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 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's with the Name of the Office?

Welcome to all new and continuing students!  Please read below for updates.

Announcements/Events

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RDS is going paperless!

We are instituting a new process for students to schedule their exams with us.  If you are a student who uses testing accommodations or if you are a faculty member who has students with disabilities who use testing accommodations, please click on the Scheduling an Exam tab on the left side menu.  Instructions are available as to how to use this new process that will streamline our scheduling of exams.

Welcome to RamWelcome and the start of a new academic year!

Whether you are new or returning, stop by our satellite, RDS Express, in the Student Center if you have a chance. RamWelcome activities will help our new students have a bit of fun as they get more acclimated to their new home - CSU. But if you are here on campus, your participation is welcomed, too!  

Disability Dialogues

RDS sponsored a new program during Spring semester as a means of bringing Disability into the discourse of every day activities.  As a first time program, it appears it was successful. Topics covered: Disability in the Media, Disability and Identity, Disability and People of Color, Disability and Other Cultures, Disability and the GLBTQ+ Community, Disability and Gender, Disability and Chronic Illness, Disability and Mental Health, Disability in the Military, Disability and Sexual Violence. Disability and Disclosure, Reframing Disability and Disability Pride.

This semester's topics are:

Disability: In the Media (September 12, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: In Athletics (September 26, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: In the Workplace (October 10, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: At Halloween (Is Disability a Halloween Costume?) (October 24, 4:00 pm, LSC 223)
Disability: Is it an Identity? (November 7, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: On Campus (What Students See and Experience) (November 28, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)

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 next 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 Rhondda.Walker@colostate.edu.

RDS Express (satellite) in the LSC

RDS Express (satellite) will be staffed during normal business hours, generally from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, the lounge area will remain open to students until 7:00 pm, even if the lights are out.

Remember, when staffed, students are encouraged to stop in, have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, check in with a specialist or other staff member, or simply take a break and relax.  The lounge area offers television 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 after staff have gone!  RDS Express is primarily a place for students so we hope you use it!

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society will once again be soliciting applications for membership in the fall.  Be on the look out for the invitation to apply.

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 students who utilized RDS during Fall semester, 2015 and continue to use accommodations this Fall (2016) semester.  

Opportunities to be involved: 

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

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 in the fall.  If you attain a GPA of 3.2 or better, you may be invited to join!  For more information, contact RDS.

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.

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!

October is National Disability Employment Month

Look for information in the coming months regarding programs that will be offered during the month of October in recognition of the National Disability Employment Month.

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, including chronic mental/other health conditions.

 

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