Student Disability Services

“I have succeeded at Miami because Student Disability Services provided access to quality interpreters and other resources I need to be successful in the classroom.”
— Christine Rose, Special Education major, Class of 2015

Student Disability Services (SDS) provides services and mandated accommodations to ensure equal access to inclusive education and university life at Miami University.

Belonging

The efforts of the SDS staff help students with disabilities feel a sense of belonging at Miami. Our services provide students with a platform for inclusion and equity, and we are committed to providing these services with the highest level of care.

The Students with Disabilities Advisory Council is a group of students registered with SDS who develop programming and student-centered initiatives for students with disabilities on campus. Initiatives include mentoring opportunities for current and prospective students, participating in training for faculty, and establishing a Disability Alumni Network. Additionally, the council has developed an Autism support group to help students on the Autism spectrum find and connect with each other.

Support

SDS actively supports students on a daily basis. We engage in dialogue, partnerships and collaborative trainings throughout Student Affairs and the University. SDS collaborates and provides programs throughout the campus community including:

  • Hosting the Kate Welling Disability Lecture Series, which sees 300-500 students, faculty, staff and community members. This endowed lecture brings innovative thinkers in the area of disability studies to campus to share their ideas and passion with the Miami community.
  • Co-sponsoring Accessible Technology Symposium that offers University-wide training on creating a more inclusive and supportive educational environment
  • Partnering in faculty support initiatives – http;//www.MiamiOH.edu/accessmu

Key Facts & Figures

  • Woman with guide dog walking through CommencementMore than 1,100 students are registered for services through SDS
  • 7,200+ accommodations requested per semester

Caseload: 57% LD/ADHD, 16% Psychological, 8% Medical, 4% Neurological, 2% Physical 2% Autism Spectrum