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 for students with both permanent and temporary limitations and chronic illness/health conditions (physical and mental health).  Limitations include, but are not limited to, mobility, hearing, seeing, and learning.  Chronic illness/health conditions include, but are not limited to, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, celiac, and concussion.

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Good Luck with Finals!  


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DeStress with Dogs

RDS is once again sponsoring an event for all students to DeStress with Dogs before finals.   For two evenings the week before finals, dogs will be available for students to interact with as a means of enjoyment.  The dogs are special ones, used in many cases as therapy dogs and are used to interacting in a safe and calming manner with a variety of people.  Note:  this is not an event FOR dogs so please do not bring non-scheduled dogs. 

When:  Tuesday, December 6, 2016             
Where: LSC 226-228 


When: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Where:  TILT Building                                           

Time for both:  6:00 - 8:00 pm

RDS has gone paperless for Finals, too!

Deadline for submitting a request for a final was November 28. If you forgot, please contact the office immediately to see if you can still get in.  You will also be able to look up the location of your finals on line at the same place you submit your requests. 

Disability Dialogues

RDS sponsored a new program during Spring semester as a means of bringing Disability into the discourse of every day activities.  As a first time program, it appears it was successful. Topics covered: Disability in the Media, Disability and Identity, Disability and People of Color, Disability and Other Cultures, Disability and the GLBTQ+ Community, Disability and Gender, Disability and Chronic Illness, Disability and Mental Health, Disability in the Military, Disability and Sexual Violence. Disability and Disclosure, Reframing Disability and Disability Pride.

This semester's topics are:

Disability: In the Media (September 12, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: In Athletics (September 26, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: In the Workplace (October 10, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: At Halloween (Is Disability a Halloween Costume?) (October 24, 4:00 pm, LSC 223)

Disability: Is it an Identity? (November 7, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)
Disability: On Campus (What Students See and Experience) (November 28, 4:00 pm, LSC 226-28)

October is National Employment Disability Month!

Colorado State University is proud to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is #InclusionWorks.

To celebrate National Employment Disability Month, the Office of Equal Opportunity has partnered with the Assistive Technology Resource Center, the Center for Community Partnerships, the Department of Occupational Therapy, the Career Center, Resources for Disabled Students, and Ram Events to provide programming for the campus community throughout the month. Below is a list of confirmed events, and an additional event is anticipated.  This list of events will be updated if another event is added.  Please mark your calendars to attend these informative programs.

Disability Dialogues (See above schedule)

Accommodations for Pregnancy and Employees with Disabilities

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in the Lory Student Center, room 372-74

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2016, in the Lory Student Center, room 308-10

This presentation provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, and provides an overview of the accommodation process at CSU, including definitions and terms.  This presentation will also provide information on the recently passed Colorado House Bill 16-1438 (commonly referred to as the Colorado Pregnancy Accommodation Bill) relating to accommodations for pregnant employees and how it differs from ADA and ADAAA requirements. This event is presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity, is free, and is open to all students, staff, and faculty.

Disability Awareness and Enhancing the Workforce through Inclusive Practice

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in the Lory Student Center, room 308-10

More than 1 in 5 adults in the US have a disability; many of whom are productive, capable employees or business owners.  Still, many people are left behind and their talents go unrealized.  This presentation will include simulated, experiential disability awareness activities and provide insight into how individuals, communities and businesses can best foster full inclusion for all people in the workforce and in so doing, reinvigorate work environments to the benefit of all. This event is presented by Cynthia Tate, Center for Community Partnerships, and Anna Walker, Assistive Technology Resource Center.  This program is free, and open to all students, staff, and faculty.

Jesse Saperstein, Keynote Speaker: "Take Another look at our disABILITIES"

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in the Lory Student Center, Long Peak Room (room 302)

This program will include a lecture from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a book signing. Jesse A. Saperstein is a best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker.  He is considered one of the most respected leaders in the Anti-Bullying movement of his generation.  Jesse also has a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome (AS).  Individuals with Asperger’s are impaired by a profound lack of social skills, common sense, and resistance to change in routine.  Jesse’s story, “Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters,” was published by Penguin Group (USA) in April 2010 and immediately became a popular memoir due to its practical advice and outrageous humor.  He chronicles his misadventures and extremes to improve his social skills.  The book quickly rose to the top of and placed Jesse as a dynamic media personality, motivational speaker and most important, an advocate for people with disabilities. This event is free, open to all students, staff, faculty, and the general public, and is presented by RamEvents, the Office of Equal Opportunity, the Assistive Technology Resource Center, the Center for Community Partnerships, and Resources for Disabled Students.

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.

Students with Chronic Physical/Mental Health Conditions

In combination with ASCSU, a program to provide more support for students with chronic physical/mental health conditions will be continuing in the next school year.  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.  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

RDS Express (satellite) in the LSC

RDS Express (satellite) will be staffed during normal business hours, generally from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, the lounge area will remain open to students until 7:00 pm, even if the lights are out.

Remember, students are encouraged to stop in, have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, check in with a specialist or other staff member, or simply take a break and relax.  The lounge area offers television so 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 after staff have gone!  RDS Express is primarily a place for students so we hope you use it!

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society will once again be soliciting applications for membership in the fall.  Be on the look out for the invitation to apply.

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 students who utilized RDS during Fall semester, 2015 and continue to use accommodations this Fall (2016) semester.  

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 in the fall.  If you attain a GPA of 3.2 or better, you may be invited to join!  For more information, contact RDS.

Additional Information related to students with disabilities

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.

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

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!

What's in a name?

RDS operates under the philosophy that 'disability' is part of the human condition.  People have different strengths and limitations, different talents and challenges. When the limitations or challenges stem from a physical, emotional, and/or cognitive difference, due either to a temporary or permanent condition, the person may experience a disabling effect when attempting to function in expected, or normative, ways. In particular, when a student's limitations are more challenging in this academic environment, the student may be eligible for accommodations according to non-discriminatory mandates based on disability.  A student becomes 'disabled' in an environment that was not designed to be inclusive of human differences that result from physical, emotional and/or cognitive differences.  Accommodations become one way by which we attempt to modify the environment to ensure a student is able to participate and/or benefit from this educational environment

RDS recognizes the stigma associated with the term 'disabled'.  However, in our context, the term is merely a descriptor of the group of students who work with us.  Much like the category of African American, or Native American, the word is used as a signifier, and not as a label, and reinforces the political nature of the focus of what we do (civil rights).  We do not require a student identify as a 'disabled' person, but when accommodations are needed, a student will need to identify as HAVING a 'disability' which is defined broadly to include a range of conditions that affect a person's ability, including chronic mental/other health conditions.



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