Resources for Disabled Students

Welcome to Resources for Disabled Students (RDS)!

Location:  100 General Services Building
Phone:  (970) 491-6385 (V/TDD)

Photo of Students in Front of Administration BuildingRDS provides support and help for students with both permanent and temporary limitations and health conditions (physical and mental health).  Limitations include, but are not limited to, mobility, hearing, seeing, and learning.  Health conditions include, but are not limited to, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, celiac, and concussion.

The following associated pages are primarily text oriented. All pages will provide primary navigational links at the top, while section or secondary links can be found on the left.

What We Do

Accessibility Map of Campus (coming soon)


As you can see, a few graphics may exist on our pages; however, they do not signify anything other than for visual organization and "flavoring". Some text is highlighted in color but only for visual effect. All graphics should have alternative text attached. Please use the items at the top or below to obtain any specific information you may need.

For information on the Opportunities for Postsecondary Success (OPS), a program that works individually with students with autism spectrum disorders (autism, asperger's, etc) and/or tramatic brain injury (TBI), please visit the OPS website.

For information concerning computer technology access, please visit the website of the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC).  Assessments for assistive technology are generated by a referral from RDS.

Additional Information related to students with disabilities

For information on Universal Design for the classroom, please visit the Access Project website.

For access to the presentations from the symposium, Transition and Transformation:  Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College Environment, please go to  Access is limited to CSU faculty, staff, and students with eIDs.

RDS is now on Facebook!  Look for us and stay connected!

Visit our Disability Awareness page to increase your knowledge about disability.  Check out the websites!


Classes end soon!

As the semester comes to an end, it is time to gear up for the new semester.  Remember, to get accommodations next semester, you will need to come in and update your eligibility by requesting your instructor memos.  Faculty are not required to simply give you accommodations without verification from RDS that you are entitled to them.

If you are planning to use Alternative Text, please get your requests in as soon as possible.  Once you are registered for classes, you can find out what textbooks you will need.  The sooner we have your requests, the sooner you will have your textbooks converted.  You don't want to get too far behind in your reading as it is much harder to be successful on exams if you haven't read the material!  Converting print to an alternative format takes time and the conversion process is usually done on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information, contact Nico Gowdy, our coordinator of Alt. Text at Alternative Text .

New Initiative for Students with Chronic Physical/Mental Health Conditions

In combination with ASCSU, a new initiative has been created to provide more support for students with chronic physical/mental health conditions.  The support is in the form of a peer mentor who can help in the process of managing the effects of a chronic health condition.  Peer mentors have been selected and if you are a student who would like to be paired with one, please see Rhondda in the RDS office.  She can be reached at 491-6385 or

Space in the LSC

RDS now has a space in the Lory Student Center.  It is across from Sweet Sinsations on the main level (room 224).  We will be staffing the space on a rotating basis.  Mornings from 7:45 am to 12:15 pm.  Afternoons from 12:15 pm to 4:45 pm.  (Other staff may be substituting or using the space as needed.)

Monday morning:  Nico Gowdy or Amanda Wimmer 
Monday afternoon:  Allison Penfield

Tuesday morning: Kathleen Ivy
Tuesday afternoon:  Terry Schlicting

Wednesday morning: Rhondda Walker
Wednesday afternoon: Terry Schlicting

Thursday morning: Kathleen Ivy
Thursday afternoon: Rose Kreston

Friday morning: Dede Kliewer
Friday afternoon: Rhondda Walker

While it will be staff by someone from the office, students are encouraged to stop in, have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, check in with a specialist or other staff member, hand in a form, or simply take a break and relax.  Hopefully we will be able to offer television soon and you might be able to catch your favorite daytime show.  Or you may simply want a quiet place to contemplate life or maybe even study!  It will be a work in progress as to how this space can be utilized but first and foremost, it will be a place for students.

Billie and Dean Crouse Acacia Scholarship (aka Crouse Scholarship)

Billie Crouse knows what it is like to have a learning disability, and is determined to help others who are struggling to earn their college degree.  At age five, Billie contracted Scarlett fever and remembers this event as a pivotal time in her life.  Surrounded by other children who had polio, she told her mother that she wanted to be a social worker someday.  By the time she was in third grade, however, she could not read very well and school was difficult.  She had dyslexia but it wasn’t something that was diagnosed in those days.

In high school, not only was Billie running with a crowd her mother disapproved of, she was also considered by school counselor not to be college material.  Her mother did not agree and sent her to live with her father in England where she eventually attended an American school established for American military and government civilians.  Upon returning to the US, Billie then attended an all-girl college prep school.  But she had to repeat her junior year as the school said they could not make her college material in one year.  With diligence, she made it through high school and when it came time for college, she picked Colorado State University.

Originally majoring in home economics, Billie switched to English as a junior due to her love of literature and creative writing.  School was still a struggle; she failed German and Chemistry and consequently had to increase her credit load several quarters to make them up.  Even without tutorial help, she was able to graduate on time and received her BA in English plus a teaching certificate in 1962.

She went on to get her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana and another Master’s in Human Services and Counseling at DePaul University in Chicago.  She met her husband, Dean, while teaching English in Chicago.  After moving to New Mexico, she and Dean established Acacia Counseling.

When Billie’s niece Tambralyn, whom also had learning disabilities, shared with her the struggles she had while earning her degree at CSU, it solidified Billie and Dean’s to create The Billie and Dean Crouse Acacia Scholarship Fund to provide financial and tutorial support for struggling students.  The scholarship is $1,000.

Announcement of this scholarship will go out to new students who have utilized RDS support this coming semester and continue to use them in the spring semester.  This will be the third year of this scholarship.

Don't Forget TILT!

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) offers a variety of workshops and seminars to improve your academic success.  Check often at the TILT website for resources that may help you become the student you were meant to be!  Tutoring, academic coaching, and critical thinking are only a few of the supports and skills you may wish to improve or enhance.

Opportunities to be involved: 

Committee for Disabled Students Accessibility is always seeking new members.  Contact Rose Kreston, CDSA advisor for more details (

The Ability Club is another opportunity for students to get to know one another.  Those who are interested in Sign Language might find the Sign Club of interest.  Please call the office at 491-6385 for more information about these two other opportunities.

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society will be inducting new members this semester.  If you attain a GPA of 3.2 or better, you may be invited to join next year!  For more information, contact RDS.

Become a REAL CSU Leader.  Workshops available throughout the semester.  Contact the SLiCE office for more information.


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