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There is no special application process for students with special needs. If you have a legally documented disability, our Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR), is here to help you with access and appropriate accommodations. Contact us for more information.
The OAR serves as the liaison with such agencies as ACCES-VR, and the Commission for the Visually Handicapped and Blind. The office assists agency counselors in monitoring clients’ progress, as well as assuring that necessary support services are available. If you are planning to use outside agency assistance we urge you to contact the agency well before your first semester to verify eligibility and determine services.
OAR is housed in the Student Services Division of the college.
If the student had a disability in high school OAR requires the 504 plan, IEP and a copy of psychological testing. Other reports can be from a student’s physician, reports from ACCES-VR, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Worker's Compensation etc. The reports must detail the exact nature of the disability. The OAR intake form is available on-line under Student Services on the college website.
No, Questions regarding books and supplies should be directed to the Onondaga bookstore which is run by Barnes and Noble. Telephone number: 315-498-2246 Please note: College textbooks are so expensive some companies are beginning to rent them.
The OAR is responsible for students taking college credit classes. College for Living is a separate program under Adult and Continuing Education and is staffed separately.
OAR serves students with all types of disabilities. The two fastest growing groups are students with psychiatric disabilities and students on the spectrum.
The top ten programs at Onondaga are Humanities, Math and Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Computer Studies, Nursing, Art, and Electronic Media.
Enrollment at Onondaga increased by 11% this year. Residence halls are filled on a first-come, first served basis. There are more students that want to live on campus than there are rooms. Freshman housing requests begin the first week of February. Students with disabilities can request accommodations but colleges are not responsible for personal care issues. Students with disabilities are expected to follow the Onondaga Student Code of Conduct. Onondaga has a zero alcohol tolerance policy.
Full time Onondaga students are eligible for a reduced fare Centro bus pass. This does not mean that all Onondaga students can or do use the bus. The bus does not run frequently, especially to further areas. Depending on the student’s class schedule and personal obligations bus transportation may not be feasible for them. Many ACCES-VR staff authorize transportation monies for those students who cannot use Centro.
OAR students are enrolled across the college. One third are in programs leading to employment through an associate’s degree and two-thirds are in transfer programs.
Accommodation plans which detail each student’s services are determined jointly between the student and their OAR specialist. This plan is determined each semester. Certain services such as tutoring are free and available to all.
OAR serves about 800 students a year.
On-line classes- 11 programs at Onondaga are now totally offered on-line. Etext- Many students prefer their text in etext fashion,not just OAR students. This trend is expected to continue. More use of adaptive technology programs, most incoming students arrive totally unfamiliar with adaptive technology. This requires the college to provide extensive training and support in its use.
OAR and the Career and Applied Learning Center work together. A new grant in collaboration with University of Tennessee and Syracuse University has begun its’ pilot year. The intent is to provide more employment information to college students with disabilities.
No, but students must purchase books if they need e-text conversion.
No, participation in OAR is confidential and does not appear on your transcript.
ACCES-VR counselors should refer clients attending Onondaga to the OAR. Request that your client complete a release of information form if you will need information from Onondaga. Send ACCES-VR vouchers as early as possible to avoid student stress. E-Text is very time consuming. Many students are barely eking by and we hear stories of hunger and many other issues.