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Accessibility Services

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The Office of Academic (OAS) and Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is located in Founders Hall A104 and provides assistance to students with varying degrees and types of disabilities in order to maximize educational opportunity and academic potential.

Disabilities that qualify for services include, but are not limited to:

  • visual, hearing and speech impairments

  • specific learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD/SLD

  • chronic health disorders

  • psychological disabilities

  • physiological disorders

  • temporary disabilities

Accommodations are based upon appropriate medical, psychological and/or educational documentation provided by the student.  New students should advocate to the OAS at least four to six weeks prior to the beginning of a semester so there is time to arrange appropriate accommodations.  Students are required to provide current documentation from appropriately licensed professionals and recent high school graduates will be asked to provide up-to-date copies of their IEP/SOP and MFE---Multi-factored Evaluation---which includes a full-scale IQ and cognitive score reports.  At a minimum, transfer students will be asked to provide current documentation from the institution they are leaving.

Please note that there are differences in services provided by high schools and colleges, and collegiate academic departments cannot modify, waive, or change requirements that would fundamentally alter the integrity of their programs.  High schools follow the law as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) while the applicable law for colleges is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Follow this link to explore the comparisons between IDEA and Section 504 & 508 of the ADA Rehabilitation Act or check out the SAS Handbook at the link below.

The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that students must advocate (self-identify) for themselves, not through their parents or any other agent! For more specific information about SAS at Kent State University's Regional Campuses, view the SAS Handbook now.

SAS supports students in their right to file a grievance when he/she believes they have been denies equal access or have experienced discriminatory harassment as defined in the University's nondiscrimination policies, Ohio Revised Code 4112, Sections 501 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Complaints related to a student's disability should be immediately brought to the attention of SAS staff.  The SAS Office will serve as the University's primary point of contact in initially reviewing student disability related matters.  Review a copy of the Grievance Procedure.

Some of the services we offer are listed below:
  • parking
  • priority class registration
  • scribe/writer referral
  • coordination of sign language interpreters
  • note-taker referral and coordination
  • on-campus assistive equipment
  • liaison with state and vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • test taking which may include additional time as well as a quiet environment
  • consultation regarding issues of disability for faculty, staff and students
The facilities of Kent State Tuscarawas are accessible to persons with disabilities. Handicapped parking is available in Lots A and C of Founders Hall, and also near the main entrance to the Science and Advanced Technology Center. A TTY phone connection for persons who are hearing impaired is available in the library during regular business hours. The telephone number is 330-339-7888.

If accommodations are requested for special events or meetings, please give advance notice by contacting the main office at 330-339-3391. For questions about student accessibility services, please contact the OAS by phone at 330-308-7447 or by email to tuscsas@kent.edu.

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