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OSU Policies

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Offices and Services

  • OSU resource OSU Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART): Reports of bias incidences may now be submitted by both victims and witnesses of hate or bias-related incidents. All memebers of the OSU community are encouraged to utilize the online service. After submission, BART will address incidents and make support services available as necessary.
  • OSU resourceThe Nisonger Center trains professionals for leadership positions in the field of disabilities; works with community services; conducts research and disseminates findings to individuals with disabilities, family members, professionals, and policy-makers.
  • OSU resource Office for Disability Services is the department to ensure that all students with disabilities can freely and actively participate in all facets of University life and are able to perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities.

  • Ohio Civil Rights Commission: The primary function of The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is to enforce state laws against discrimination. OCRC receives and investigates charges of discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit and higher education on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, ancestry or familial status.
  • State of Ohio ADA Guidance:
    On-line center for information about the Ohio Workforce Investment Act.
    On-line center for the Ohio Workforce Information Center
  • OSU resource The OSU Web Accessibility Center provides information on making web resources more accessible to persons with disabilities. It gives workshops, performs web site evaluations, and consults with members of the OSU community on developing and ensuring accessible online resources.

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Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

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Disability in the Workplace at OSU


  • OSU resourceThe OSU Reasonable Accommodation Request Process in PDF format.
  • OSU resourceWork Place Accommodation Fund. It is the policy of The Ohio State University that discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities is prohibited. Pursuant to Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the University provides equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities. In the context of employment, reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to a job, the work environment, or the way things are done that enables a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential job functions. You may also view this information on the Work Place Accommodation Fund (PDF Format) link.
  • Employment Practices under the ADA as Amended. PowerPoint presentation developed by L. Scott Lissner, 10/05/09.


  • Job Accomodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.


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How to Make Information Accessible

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) has a mission to serve as a resource to the education community by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace. This site serves as a gateway to information about technology and disability.

Guidelines for Planning Accessible Meetings and Events. How to minimize surprises by planning ahead to create accessible meetings and events.

OSU resource Guidelines for Creating Web Content Accessible to All [part of the Fast Facts for Faculty series]. Overviews essential elements for designing accessible web content. Includes information on the benefits of accessible design and How-to instructions for graphics and multimedia, layout and presentation, tables, frames, forms, and applets and scripts.

OSU resource Invite Participation: Model Statements about the availability of accommodations and assistance on how to use them.
Invite Participation (PDF Format).

OSU resource WebAIM: Online Course in Accessible Design [requires login] : The University's ADA Coordinator's Office and the College of Humanities' Humanities Information Systems Office have teamed up to provide a university wide access to a five week course in accessible web design. The course is available free to OSU faculty, staff and students (login required).

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Accessible Buildings, Areas, and OSU Transportation

OSU resource Campus Facilities Information:

  • Classroom Inventory: identifies the attributes of the various rooms on campus including accessibility for students and faculty with disabilities, technology provided, room size, etc.
  • Construction Awareness Information: Construction alerts shows the impact of current & future construction projects.
  • Wayfinding Map: More information will be available soon about the new wayfinding map currently under development.

OSU resourceEngineer's Office Building Design Standards of the Ohio State University
For Access issues go to Appendix, Part B: Requirements to Assure Access for Individuals with Disabilities [PDF]

OSU resourceHandivan - OSU's paratransit service: Handivan Service is an adapted transportation service provided for students, faculty, staff and visitors with temporary or permanent mobility impairments.

OSU ResourceDisability Parking Map: Map of locations of disability parking on the OSU Columbus campus. Once on http://osu.campusparc.com/, select "Maps" and then "ADA Accessible Parking Map".

OSU resourceTransportation and Parking Policies and parking decals for people with disabilities: An OSU disability permit is required to park in the general disability parking spaces on campus. For questions, call CampusParc customer service at 614-688-0000 or email: osuinfo@campusparc.com.

OSU resourceSchottenstein Center's Accessibility Information: An outline of services available at the Schottenstein Center:
or call Guest Services at Voice - 614-292-7469 or (614) 688-3939; TDD - (614) 688-8400; Fax - (614) 292-5067
or email: osuarena@osu.edu.

OSU resource Stadium Access: For questions regarding accessible ticket purchases or exchanges, seating, and parking at the OSU stadium or Ericka Hoon at hoon.6@osu.edu; 614-292-6103.

U.S Access Board: A Federal agency committed to Accessible Design for people with disabilities.

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Other Links and Resources

Department of Justice (DOJ) Guide on Accessible Meetings: In 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published new ADA guidance on conducting accessible and inclusive meetings. The 28-page guide, “Accessible Information Exchange:  Meeting on a Level Playing Field,” covers access to meeting sites as well as presentations, printed materials and other forms of communication. Information is provided on how to evaluate the accessibility of meeting rooms, parking, routes and entrances, and restrooms. This guidance also covers the layout of meeting spaces, accessible circulation and seating, provision of printed materials in accessible formats, and making audible communication accessible through assistive listening systems, real-time captioning, and sign language interpretation. The guide is available on the DOJ’s website.

AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability): AHEAD is a professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. As an international resource, AHEAD addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility to achieve universal access. [www.ahead.org]

Accredited Online Colleges developed by AccreditedOnlineColleges.org is a user-friendly guide that explores legal provisions as well as provides a comprehensive listing of scholarships and grants designed specifically to support people with disabilities higher education pursuits.

Disability Access Symbols: The twelve symbols may be used to promote and publicize accessibility of places, programs and other activities for people with various disabilities.
Symbols were developed by the Graphic Artists Guild.
Partial set of accessibility symbols (Word version).

Disability.gov: For information on US Federal Programs, Services and Resources to Employers, Americans with Disabilities and their families.

OSU resourceDiversity Page and Calendar: OSU's Diversity home page and calender with links to the OSU Diversity Action Plan & Affirmative Action Committee Report.

OSU resourceOSU Partnership Grant: Improving the Quality of Higher Education Programs for Students with Disabilities: Improving the Quality of Higher Education Programs for Students with Disabilities: Faculty, students, and administrators of The Ohio State University developed innovative, effective, and efficient teaching methods for students with disabilities through a Partnership Program involving the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly Faculty & TA Development), Nisonger Center, Office for Disability Services, and Technology Enhanced Learning & Research.

Fast Facts For Faculty: The Fast Facts for Faculty publications are information briefs designed to help college and university instructors improve the climate and quality of education for students with disabilities. The Fast Facts were developed based on recommendations from students and faculty with and without disabilities as well as contributions from national experts. It is important to remember that the recommendations included in the Fast Facts are not only helpful for students with disabilities, but are also good teaching practices that are useful for all students.

Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities
The Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities serves in an advisory capacity directly to the Governor and, as needed, to the General Assembly on issues related to the needs, problems and concerns of Ohioans with disabilities.

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Contact Information:
L. Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator

Address: ADA Coordinator's Office, The Ohio State University,
Ground Level; Hale Hall (formerly Enarson Hall)
154 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
(Voice) Phone: 614-292-6207
(TTY) 614-688-8605
(Fax) 614-688-3665
E-mail: ada-osu@osu.edu

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