What is a disability?

A disability is an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Examples of major life activities include walking, listening, reading, and learning.

Do I need to tell anyone about my disability?

It is your choice whether or not you disclose your disability. If you want to receive accommodations, you must provide documentation of your disability to the Office of Disability Services.

How do I document my disability?

You need to provide a statement from a Qualified Licensed Provider (a doctor, psychiatrist, or other medical professional), that verifies the functional limitations caused by your disability. For example, a student that has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy may have difficulty writing. The functional limitations may include lack of fine motor control. 

When should I provide documentation?

You are strongly encouraged to complete an application and provide supporting documentation before the term in which you are needing the services starts. We need to have these materials before you can receive accommodations and services through the Office of Disability Services.

Where is my documentation kept?

In accordance with state and federal law, documentation regarding your disability is kept in a separate, confidential file at ODS and will not be part of your academic record.

How does Western use information about my disability?

The Office of Disability Services needs sufficient information in order to determine eligibility and effective accommodations for each student. We may use non-identifying information about your disability to gather statistical information for planning and allocation of resources.


Office of Disability Services

Voice: (503) 838-8250 | VideoPhone: (503) 512-5258 | Fax: (503) 838-8721 | E-mail:ods@wou.edu | Location: APSC room 405 | Opening Hours: Monday - Friday (8:00AM - 5:00PM) "If you have a disability that may require some accommodation in order to participate in a Western Oregon University class or activity, please notify the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250 or ods@wou.edu at least 3 business days in advance. To request an interpreter, please fill out the INTERPRETER REQUEST FORM."