Disability Services

Disability Services

​​​​Welcome to Student Life-Disability Services 

Student Life-Disability Services (SL-DS) is a support unit for students of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. SL-​DS provides FREE programs and services designed to help students have full access to college life.

All students are encouraged to contact SL-DS in the early stages of their college planning. Preadmission services include information about academic support services, specialized equipment, transition issues, admission requirements, and meetings with staff specialists.

Student Life-Disability Services is located in:

The John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
Room 226
1179 University Drive (mailing address)
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 364-9578
1-800-9NEWARK (Ohio)
(740) 364-9646 (FAX)
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At Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark we believe all students should have equal access to higher education and college life. Student Life-Disability Services (SL-DS) provides accommodations and support services for COTC and Ohio State Newark students. 

The mission of Student Life-Disability Services is threefold. We seek to ensure that all students with disabilities can freely and actively participate in all facets of college life. We provide and coordinate support services and programs to maximize educational potential and develop independence to the fullest extent possible. Finally, we strive to increase the level of awareness among all members of the campus community, so that students with disabilities are able to perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities. 

Our office arranges for reasonable accommodations and support services that are individualized and flexible. Disability Services creates opportunities for the same educational experiences, services, and enrichment to persons with disabilities that are offered to those who are not disabled.

​All students are encouraged to contact Student Life-Disability Services in the early stages of their college planning. Preadmission services include information about academic support services, specialized equipment, transition issues, admission requirements, and meetings with staff specialists. ​

Our Staff​

​Staff members at SL-DS are specialists in particular areas. You will meet with someone who is trained and knowledgeable, who will work with you on issues of academic accommodations, disability adjustment, learning strategies, advocacy skills, and transition. Staff members are involved in a variety of additional activities. At times they act as advocates for students to ensure access to appropriate accommodations or they may serve as consultants to faculty and staff on disability-related issues. They provide in-service training to the community as well as participate in various campus committees. The primary goal of each staff member, however, is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to our college and the education they seek.

Director, Student Life-Disability Services
Connie ​Zang

Interprets documentation for students to determine extent of functional limitations according to ADA-AA and 504 guidelines. Determines academic adjustments. Develops policy and procedure in accordance with federal and state regulations and state of the art practices. Serves as program and budget developer and manager of Perkins Grant. Designated 504 coordinator for both institutions; assures compliance and coordinates periodic review audits.

Access Specialist

Reviews and interprets documentation in accordance with ADA-AA and 504 of Rehabilitation Act to determine accommodations appropriate to functional limitations. Does student intakes and makes referrals to other departments and campus or community services as necessary. Collaborates with faculty to ensure that accommodation needs are met in the classroom. Assists with training students on adaptive technology.


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Verification Forms​

​Documentation Process and Recommendations:

Student Life-Disability Services (SL-DS) provides academic services and accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities.  The documentation provided regarding the disability diagnosis must demonstrate a disability covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA-AA) of 1990.  The ADA-AA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

SL-DS will review and consider all pieces of documentation submitted. Documentation will assist SL-DS​ in understanding how the disability impacts the student in an academic setting and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and each piece of documentation is handled on a case-to-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process.

Once documentation is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of any accommodation related needs. The student will be contacted by phone or an email to their COTC campus email address once the documentation has been reviewed. Upon receipt of documentationl the student is required to meet with a specialist for an intake appointment to be considered fully registered with the office. If you would like to discuss the documentation review process, it is possible to directly speak with an SL-DS specialist so your questions and concerns can be addressed.

There are multiple ways to provide SL-DS with documentation of your disability. This documentation should be completed or provided from a treating or diagnosing healthcare professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, social worker, medical doctor, optometrists, speech-language pathologists, etc.).  The various methods are explained below:

​A full detailed evaluation or diagnostic report would provide the richest information to determine the best possible accommodations and supports.

  • A report that provides proof of prior accommodations.
    • Individualized Education Plan/ 504 Plan/ Evaluation Team Report
    • Documentation that illustrates past use of postsecondary accommodations
  • SL-DS has provided a “Disability Verification Form​” that can be completed by the healthcare professional.
  • A healthcare professional can submit a letter of their own. Please provide the following information to SL-DS on letterhead with the date and signature:
    • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability (with the date of diagnosis)
    • Severity of the disorder (mild/moderate/severe)
    • Medication or treatment currently prescribed
    • An assessment of major life activities that are affected by the impairment (concentration, memory, social interactions, class attendance, learning, reading, thinking, etc.)
    • Recommended accommodations that may assist the student in minimizing the impact of the condition in an academic setting (examples: test taking, class attendance, taking notes, understanding materials, speaking, comprehension, transportation, housing, etc.)
    • Include test scores when applicable

Documentation can be scanned and emailed, faxed, or hand delivered to:​:

Student Life-Disability Services
Warner Center #226
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
Fax number 740-364-9646

After documentation is reviewed, you will receive a phone call from an SL-DS staff person acknowledging its receipt and indicating if additional information is needed. Please be certain to include your current phone number with the documentation.​

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