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Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8AM – 5PM

Give Us a Call:
713-313-7691
713-313-4210

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Welcome

We are excited to have you join our campus! The ODS is a program designed to uphold governmental statues and regulations associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008) and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The ODS assist those with disabilities in a confidential, respectful, and friendly environment to ensure equal opportunity and accessibility to college programs and activities.

We offer individualized services that are structured to support and assist in the pursuit of attaining personal educational goals. Our motto is to promote self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy in a comprehensive accessible environment. We look forward to meeting you and providing you with valuable services.


Mission

The mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services and activities of Texas Southern University through the identification and provision of effective auxiliary aids, reasonable academic accommodations and services to enrich flourishing educational experiences.


Vision

The vision of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to assist and support all students with documented disabilities in reaching their academic potential. The ODS embraces each student’s development towards independence, self-advocacy and personal growth in acquiring their academic goals.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA of 1990 provides civil rights protection for individual with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunities for “qualified individuals” with disabilities in all public facilities, educational programs, activities, services and benefits. The ADA upholds and maintains compliance standards to ensure institutions of higher education policies, procedures and practices are non-discriminatory.

The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAAA)
The ADAAA of 2008 broaden the definition of disability to cover impairments that are episodic or in remission that substantially limits a major life activity when active.

Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973
No otherwise qualified person with a disability…shall solely by reason of …disability, be denied benefits, excluded from participating, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

ODS will adhere to all applicable state and federal laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required in an effort to offer equal opportunities to qualified disabled individuals.