Resources for Disabled Students

Welcome to Resources for Disabled Students (RDS)!

Location:  100 General Services Building
Phone:  (970) 491-6385 (V/TDD)

Photo of Students in Front of Administration BuildingRDS provides support and help for students with both permanent and temporary limitations and chronic health conditions (physical and mental health).  Limitations include, but are not limited to, mobility, hearing, seeing, and learning.  Chronic health conditions include, but are not limited to, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, celiac, and concussion.

What's in a name?

RDS operates under the philosophy that 'disability' is part of the human condition.  People have different strengths and limitations, different talents and challenges. When the limitations or challenges stem from a physical, emotional, and/or cognitive difference, due either to a temporary or permanent condition, the person may experience a disabling effect when attempting to function in expected, or normative, ways. In particular, when a student's limitations are more challenging in this academic environment, the student may be eligible for accommodations according to non-discriminatory mandates based on disability.

RDS recognizes the stigma associated with the term 'disabled'.  However, in our context, the term is merely a descriptor of the group of students who work with us.  Much like the category of African American, or Native American, the word is used as a signifier, and not as a label, and reinforces the political nature of the focus of what we do.  We do not require a student identify as a 'disabled' person, but when accommodations are needed, a student will need to identify as HAVING a 'disability' which is defined broadly to include a range of conditions that affect a person's ability.

The following associated pages are primarily text oriented. All pages will provide primary navigational links at the top, while section or secondary links can be found on the left.

What We Do

Accessibility Map of Campus (coming soon)


As you can see, a few graphics may exist on our pages; however, they do not signify anything other than for visual organization and "flavoring". Some text is highlighted in color but only for visual effect. All graphics should have alternative text attached. Please use the items at the top or below to obtain any specific information you may need.

For information on the Opportunities for Postsecondary Success (OPS), a program that works individually with students with autism spectrum disorders (autism, asperger's, etc) and/or tramatic brain injury (TBI), please visit the OPS website.

For information concerning computer technology access, please visit the website of the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC).  Assessments for assistive technology are generated by a referral from RDS.

Additional Information related to students with disabilities

For information on Universal Design for the classroom, please visit the Access Project website.

For access to the presentations from the symposium, Transition and Transformation:  Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College Environment, please go to  Access is limited to CSU faculty, staff, and students with eIDs.

RDS is now on Facebook!  Look for us and stay connected!

Visit our Disability Awareness page to increase your knowledge about disability.  Check out the websites!


Summer is here!

Welcome to summer session.  Remember, you will need to come in and update your eligibility by requesting your instructor memos.  Faculty are not required to simply give you accommodations without verification from RDS that you are entitled to them.  For those who have been used accommodations in the past, if there is no change to them, you can fill out a yellow form and leave it for one of the specialists to generate your memos. NEW:  yellow forms can be picked up and completed out of our satellite office in the Lory Student Center (Room 223), across from Sweet Sinsations.  Satellite office hours for the summer are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  If you miss us there, we are still open in our main office (7:30 am to 4:30 pm).

If you are planning to use Alternative Text, please get your requests in as soon as possible.  The sooner we have your requests, the sooner you will have your textbooks converted.  You don't want to get too far behind in your reading as it is much harder to be successful on exams if you haven't read the material!  Converting print to an alternative format takes time and the conversion process is usually done on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information, contact Nico Gowdy, our coordinator of Alt. Text at Alternative Text .

Students with Chronic Physical/Mental Health Conditions

In combination with ASCSU, a program to provide more support for students with chronic physical/mental health conditions will be continuing in the 2015-16 school year.  The support is in the form of a peer mentor who can help in the process of managing the effects of a chronic health condition.  If you are a student who would like to be paired with one, please see Rhondda in the RDS office.  She can be reached at 491-6385 or

RDS3 (satellite) in the LSC

Staffing for RDS3 will continue on a rotating basis between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Afternoons from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  (Other staff may be substituting or using the space as needed.).  The following is the staffine schedule for Summer:

Monday morning:  Nico Gowdy
Monday afternoon:  Allison Penfield

Tuesday morning: Dede Kliewer
Tuesday afternoon:  Amanda Wimmer

Wednesday morning: Rhondda Walker
Wednesday afternoon: Terry Schlicting

Thursday morning: Kathleen Ivy
Thursday afternoon: Rose Kreston

Friday morning: Gina Burd
Friday afternoon: Rose Kreston

While it will be staff by someone from the office, students are encouraged to stop in, have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, check in with a specialist or other staff member, hand in a form, or simply take a break and relax.  The television is working so you might be able to catch your favorite daytime show.  Or you may simply want a quiet place to contemplate life or maybe even study!  First and foremost, it will be a place for students.  We have ordered new furniture that hopefully will be in place by Fall when we will have our 'official' open house for the space.

Billie and Dean Crouse Acacia Scholarship (aka Crouse Scholarship)

Billie Crouse knows what it is like to have a learning disability, and is determined to help others who are struggling to earn their college degree.  At age five, Billie contracted Scarlett fever and remembers this event as a pivotal time in her life.  Surrounded by other children who had polio, she told her mother that she wanted to be a social worker someday.  By the time she was in third grade, however, she could not read very well and school was difficult.  She had dyslexia but it wasn’t something that was diagnosed in those days.

In high school, not only was Billie running with a crowd her mother disapproved of, she was also considered by school counselor not to be college material.  Her mother did not agree and sent her to live with her father in England where she eventually attended an American school established for American military and government civilians.  Upon returning to the US, Billie then attended an all-girl college prep school.  But she had to repeat her junior year as the school said they could not make her college material in one year.  With diligence, she made it through high school and when it came time for college, she picked Colorado State University.

Originally majoring in home economics, Billie switched to English as a junior due to her love of literature and creative writing.  School was still a struggle; she failed German and Chemistry and consequently had to increase her credit load several quarters to make them up.  Even without tutorial help, she was able to graduate on time and received her BA in English plus a teaching certificate in 1962.

She went on to get her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana and another Master’s in Human Services and Counseling at DePaul University in Chicago.  She met her husband, Dean, while teaching English in Chicago.  After moving to New Mexico, she and Dean established Acacia Counseling.

When Billie’s niece Tambralyn, whom also had learning disabilities, shared with her the struggles she had while earning her degree at CSU, it solidified Billie and Dean’s to create The Billie and Dean Crouse Acacia Scholarship Fund to provide financial and tutorial support for struggling students.  The scholarship is $1,000.

Announcement of this scholarship will go out to new students who have utilized RDS support during fall semester and continue to use them in the spring semester.  This will be the third year of this scholarship.

Don't Forget TILT!

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) offers a variety of workshops and seminars to improve your academic success.  Check often at the TILT website for resources that may help you become the student you were meant to be!  Tutoring, academic coaching, and critical thinking are only a few of the supports and skills you may wish to improve or enhance.

Opportunities to be involved: 

Committee for Disabled Students Accessibility is always seeking new members.  Contact Rose Kreston, CDSA advisor for more details (

The Ability Club is another opportunity for students to get to know one another.  Those who are interested in Sign Language might find the Sign Club of interest.  Please call the office at 491-6385 for more information about these two other opportunities.

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society will be inducting new members this semester.  If you attain a GPA of 3.2 or better, you may be invited to join next year!  For more information, contact RDS.

Become a REAL CSU Leader.  Workshops available throughout the semester.  Contact the SLiCE office for more information.


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