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Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities, known as “OSWD,” is here to provide qualified students with disabilities the support they need to succeed through equal access to education and academic activities.
To do this, we approve reasonable accommodations, provide services, and create a welcoming and productive experience that reflects a barrier-free environment, guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Students who wish to make use of disability-support services from OSWD must first self-disclose to OSWD the need for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services, completing the intake process to establish eligibility for particular accommodations and services. In order for a student's disability to be...
OSWD staff can help students in all of the following: Review disability, health, or psychological assessments to determine appropriate academic adjustments Assist students in determining which adjustments they need to access Gallaudet programs Help students learn to use academic adjustments successfully Support the implementation of...
OSWD provides the following services to students and faculty. Intake Process and Eligibility Review: students submit info & medical documentation Adaptive Technology: equipment, furniture, or software that can improve access Auxiliary Aids: note takers, readers, scribes, and laboratory and library assistants Counseling Support: counselors assist...
OSWD recognizes that there are disability-related costs a student faces, above and beyond tuition, fees, room and board. OSWD students often have to deal with additional expenses not incurred by other students. They may include the cost of specialized adaptive equipment, expenses for personal use...
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available...
Fifty years ago, the US Congress passed The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and these words, from "Section 504", became federal law: No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States ... shall, solely by reason of ... disability, be denied the benefits of,...
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) recognizes that there are disability related costs above and beyond tuition, fees, room and board. OSWD students are often faced with additional expenses not incurred by other students. These may include, specialized adaptive equipment, expenses for personal use...
Disclosing a student's need for accommodation means disclosing personal information about the student, and OSWD can only do that with the student's explicit authorization. The confidentiality of disability-related information is protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities...
Gallaudet University OSWD Policy Guidelines: Accommodations for Distance Learners, for Students & Faculty (PDF) Winter-Storm Emergency Preparedness: Plans & Procedures, Gallaudet University/OSWD Policy Guidelines (PDF)
Use this online eSign form for automatic delivery, and e-mail your test separately to Contact here or deliver test to OSWD by hand, as soon as possible: Testing Services Request Form (eSign) This online eSign form will automatically deliver your evaluation form after you sign...
Request for OSWD Services, Part 1, Basic Information (PDF form) Request for OSWD Services, Part 2, Authorization to Share Information (PDF form) Request for OSWD Services, Part 3, Medical Information (PDF form) Request for OSWD Services, all 3 parts in one PDF (PDF form) Authorization...
Winter Storm Emergency Preparedness: Tips for Students" (PDF) Winter Storm Emergency Preparedness: Plans & Procedures; Gallaudet University/OSWD Policy Guidelines" (PDF)
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