Office for Students with Disabilities

Office for Students with Disabilities
Dr. Patricia Tesar, Director
Jordan Student Academic Center, Room 1220

Web:  OSWD   Email:oswd@gallaudet.edu

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) provides individually tailored, comprehensive support services and programs for students with disabilities. OSWD empowers eligible students to succeed in their pursuit of higher education by striving to assure equal opportunity and access to curricular and extra-curricular activities. Faculty and staff, administrators, alumni, paraprofessionals, and parents and families also benefit from services and programs. Programs and services that are offered by OSWD include: adaptive technology assessment and training, braille/large print and e-books, specialized testing, note taking, interpreting services for low vision and deaf-blind students, faculty consultation, scholarships, public service and outreach, support groups and advisory boards, advocacy training, individualized support service plan development, Faculty Contact Forms, support service counseling, use of study lab, orientation and mobility assessment and training, reader/scribe services, and accessibility consultation.

Information and referral services offer assistance in personal attendant care, wheelchair repair, Seeing Eye dog training, psycho-educational and psychological evaluations, tutoring, mental health care, medical services, and legal advice. Students who use OSWD services are protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which include confidential treatment of disability related information and records.