Wheelchairs are considered personally owned items. OSWD students who use powered wheelchairs on campus are responsible for their care and maintenance. OSWD strongly advises students using powered wheelchairs to keep in their dorm a battery charger, a back-up battery, and a manual wheelchair in case their powered equipment fails.

Students who experience a wheelchair breakdown while traveling on campus should contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for assistance. DPS staff can gain access to the student's dorm room and the student's back-up equipment to help get the student mobile again.

OSWD does not provide loaner wheelchairs or batteries for wheelchairs, nor does OSWD repair wheelchairs. However, OSWD does maintain a referral list of companies throughout the DC Metro area that may be helpful for assistance with wheelchair rentals, repairs, and replacements.