A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
We make it easy for you to apply and enter here.
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Make lasting memories and grow in ways you never thought possible.
I. King Jordan Student Academic Center (JSAC), Room 1242
(202) 250-2612 (videophone)(202) 448-7065 (voice)(202) 651-5887 (fax)
Students should introduce themselves as an OSWD student to faculty during the first two weeks of the semester.
Faculty can encourage early disability disclosure by including OSWD's disability accommodations statement in their syllabus.
Students should meet their professors regularly, for help with schoolwork and advice.
Faculty are the students' greatest resource and should project an approachable demeanor.
Students are entitled to confidentiality at every turn, in front of peers and faculty both.
Faculty should never reveal a student's disability to anyone, at any time.
Students must provide OSWD with current documentation in order to receive accommodations.
Faculty should direct any students (those not currently registered with OSWD) to the OSWD office.
Students may be eligible for a range of academic accommodations.
Faculty, by law, must accommodate those students who are approved by OSWD.
Students, depending upon the nature of their disabilities, are often entitled to extended time.
Faculty should be aware that students are not entitled to unlimited time on exams.
Students, depending upon the nature of their disabilities, are often entitled to peer note taking.
Faculty should aid in the process by soliciting note takers early in the semester and referring them to OSWD.
Students with disabilities are guaranteed certain rights under federal law.
Faculty could become more familiar with regulations that affect people with disabilities.
Students should first try to solve conflicts with their professors themselves, before all else.
Faculty should contact OSWD if mediation assistance in resolving issues is needed or desired.
OSWD staff encourages its students to ask questions about disability support.
OSWD staff encourages faculty to contact them with questions and concerns.
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