Invisible, Temporary and Permanent Disability Services

Monica Solis KTSW News While the struggle of self-identity is not uncommon amongst individuals, many struggle with a different sense of identity – the label of disability. Office of Disability Service director, Clint-Michael Reneau, said students are often nervous about approaching ODS simply because of the self-consciousness often attached to that label. “There’s some issues or stigmatization that go with that and that ends up hindering students because they don’t seek the appropriate accommodations that are necessary.” -Reneau Reneau said his office worked on accommodations for approximately two-thousand students last Fall, working with those who had either physical, cognitive or … Continue reading Invisible, Temporary and Permanent Disability Services

ODS Overcoming Obstacles

Colin Ashby KTSW News Texas State’s Office of Disability Services is a known aid in giving a various degree of resources like sign language interpreters, audio formatted textbooks, and note-taking paper. Another resource, less known, that is available to students with disabilities are university professors. Professors at Texas State go about teaching in different ways. English Department Senior Lecturer, Sue Beebe, thinks having not only ODS students, but a diverse group of students in class, helps her teaching style. According to Beebe, when it comes to teaching effectively to a student needing special accommodations, they are able to experiment with … Continue reading ODS Overcoming Obstacles

What is the ODS

Andrea Rodriguez KTSW News The Office of Disability Service serves students with a number of disabilities including: learning disabilities, all types of physical disabilities, chronic health issues, students who are deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairment, attention deficit disorder, and that’s not exhausted list by any means. According to Texas State University’s Office of Disability Services mission, their goal is to “ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all university programs and activities.” In order to accomplish this mission they provide different types of services that accommodates each individual student’s disability need.  General Disability Specialist, Bruce Coonce, … Continue reading What is the ODS

Disabling the Disabled

Aaron Lugo KTSW News According to Art Junior Cat Cassidy, this semester, there have been some changes in the leadership of the Office of Disability Services, particularly in the way the interpreter services are run for deaf students like Cassidy. Up until this semester, the sign language interpreters have been coordinated by Linda Lovelace. This semester, the university has hired Dawne McDougall as the assistant director of disability services. For Cassidy, this change has not been a easy one, who communicates through an interpreter during her classes and daily activities. “Having an interpreter here, she’s the bridge between the two … Continue reading Disabling the Disabled