ODS Resources

Students

  • Disability Access Counselors – Students are assigned to work with an Access Counselor upon registration with our office.  These counselors work with students throughout their tenure at Syracuse University.  The services we provide include but are not limited to:
      • Development and implementation of a comprehensive ‘Disability Access Plan’
      • Acts as central point of contact for disability related issues
    • Liaison between students and faculty and/or staff as appropriate
    • Transition counseling, advocacy and support
    • Crisis referral & support
  • Disability Resource Portal – Centralized hub for consolidating and managing all aspects of the accommodation process.  Included in this new system will be an access portal for students and faculty to use.  This portal will provide a convenient and stress-free way for submitting requests, eliminate the back and forth between students, faculty and ODS staff and provide a platform for enhanced communication between all stakeholders
  • Accommodation Letter Renewal
    • Current ESF and SU Students can use the Academic Adjustment Letter Renewal request form as long as they have been recently seen by an ODS Counselor. By using the form, you will receive your accommodation letter electronically and you may not need to come into the office to meet with your counselor.
  • ADA Housing Request
  • Academic Support & Tutoring Program: (Located in Waverly Suite 220)
    • Tutor Coordinator – Dedicated to meeting with students to arrange in-house tutoring sessions in certain subject areas and coordination of tutoring through the Center for Academic Achievement (CLASS).  The coordinator also develops and oversees group exam reviews, and assistive technology training.
    • Professional Tutoring – ODS professional tutors or instructional assistants provide academic support with a focus on math and writing.
    • Guidance/Monitoring with organizational and time management strategies
    • Introduction to new note-taking, course reading, and study methods
    • Group and individual exam review sessions
    • Skills development workshops such as learning MS Word or Excel formatting features or how to use livescribe smart pens and scientific calculators etc.
    • Information and referrals to other on and off-campus resources
  • **New Fall 2019 – OnTrack at SU** – Enhanced academic support program for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities (LD).
    • OnTrack at SU is a fee-based program designed to meet the growing demand for individualized support among SU students diagnosed with ADHD and LD, and open the door for prospective students seeking that support in college. It will elevate the level of service options for ADHD and LD students at SU, aligning with the University’s commitment to meet the unique needs of today’s students.
    • The goal of this program will be to address both academic and social-emotional readiness. Students will meet regularly with a specially trained coach for monitoring or academic support, guidance in connecting with other university and community services, and counseling focused on building independence and executive function. The program will transition participants to standard University support systems by their second year, as they receive follow up support with “step down” services through the Office of Disability Services.
  • Service Coordination
    • Serve as a resource to internal SU divisions, offices, or outside community agencies, as needed.  This includes, but is not limited to, working directly with case managers who are/will be employed by the students, helping to navigate the delivery of services from a home environment to a university environment, etc.
    • Provide non-medical personal assistants to assist students with significant health, sensory and/or mobility-related disabilities to fully engage in all the university’s programs.  Services range from basic companion services such as class, meal, and event escort service, assistance with laundry and other non-medical needs, and to help with carrying books/backpacks, personal reader/scribe.
    • Coordinate Accessible Transportation – Access ‘Cuse, providing door-to-door or curb-to-curb accessible transportation for students with mobility-related needs.
  • Summer Programs
    • McLane Scholars – SummerStart – McLane Scholars are provided a full scholarship to attend the SU SummerStart program.  During the program scholars will:
      • Enroll in our 1-credit introductory seminar course (CAS.102.M911) designed to address both the academic and social-emotional aspects of University life. Take part in assistive technology training that is embedded in the seminar course.
      • Take part in social and academic programming offered throughout your tenure at Syracuse University.
    • Pre-Orientation Program- Access ‘Cuse, a pre-orientation program designed to address the unique transitional concerns of our students who are planning to seek disability-related accommodations while attending Syracuse University.
      • The goal of this program is to educate students about the differences between special education in high school and disability support in higher education. We review how they will access their accommodations while attending.  Students learn about the array of resources available, and most importantly, build a community of learners that is both empowering and positive.

Classroom academic adjustments such as interpretive services/CART for the deaf or HOH, preferred seating, arrangements for note takers and live scribe technology, adaptive tables and chairs, assisted listening devices, and other individualized academic adjustments deemed appropriate.

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