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.
  • Provide education and consultation to the campus community about disability issues.
  • Positively influence decision-making and practices that promote inclusive and accessible programs and services for students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Oregon State University.
  • Promote and facilitate individual responsibility for requesting, using, amending, and canceling accommodations due to disability.

Working with DAS - Student Satisfaction Survey - In response to a student satisfaction survey conducted during Winter Term 2013, 88% of DAS students rated their overall satisfaction as "good" or better; 4% of students were "neither satisfied nor dissatisfied," and 8% of students expressed some level of dissatisfaction. In reading the students' comments, it is apparent that the percentage of satisfied students might actually be higher, given that several reasons for dissatisfaction were often identified as issues with faculty, rather than with the services of DAS.

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.
  • The pilot study of the use of TypeWell to support English comprehension in the classroom was concluded. A report will be submitted to the Vice Provost of Student Affairs during Fall Term 2013.
  • A DAS staff member was a co-presenter for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Assessment and Persistence conference in Denver, Colorado: Envisioning a Culture of Inquiry at Oregon State University.
  • DAS staff collaborated with students from Saudi Arabia who are members of a national organization called "Hand of Hope." The goal of the organization is to promote access for people with disabilities in other countries. Students stated that they believe OSU is a model for accommodating students with disabilities, and a staff member in DAS was filmed discussing services offered by DAS. The film will be used to educate people about disabilities in the students' home countries.
  • DAS coordinated with EntryPoint, the signature program of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology, and Disability, to recruit OSU students with disabilities studying science, engineering, mathematics, and computer science for paid summer internships with leading organizations. Two students were hired this year for internships with NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The student at the Langley Research Center worked with supersonic flight, and the student at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory worked with the Novel image processing technique. The numbers of students hired is notable when compared with other institutions (typically only one student is hired), and two years ago, the number hired was 5, which placed DAS among the top Entrypoint/AAAS recruiting sites in the country.

Two DAS staff members received Outstanding Services Awards for the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Jo Alexander
  • Jennifer Gossett
Ongoing Projects & Collaboration
  • DAS is collaborating with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to create an online training for faculty related to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.
  • DAS staff are collaborating with academic faculty to create a Disability Studies minor at OSU.
  • DAS staff collaborated with E-Campus and the School of Language, Culture, and Society to identify an instructor and provide support for an online American Sign Language (ASL) class. The class was so popular that ASL I and II will be offered on campus during Fall term, 2013. A Deaf Culture class is being developed, to be offered Spring term, 2014.
Description FY 2013 2013 vs. 2011 FY 2012 FY 2011
Total Accommodation Requests 5523 41.6% 4865 3900
Number of Classes with Accommodations 3312 35.4% 3928 2446
Alternative Formats - Total Requests 961 16.9% 889 822
Alternative Formats - Number of Classes 926 31.7% 766 703
Alternative Testing - Total Exam Requests 3779 46.9% 3333 2572
Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Total Requests 290 37.4% 215 211
Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Video Processed (Minutes) 7532 149.2% 7769 3022
Notetaking Services - Total Requests 2632 30.5% 2487 2017
Notetaking Services - Number of Classes 1748 46.6% 1272 1192
Notetaking Services - Number Invoices Generated 1238 44.8% 975 855
students-servedNumber of Students Served  accommodation-requestsNumber of Accommodation Requests
Statistic Highlights
  • 91.1% DAS Students with Good Standing 
  • 5,523 Number of Accommodation Requests
  • 936 Student with Disabilities Served in 2013
  • 54% Increase in Students Served (2009 vs 2013)
  • $185K Dollars Returned to Students

Website: http://ds.oregonstate.edu

Email: Disability.Services@oregonstate.edu