Office of Accessibility Services

Office of Accessibility Services

Charter Oak State College is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. All Charter Oak advisement and testing facilities are accessible. As an online institution, Charter Oak is uniquely positioned to work with students using a variety of modalities and is able to serve students with a wide range of disabilities.

In order to provide appropriate accommodations, official documentation of the disability is required. Charter Oak State College uses the guidelines as endorsed by CT AHEAD (Association for Higher Education and Disability). In adherence to Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008 (S. 3406) and revised Title I regulations, determination of eligibility for accommodations requires an interactive process and is made on a case-by-case basis. The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) asks that any student in need of academic accommodations meet with us by phone or in person. No student should delay meeting with the OAS out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork.

It should be noted that documentation policies differ from one institution to another. The Office of Accessibility Services' documentation policy is designed to fit the Charter Oak State College student climate and does not consider documentation requirements external to Charter Oak State College. If a student will attend another institution after attending COSC or take a standardized test (GRE, MCAT, etc.) administered by an outside agency, the student is responsible for researching those documentation policies and should investigate requirements at least six months prior to an anticipated start date or test date.

Please contact Andrea Hojnacki, Accessibility Specialist, at (860) 515-3846 or to discuss your needs and make arrangements for accommodations.

OAS Forms

Letter from the Office of Disability Services (Microsoft Word)

Request for Services Form (PDF)

Request for Services Form (RTF)

Release of Information Form (PDF)

Release of Information Form (RTF)

Finding Affordable Educational Evaluations

The Psychological Services Clinic (Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut)

Connecticut Resources for Assessment Services (list provided by University of Connecticut)

Support for Emotional & Mental Wellness

Mobile App: PTSD Coach

National Center for PTSD

Crisis Text Line

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Tools for Studying, Organization & Productivity - Automatic bibliography maker

"OWL" - Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

PlagTracker - Plagiarism checker

Citation Machine - Citation maker

Evernote - Cloud-based note-taking, file storage, workspace

Quizlet - Study tool

Self-Control - Create distraction-free workspace on your computer

Evernote Clearly - "Cleans up" webpages and articles for easier reading

iStudiez Pro - Manage schedule, homework, and grades

Math Help

Khan Academy - Free math video tutorials for several college level math subjects

Patrick JMT - Free, extensive catalogue of math video tutorials

MathVids - Free math video tutorials with a selection of "different teachers for different learning styles" and "explaining the same lesson in varied ways"

Optical Character Recognition & Speech (Scan & Speech)

Prizmo - Scanning and text-to-speech for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

KNFB Reader for iOS - Scanning and text-to-speech for iOS devices