The Office of Disability Services is charged with determining who is an eligible person with a disability and coordinating the accommodation needs of individuals with disabilities who participate in our programs.
We serve hundreds of students with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities, chronic health issues, attention deficit disorders, psychological conditions, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and hearing impairments.
Anyone who is requesting accommodations due to a disability is required to make that request through the Office of Disability Services. Once a person has been identified to this office, we engage in an interactive process with that person to determine what accommodations, if any, are needed to ensure their equal access and participation in our community.
All accommodations are individualized—there is not a standard list of what one “gets” if one has a specific disability. Many different disabilities have similar accommodations to address the needs imposed by the disability. Additionally, two people with the same disability may have very different needs depending upon the impact of the disability on each individual.
This website provides basic information about our services and how they are offered. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information, or to set up an appointment. The Office of Disability Services is located in Main Classroom room 147. Our phone number is 216.687.2015. Our staff is:
- Linda Casalina MA M.Ed.
Director, Office of Disability Services
- Jerry Gillinov, M.Ed.
- Mary Theobald, M.Ed.
- Jeffrey Dell
Assistive Technology Specialist
- Shelly Lamb
Coordinator of Testing Services
The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to provide leadership in fostering an environment that supports the full participation by all individuals in the campus community.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides assistance to both students and faculty in accommodating students with disabilities. This office serves as the primary resource for all student disability issues. The office has a long history, dating back to before both the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. It was created in 1970 to serve the needs of a growing population of students with disabilities on campus.
The ODS staff works collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and administrators to make the process of seeking accommodations as streamlined as possible. Students who wish to declare their disabilities and seek accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 should contact the Office of Disability Services at (216) 687-2015 for information or to schedule an intake appointment.
- We support the educational experiences of persons with disabilities in all areas of campus life by advocating for continuous improvement in access of our facilities, programs, and services.
- We educate the university community on issues of policies, procedures, and laws that impact persons with disabilities and affect their involvement in Cleveland State University.
- We encourage the full development of persons with disabilities and seek to prepare them to lead satisfying and productive lives.
Cleveland State University has joined the JED Campus Program, a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.