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Disability Accommodation at OSU-Cascades


Whether it is in or out of the classroom, OSU-Cascades is committed to  accommodating students with disabilities. These students are included in all learning opportunities, both on campus and online. The university’s Disability Access Services (DAS) program provides representatives who are available to assist students with disabilities. Accommodations range from specialized transportation for students who need mobility assistance to interpreter services for students with hearing loss.

Diane Pritchard, representative for DAS at OSU-Cascades, gives information to students and helps contact the main campus to review the students’ needs.

“It’s all computer processed so the student confidentiality is kept,” Pritchard said.

She added that the campus has a testing room for the students that have testing problems.

Students must have medical documentation of their disability in order to receive accommodations from DAS. It takes about 2–4 weeks for the application to be processed at the main campus, then the information is held in a database.

Nicholas Dahl, instructor of communication, said, “When it comes to disability access, quality of service and equal accommodations, we want the best for our students. That’s what’s important and that’s why we pay so much attention to it.”

DAS is committed to making sure students have the best chance to succeed in all of their classes. Alternative testing, note taking, accessible classrooms, assistive technology and priority registration are only a few of the services available. The DAS office, located in the Cascades Hall building, provides pamphlets that describe all available accommodations. DAS also gives opportunities to students who would like to earn extra money. Students who are qualified and available may help take notes and assist other students.

To make an appointment with Diane Pritchard, call 541-322-2023, or email her at [email protected].

For additional information on DAS visit, or email [email protected], or call 541-737-4098.


Kali Chapin | The Broadside
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