Disability Services

Disability Services


Support in the pursuit of your educational goals

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) works with students having special needs to ensure they receive reasonable academic accommodations in courses of study, according to their individual needs. The goal: to guarantee that all students with disabilities have an equal opportunity in the pursuit of their educational objectives.

Eligible students are strongly encouraged to tap the services of this office. College studies show that students who consistently use ODS resources and accommodation services earn higher grades and graduate at a higher rate than students who choose not to use them.

Who is eligible?

Any otherwise qualified student or prospective student who states that he or she has a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or the guidelines for section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may register with this office.

How to register?

To register for services, a student or prospective student must meet with the special needs counselor and provide appropriate documentation of a disability.

Important Documents from the Office of Disability Services (ODS):

The following Disability Services documents provide details about submitting documentation and other procedures for students with disabilities. The accommodations, if recommended to a student, are free of charge.

Exam Proctoring Agreement
Notetaking Services Agreement
Transition Differences from High School to College


Digital Text Request

We are here to help.

Contact the Office of Disability Services via email or by phone to schedule an appointment and determine how we can help you succeed at Cincinnati State.

Additional Resources

The following organizations offer services for individuals with disabilities living in Greater Cincinnati area. If you are not able to find an organization that meets your needs on this list please contact the Cincinnati State Office of Disability Services at 513.569.1775 for further help.

General Services


General Services



AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment

Center for Independent Living Options


The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) is dedicated to helping individuals who have physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities to maintain active, productive lives of their choosing.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati


Trained professionals who can connect you to essential community services

Hamilton County Educational Service Center


Bring your challenges; they will help you solve them … whether they are in the areas of education or business

Hearing Impairment Services


Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati


Supporting individuals and families to overcome obstacles to communication

Ohio Relay


A free public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the Internet.

Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness


Agency whose mission is to help infants, children and adults reach their fullest potential by eliminating communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology and education

Hearing Loss Association of America – Southwest Ohio Chapter


Organization representing people with hearing loss


Vision/Reading Impairment Services

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI)


A private not-for-profit organization with a long and respected tradition of offering comprehensive services to people who are blind or visually impaired

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Provides comprehensive program services to promote independence and foster the highest quality of life for people with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities

Sight for Students


A VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children.

Vision USA


Provides free eye exams to low-income Americans across the U.S.

Prevent Blindness


Focused on promoting vision care: screening, educating, advocating, and training

Mental Health Services

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services


Promoting wellness and recovery

Mental Health Access Point


Provides assessment, support, and connections for children and adults residing in Hamilton County who are in need of mental health services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Hamilton County Chapter


Offers educational programs, support groups and an information and referral phone line

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services


Programs address a clients' housing, psychiatric, medication, vocational, social and other support needs

Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board


Responsible for planning, funding and evaluating the effectiveness of community mental health services and alcohol and drug addiction services available to Hamilton County residents



Human Rights Services

Hamilton County Job & Family Services


Provides services such as food, cash and medical assistance; publicly funded child care; child and adult protection; child support case management; and employment assistance

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services


Steps for eligibility

Family Support Services Program http://www.hamiltondds.org/services/all-ages/family-support-services-program

Assists families who are caring for a family member with disabilities

Ohio Civil Rights Commission


The primary function of The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is to enforce state laws against discrimination

Ohio Client Assistance Program


Serves as an advocate for clients of Rehabilitation Services Commission when they encounter obstacles or conflicts in obtaining services.

U.S. Department of Education/Office of Civil Rights (OCR)


To ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights

Specific Illness-Related Services

National Center for Learning Disabilities – College & Adult


nformation regarding types of learning disabilities and various ways of finding support

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati & Columbus


Helps people with epilepsy and their families enjoy an enhanced quality of life

National Multiple Sclerosis Society / Ohio Valley Chapter


Works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky 

Autism Society of Ohio


Autism Society of Ohio's mission is to improve the lives of all Ohioans affected by autism spectrum disorder

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence


Support for individuals with autism

Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati


Dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with autism and their families

National Center for PTSD


Dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD

Attention Deficit Disorder Association


Helping adults with ADHD lead better lives

National Center for Learning Disabilities / Dyslexia


Information for students/adults re: Dyslexia

Dependency Services

Mental Health Access Point (MHAP)


Strives to provide care and support for individuals, couples and families who need mental health services. It operates 24 hours a day

United Way of Greater Cincinnati


Help people learn, grow, aspire, and live their best lives to achieve goals in the areas of education, income and health.

Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board


Responsible for planning, funding and evaluating the effectiveness of community mental health services and alcohol and drug addiction services available to Hamilton County resident

Employment Services

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)


Free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries


One of the nation’s largest providers of vocational rehabilitation programs

Social Security Adm. – Individuals with Disabilities


Selects qualified individuals with disabilities for positions that maximize their talents

Technology Services

Assistive Technology of Ohio


To help Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology

Easter Seals TriState


Empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to more fully live, learn, work and play in our communities