780 students.
  • Number of Accommodation Requests (2007 - 2012) - In fiscal year 2007, 2,883 accomidations were requested by OSU students. There were 2,888 accommodation requests in 2008, and 2,869 in 2009. In 2010, accommodation requests fose to 3,248 and then 3,900 in 2011. In 2012, OSU Disability Access Services recieved 4,865 requests for accommodations.