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Office of Accessibility Services

Walsh University is committed to fostering an institutional climate in which qualified students with disabilities have full access to the academic environment. The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) allows students the opportunity for full participation in the Walsh Experience by providing reasonable, appropriate accommodations, as directed by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.

Housed in Farrell Hall Room 209 along with the Academic Support Center, the OAS verifies students' disability status and determines eligibility for specific accommodations. Academic accommodations, such as tape recorders, extended test time, and testing in a distraction-reduced space, are coordinated through this office, as are physical accommodations, including disability-appropriate housing, food modifications, and physical changes to classrooms or labs. Students must register with the Director of Accessibility Services in order to receive these services. Per federal law, the OAS can provide these accommodations only to students with qualified, verified disabilities and not to the general student population.

The Director of the OAS also serves as the Chairperson of Walsh's ADA Committee and thus works with Human Resources and the Dean of Academic Services to be the University's point-person on matters pertaining to legal accommodations for students, faculty, and staff.

How to Register with the Office of Accessibility Services

1. Submit a completed Request for Accommodations Form

  • Forms can be obtained in the Academic Support Center, located in Farrell Hall 209, or by clicking the link above.
  • Completed forms include the type of disability and the specific accommodations desired. The accommodations requested must be appropriate to the specific disability and be offered by the University.

2. Submit current documentation of a disability completed by a qualified professional

  • Students are encouraged to submit documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services prior to enrollment, but documentation can be submitted at any time.
  • Submit documentation directly to the Director of Accessibility Services, Meredith Soduk, in Farrell Hall 209. Documentation can be dropped off in person, emailed to msoduk@walsh.edu, or faxed to (330) 490-7272.

3. Schedule an intake meeting with the Director of Accessibility Services

  • Schedule an intake meeting once you have completed the Request for Accommodations Form and submitted current disability-related documentation.
  • During this meeting, you will discuss:
    • Eligible services based upon documentation and disability-related needs
    • Policies and procedures for utilizing and coordinating accommodations
    Any other questions/concerns you may have
  • You are welcome to bring a support person (parent/guardian, spouse, case manager) to this meeting.

Please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for more information, (330) 490-7529. Additional documentation guidelines and OAS policies are available in the links below.