Our consultants are committed to working with writers with a wide range of abilities, experiences, and learning styles. Although our consultants do not receive official training in disability accommodations, they are prepared to meet the needs of all writers–including writers with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities.
Accommodations do not require documentation from the Office of Disability Services. If you’d like to let us know of your individual needs ahead of time, you can call us at (614-688-5865), send us an email (email@example.com), or indicate your requests in your appointment form. You can also let us know if you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, as you may be eligible for certain accommodations, such as additional one-on-one sessions in Smith Labs.
Potential accommodations include, but are not limited to:
Welcoming service animals
Working with American Sign Language interpreters.
Using a variety of media to communicate with you about your writing.
You are welcome to bring a laptop with your preferred software, such as:
- A screen reader
- Screen captions and descriptions
- Voice dictation
- Keyboard speed controls
- Sound cues through screen flashes
- OS X’s voice recognition technology.
- Reduced Distraction Rooms
The Writing Center is set up with noise machines and spatial dividers to create a quiet environment that is conducive to private conversations in individual sessions.
We also have several more private rooms available. If you require a Reduced Distraction Room for your consultation, or if you would like more privacy, please write down your request when booking your appointment, and we will do our best to schedule your one-on-one consultation in one of our private rooms
Our handouts are formatted to be accessible for use with screen-readers. If there is a resource on our website that is not screen-reader friendly, we can revise it by request.
The main Writing Center is located on the fourth floor of Smith Lab (see map of floorplan below). The main entrance is directly next to the elevator (simply exit the elevator and turn right). Additionally, signs are posted to direct you to the Men's or Women's Restrooms on the fourth floor.
- Disability Services at OSU
- The International Writing Center Association’s Position Statement on Disability
- DO-IT, “Equal Access: Universal Design of Tutoring and Learning Centers”
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- "Writing Centers and Students with Disabilities: The User-Centered Approach, Participatory Design, and Empirical Research as Collaborative Methodologies" (2012). Brizee, Allen; Sousa, Morgan; and Driscoll, Dana PhD, Purdue Writing Lab/Purdue OWL Graduate Student Publications.
If there are any accommodations we can make in order to better facilitate your learning during a consultation or to improve your experience in the Writing Center, just let us know. We welcome any suggestions for improving our accessibility efforts.