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 illness/health conditions (physical and mental health).  Limitations include, but are not limited to, mobility, hearing, seeing, and learning.  Chronic illness/health conditions include, but are not limited to, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, celiac, and concussion.

What We Do

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.  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.

Additional Information related to students with disabilities

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.

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!


Finals are coming!

It's that time of the semester when final exams are just around the corner.  Hopefully you are all studying and can gauge your progress with the exams you've already taken.  Don't wait to reserve your space for your finals.  It gets very crowded and if you are late with a scheduling form, you might not get a place.  Remember, there are tutoring resources in TILT and through the Native American Cultural Center.  But one of the best ways to study may be with another student or students.

Deadline for final exam requests form: Monday, November 30, 2015.  DON'T BE LATE!  Fill out your forms now and make sure you have them in before Thanksgiving break.

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.

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 - Official Open House!

The satellite office had its open house on September 21.  Thanks to all the students who attended and to the members of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society and Ability Club who hosted.  We've picked the winners of our prizes:  First prize - a minipad (Geoff Ader), Second prize - $75 gift card (Justin Batcholder), Third prizes - $50 gift card (Naomi Bombardier, Dakota Gutierrez) , Fourth prizes - $25 gift card (Ruby Hornback, Andrew Bondi, Dezarai Zepeda).  Congratulations to all the winners!  Students also submitted several possibilities for naming the space.  More to come on that development/

Remember, while this space 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.

Staffing for RDS3 will continue on a rotating basis between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Monday morning:  Nico Gowdy or Amanda Wimmer
Monday afternoon:  Joe Tiner (president of Ability Club and RDS student staff)

Tuesday morning: Dede Kliewer
Tuesday afternoon:  Allison Penfield

Wednesday morning: Rhondda Walker
Wednesday afternoon: Terry Schlicting

Thursday morning: Kathleen Ivy
Thursday afternoon: Rose Kreston

Friday morning: Rotating staff
Friday afternoon: Rose Kreston

Induction of New Members - Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

Congratulations to new and graduating members of Delta Alpha Pi!!!  On Monday, November 16, 2015, the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for students with disabilities inducted nine new members and awarded graduating cords to one senior.  New members:  Geoffrey Ader, Justin Batchelder, Rachel Hutchinson, Drew Menasco, Theresa Papich, Kristie Shomsky, Michelle Sogge, Joseph Tiner, and Laura Wally.  Dezarai Zepada was awarded her cords for graduation this semester.

Applications for membership will again be solicited Spring semester for a spring semester induction and awarding of the cords of graduating seniors for spring semester.

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.

October was National Disability Employment Month

The following programs were offered in the month of October that highlighted disability issues and employment.  For more information, contact the sponsoring units.

Maysoon Zayid Comedy Show 

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. She received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University and is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Among many things, Maysoon was a full-time On-Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and Huffington Post Live. Maysoon is a recurring columnist at The Daily Beast and was a speaker at TEDWomen 2013. Maysoon has appeared on Comedy Central, PBS, CNN, HBO, MTV, ABC, BBC, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon's screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women's Enews. She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, an education and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children. Maysoon was delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC's Women Who Care Awards and currently sits on the planning committee. Sponsored by RamEvents, Office of Equal Opportunity, and Resources for Disabled Students.

Individuals with Disabilities: Transitioning from Student to the Workforce

The primary audience for this free discussion is CSU students but it is also open to all staff and faculty. This discussion will include information on available job resources for individuals with disabilities, how and when to self-identify as an individual with a disability in the employment context, differences in obtaining accommodations as a student versus as an employee, and how to request accommodation for a job interview.  This discussion will also provide helpful information for students with disabilities applying to the Workforce Recruitment Program.  The application deadline for the Workforce Recruitment Program is October 19, 2015, and students are encouraged to apply online at  This event is presented by the Career Center and the Department of Occupational Therapy in collaboration with Resources for Disabled Students and the Office of Equal Opportunity.

NDEA Month Workshop: Seeing People with Disabilities as Employable

In honor of NDEAM, the College of Business is hosting a Social Justice Workshop Series called Seeing People with Disabilities as Employable. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme this year is “My disability is one part of who I am.” The focus of the workshop will be on the fundamentals of ability status, daily interactions, stigmas that surround people with disabilities, and the hurdles someone with disabilities faces when applying for jobs. This workshop will show a portion of a film called, “No Way In,” followed by an interactive discussion facilitated by COB faculty member, Stanley Slater, and Rose Kreston, RDS director. Co-sponsored by the College of Business, Resources for Disabled Students and the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities

This presentation provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and provides an overview of the accommodation process at CSU, including definitions and terms.  This event is presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity, is free, and is open to all students, all staff, and faculty.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act: Information for Supervisors

This presentation provides an overview of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act, protections extended by the Acts, a supervisor’s responsibilities with regard to the Acts, guidance on how to interact with an employee with a disability, and information in the reasonable accommodation process.  Though the target audience is any supervisor at CSU, this free presentation is open to all students, all staff, and faculty.  This event is presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Pregnancy

This presentation provides information on the interplay between the ADA and pregnancy, including whether pregnancy can be a disability, guidance on work restrictions associated with pregnancy, and the accommodation process.  This presentation is free and open to all students, all staff, and faculty.  This event is presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Veterans and Disability:  Supporting and Understanding Life after Service

This session is a guided-discussion that will discuss the strengths and challenges that veterans with disabilities bring to our community.  This session is designed to encourage audience participation and will include a discussion about military culture, stigmas surrounding veterans with disabilities strategies to support disabled veterans in the classroom and/or workplace and to problem solve audience questions. This event is free and open to all students, all staff, faculty, and the general public.  This event is presented by the Center for Community Partnership’s New Start for Student Veterans in collaboration with the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Josh Sundquist, Paralympian and Motivational Speaker

Josh Sundquist a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Paralympic ski racer. He has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House. At age nine Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen and he took up ski racing three years later. He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy.  Josh has been featured on CNN, USA TODAY, and NPR. His memoir, Just Don't Fall, was a National Bestseller.  This event is sponsored by RamEvents, the Office Equal Opportunity and Resources for Disabled Students.

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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