Resources for Disabled Students

Welcome to Resources for Disabled Students (RDS)!

Location:  100 General Services Building
Phone:  (970) 491-6385 (V/TDD)
FAX: (970) 491-3457

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 Current Name of the Office? It's about to Change.

Mid-Semester Time


It's not too late to join the Disability Dialogues

RDS sponsors Disability Dialogues, a program offering an opportunity to discuss various intersectional aspects of disability.  All are welcome to join in!

Fall 2017 semester topics this semester focuses on Media representations of disability.  All Dialogues take place on Monday at 4:00 pm in room 328-30 LSC.  Here are the remaining scheduled Dialogues:

October 23 -- Internet Media
November 6 -- News and Current Events
November 27 -- Actors and Portrayals of Disability

If you would like to see other topics covered in Disability Dialogues, please contact Joe Tiner, the facilitator of this program.

Are you considered an undocumented student or do you know someone who is?

The university is committed to supporting students who are considered undocumented.  Please check out the resources available to someone of that status.

You have an ASCSU Senator and Associate Senator!

Last year, ASCSU, your student government body, voted to establish Senate seats for the offices included in the Student Diversity Student Programs group.  That means students with disabilities now have a voice in student government.  Your senator, Cerridwyn Nordstrom, will have office hours in RDS Express (satellite office in LSC).  She is now joined by her associate senator, Keenan Gluck.  For more information, please contact Cerridwyn at

RDS Rebranding and other changes

RDS is going through a rebranding process.  Because student voices are important to us, information from a student survey suggested key words for a proposed new name.  Our name change has been approved but will not officially change until we move to the TILT building.  Our new name will be:  Student Disability Center, with a tag line of Accommodation and Support towards Learning and Academic Success.  (See what our current name means at the end of this page.)

The planned move to the TILT building is scheduled for the end of Spring 2018.  

We have successfully filled the position of Coordinator for Alternative Testing.  Alisha Zmuda, who has been filling in as coordinator, is now officially in that position.  Congratulations to her for rising to the top from a very competitive pools of candidates! 

Speaking of TILT...

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), and our future home, 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.

RDS Express (satellite) in the LSC - It's your place!

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society hosted its first Meet and Greet Coffee Social on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  The intent was to invite students who utilize accommodations to come in and meet Delta Alpha Pi members, to share their thoughts about issues that affect students with disabilities on campus, and to be introduced to the RDS satellite office (RDS Express) as a space for students.  Although RDS Express has been difficult to staff on a regular basis, the area is still open to students until 7:00 pm, even if the lights are out.

Remember, students are encouraged to stop in, have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, 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!  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 during fall semester.  Be on the look out for the invitation to apply. 

Five new members were inducted on January 25, 2017: Mikaela Elder, Michelle Brokaw, Lindsay Brooksheir, Christine Flahive, and Jamie Keary and five new members were inducted on May 3, 2017: Byron Carter, Madi Steine, Phaeren Roby, Samantha Lauth and Shelby Spies.  Congratulations for your strong academic achievements and your commitment to issues related to disability.

For more information on Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, contact Rose Kreston, advisor.

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, 2016 and continue to use accommodations this Spring (2017) semester.  

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 invites all students with disabilities to seek membership.  If you attain a GPA of 3.1 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 traumatic 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!

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.  A student becomes 'disabled' in an environment that was not designed to be inclusive of human characteristics that result from physical, emotional and/or cognitive differences.  Accommodations become one way by which we attempt to modify the environment to ensure a student is able to participate and/or benefit from this educational environment

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 (civil rights).  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.  The philosophy we follow is rooted in what Disability Studies scholars refer to as the 'social' model of disability.'  The concepts of this model are the underpinnings of the disability rights movement and the independent living philosophy, both of which emphasize dignity of the person and choice in terms of how to live.  Disability, or physical, cognitive, or mental impairment, is viewed as simply part of life.  The environment (or society) can create barriers that further 'disables' a person and the focus is to eliminate those barriers to ensure individuals with impairments are able to live their lives fully.



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