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Eligibility for Accommodations and Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) coordinates academic accommodations, sign language, oral interpreting, real time captioning (speech-to-text) services, and other accommodations and support services for qualified Texas State University students. A Texas State student who is interested in utilizing accommodations and services must first be registered with and approved for services by the ODS.

It is the student’s responsibility to register for accommodations and provide documentation of disability to the Office of Disability Services. Below are the steps to register with ODS.

How to Register with ODS

Screenshot of Button "Register with ODS" from Main ODS Website
  1. Make sure to have your TXST NetID and password, then go to ods.txstate.edu
  2. Click the paw print icon labeled “Register With ODS”
  3. Fill out the CSI (Confidential Student Information) Form. This is required to register for services with ODS.
  4. Send any additional documentation of the student's disability to our office in person or via fax to 512.245.3452.
  5. ODS will review the need for accommodations and support services based on the student's disability documentation and disability-based need. ODS has up to 30 business days of receipt of the documentation to decide appropriate accommodations.
  6. ODS will notify the student to set up an appointment via email after determining appropriate accommodations.
  7. After meeting with an ODS specialist, the student can sign up for Special Group Registration and request their Accommodation Letter from the ODS office.
  8. After picking up or receiving the Accommodation Letter, the student must get all of their professors must sign the letter and then bring it back to ODS. This must be repeated at the beginning over every semester.

Approval for Interpreting or Real Time Captioning Services

The criteria used by the ODS to determine if interpreting or real time captioning services is a reasonable accommodation for an individual student may include, but is not limited to:

  1. It is required to provide results of the student’s audiological evaluation documenting the nature and severity of the hearing loss in order to receive services,
  2. Age of onset of the student’s hearing loss and type of loss,
  3. The student’s ability to benefit from accommodations such as preferential seating and amplification with an FM system,
  4. The student’s previous experience using sign language or oral interpreters.
  5. The student’s English literacy skills. For captioning services, English proficiency should be sufficient to allow for reading and comprehension of the captioned text of the lecture.