Personal Care Attendants (PCAs), also called aides, are the responsibility of the individual with the disability. PCAs may attend classes and all university functions with the individual for whom they work.
Neither Cleveland State University nor the ODS is responsible for the hiring, firing, or management of personal care attendants. Neither is CSU or the ODS financially responsible for PCAs.
If a student will be living in the residence hall and will require a personal care attendant, the Office of Disability Services should be contacted no less than six weeks prior to the move-in date for that semester. This will allow time for the Office of Residence Life to make necessary living arrangements and complete security clearances for the attendant(s).
CSU maintains a wide variety of adaptive technology that is available for student use. Much of the technology available can be found in the Adaptive Technology Lab, which is located on the first floor of the library. This lab includes hardware and software, such as JAWS, Zoomtext, closed circuit televisions for the visually impaired (CCTVs), adaptive workstations, adaptive keyboards, DragonDictate, and a wide variety of other equipment.
The ODS also maintains an inventory of equipment, some for in-office use and some for loan. This inventory includes FM systems, portable CCTV units, digital book players, and various audio tape players.
If you think you may benefit from adaptive technology, please contact the ODS office to set up an appointment to discuss your needs. Office staff will review the possibilities with you at that time.