Student Life Disability Services
Welcome to Student Life Disability Services
Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) is a support unit for students of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. SLDS provides FREE programs and services designed to help students have full access to college life.
All students are encouraged to contact Student Life Disability Services in the early stages of their college planning. Preadmission services include information about academic support services, specialized equipment, transition issues, admission requirements, and meetings with an access specialist.
Student Life Disability Services collaborates with and empowers students who have disabilities in order to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life.
How to Register with Student Life Disability Services
- Students who originally registered with Disability Services at a regional campus prior to May 13, 2020 will need to also register with the Columbus office when taking Columbus-based classes.
- Students who registered with a regional campus on or after May 13, 2020 do not need to register at Columbus. Instead, please contact SLDS. We can update your assigned Access Specialist in AIM and review with you how to request accommodations for your Columbus courses (e.g. how to schedule exams).
Will I be obligated to use accommodations if I seek help from SLDS?
No. It is your choice as to whether you want to use your accommodations and how often you want to use them. However, if want to use your accommodations, you need to tell your instructors and SLDS this so that arrangements for your accommodations can be made. You are never under any obligation to disclose the exact nature of your disability to anyone on campus, but you will need to tell faculty about your classrooms needs so that they can assist you.
Won’t everyone know that I have a disability?
No. Not unless you choose to tell people. Your disability documentation and information will be kept confidential and will be stored in the SLDS office.
Will my degree be worth less if I seek help from SLDS?
No. You will receive the same Ohio State diploma as everyone else. There will be no indication on your diploma that you sought help through SLDS. In college, you will be held to the same policies, procedures, and requirements as everyone else even if you work with SLDS.