Highlights

2018-2019 Annual Report: https://studentdisability.wayne.edu/about/sds_annual_report_2018-2019_final_8-2019.pdf

2017-2018 Annual Report: https://studentdisability.wayne.edu/about/sds_annual_report_2017-2018.pdf

2016-2017 Highlights

The 2016-17 academic year was a busy one for SDS. We saw a 15 percent increase in the number of intakes compared to the previous year. At the end of the 2015-16 school year. SDS had 1,152 registered students, while we closed the 2016-17 academic year with a student count of 1,312 students.

Our new electronic management system has made the registration process  easier for students. In 2016-17, the number of returning students requesting accommodation letters represented a 19 percent increase compared to the previous year. Overall, 874 students — including students in our professional programs — requested accommodations to support their student success. Our test administration program continues to be a significant support service offered to students. At the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, we welcomed two technicians to enhance our testing program and support to students. Our testing coordinator and technicians administered 2,739 exams during the 2016-17 school year.

SDS is pleased with efforts to increase awareness of students with disabilities and to collaborate with faculty, administrators and staff to ensure equal access and inclusion of students with disabilities. Our liaison workshop for staff and faculty each semester has fostered strong working relationships with colleagues to enhance student support.

SDS team members are proud of the relationships they have built with students, helping them feel connected to the university community. To ensure quality services and support, Student Disability Services asked registered students to complete a survey at the end of the fall 2016 and winter 2017 semesters. Survey results indicated that 50 percent of SDS-registered students use our services and supports multiple times during the semester. Seventy percent of students surveyed feel that SDS staff have an excellent foundation of knowledge about accommodations and assistive technology, and 77 percent of  feel they have had excellent experiences with SDS. Survey results suggest that SDS should continue to reach out to diverse groups of students making all WSU students aware of available resources.

Student Disability Services will continue to work to support students with disabilities by ensuring academic access and inclusion in all aspects of the university experience.     

2015-16 Highlights

The 2015-16 academic year was an exciting one for SDS. We started the fall 2015 semester using our new online student management system, Accommodate.  This system has removed barriers for students wishing to register for support services, allowing them to request services online. Students are scheduled for appointments without delay. By streamlining the registration process, SDS saw a 40 percent increase in the number of intakes during the 2015-16 school year from the previous year. Accommodate has also allowed students to easily request testing services in SDS. We saw a 6 percent increase in the number of exams administered this year compared to the previous year.

During the 2015-16 academic year, SDS continued to collaborate with faculty, administrators and staff to ensure equal access for students with disabilities and to promote awareness of the needs of individuals. In November 2015, SDS was proud to host a three-day exhibit, "Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit," which was designed to build awareness about people with disabilities and the disability movement. The exhibition took place in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library atrium and was visited by members of the WSU community and individuals from nearby colleges and universities.

Outreach efforts continued throughout the 2015-16 school year. SDS held its Liaison Workshop for advisors and staff in the fall and winter semesters. It also attended fall and spring open house events on campus and participated in 25 orientation programs in the spring and summer for transfer and new WSU students.

At the end of the winter 2016 semester, Student Disability Services had 794 registered undergraduate students with documented disabilities. This number represents 4.5 percent of the WSU undergraduate student population. At the end of the 2016 winter semester, SDS had 286 registered graduate and professional students with documented disabilities, 3 percent of the WSU graduate student population. The overall number of students registered with SDS was 4 percent of the student population. By the end of the 2016 spring/summer semester, SDS had 1,152 registered students.

At a glance SDS activity:

Fall 2015 — SDS issued accommodations to 460 students

  • Fall 2015 — SDS administered 1,225 exams to students
  • Winter 2016 — SDS issued accommodations to 393 students
  • Winter 2016 — SDS administered 1,327 exams to students
  • Spring/summer 2016 — SDS issued accommodations to 143 students
  • Spring/summer 2016 — SDS administered 276 exams to students
  • SDS supported 11 deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the 2015-16 academic year
  • On April 14, 2016. SDS held its annual scholarship and awards ceremony and awarded five students scholarships for their scholarship and persistence. These awards totaled $5,200 and supported the WSU educational experience for SDS registered students.
  • From an informal questionnaire given to SDS students at the end of winter 2016, approximately 100 students responded with the following:
    • 57 percent of these students visited SDS at least every two weeks
    • SDS is regarded as a friendly, welcoming place
    • SDS was the most-noted group that students would miss if they left WSU

2014-15 Highlights

The 2014-15 academic year was a busy one, with growth in the number of students registering for services and using SDS supports. We ended the academic year with three disability specialists on staff as well as an accommodation support specialist who provided support for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students. During the spring and summer, we prepared for the use of an online student management system.

During the 2014-15 academic year, SDS continued collaborating with administrators, faculty and staff to ensure that reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities were provided. Outreach efforts resulted in an increase of students registering with SDS for services and support. The school year saw a 4 percent increase from the previous year in the number of new students registering with SDS.

Overall, by the end of winter 2015, 4.4 percent of the WSU undergraduate student population had disclosed a documented disability and registered with Student Disability Services. The number of undergraduate students utilizing SDS services was in alignment with national averages. The number of graduate and professional students requesting support services from SDS was at 1.1 percent.  

A glance at SDS activity:

  • Fall 2014 — SDS issued accommodations to 430 students
  • Fall 2014 — SDS administered 1,269 exams to students
  • Winter 2015 — SDS issued accommodations to 381 students
  • Winter 2015 — SDS administered 1,385 exams to students
  • SDS supported 11 deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the 2014-15 academic year
  • On April 2, 2015, SDS held its annual scholarship and awards ceremony and awarded 11 students for their scholarship and persistence. These awards totaled $8,300 and supported the WSU educational experience for SDS registered students.