Disability Services

For Prospective Students of Cleveland State and the Office of Disability Services

Enrolling at CSU:

Before you can register with the Office of Disability Services you must first be admitted to Cleveland State University. If you have not been admitted please contact 216-687-5411 to set up a visit or visit our Admissions webpages to learn about the admissions process and criteria. All students must meet Cleveland State’s admission criteria. When you have received your acceptance letter it is time to register with the Office of Disability Services.

Registering with Disability Services

Send in Documentation of Your Disability

Current students who wish to register with the Office of Disability Services must submit documentation of a disability before an intake appointment will be scheduled. This is to ensure that our staff has an adequate amount of time to review the documentation. The student’s name, CSU ID number, and telephone number must be included with the documentation. Our office will contact the student to set up an intake appointment when we receive the documentation.

Visit our Disability documentation guidelines to make sure you have what you need.

Documentation can be dropped off in our office located in MC 147, faxed to 216-687-2343, emailed to ODS@csuohio.edu, or mailed to:

Office of Disability Services
Main Classroom 147
1899 E. 22nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Please note that mailing documentation to our office may take more time than the other options listed.

The Intake Interview

Intake interviews take approximately 1 hour. You will sit down with a Disability Specialist and discuss your disability, your program of study, accommodations you have used in the past, and the accommodations you are eligible to use. All services that we offer are determined on a case by case basis matching the most appropriate accommodation with each student’s needs. Typical accommodations are distraction reduced testing spaces, extended time on exams, alternative text formats for reading materials, and note takers. The Disability Specialist will be gathering information that is needed to decide what accommodations you will need to start to compose your accommodation memo. The Disability Specialist will possibly refer you to other services like the Tutoring and Academic Success Center, Alternative Media Specialist, or Assistive Technology Specialist.

Getting Your Accommodation Memos

The Accommodation Memo is a document from the Office of Disability Services which states the accommodations that you are requesting and are eligible to receive. This memo is used for facilitating a discussion with you and your professor. You can either pick up the printed copies of your Accommodation Memos from Disability Services to give to your professors or have our Disability Specialists e-mail them to your professors. If you opt to have Disability Services e-mail your Accommodation Memos you are still responsible for discussing the accommodations that you wish to use with the professor.


Campus Escorts

If you come to the campus for the first time and are having trouble finding where you need to go call the Campus Escort Service at (216) 687-2020.

Financial Aid

You will need to apply for Financial Aid as soon as you plan on attending CSU. Our office is not able to assist in the financial aid application process except for ASL interpreters needed for a meeting or to offer computers with assistive technology that the forms can be filled out on at the campus. You can apply for financial aid through FAFSA’s Website. CSU’s Financial Aid Department has a great website that describes how the FAFSA process works and their webpages have information about other financial assistance that you may be eligible for.


For academic advising you will need to visit the advising office of the department of your major. If you are unsure of which office you need to visit for advising visit the Determining your Advising Office page. If you have questions about how your disability will effect different aspects of a course or need to request an accommodation please set up a meeting with one of our counselors.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

In the state of Ohio Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) provide vocational rehabilitation services to students making the transition from high school to college. They also provide vocational rehabilitation for people who become disabled later in life. The assistance they provide is for training programs, like a University, and for high and low tech aids to assist a person in their vocational endeavors’. For more information call 1-866.325.0026 or visit BVR and BSVI Regional Office contact list. For more information on BVR programs visit BVR and BSVI’s website.


If you need accommodations for the new student orientation programs please contact our office at (216) 687-2015 at least 2 weeks before your scheduled orientation session. For information about the CSU Orientation programs visit the Orientation webpages.