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March 02, 2015 : Gateway to Success Program to be Held at Ohio University Lancaster March 20-21
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – The Gateway to Success program will be held at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus this month, and it’s the first time the event has been held on a regional campus. Gateway to Success is a program which assists area high school students with disabilities who may be considering, or could benefit from, college or additional training after their high school graduation. It will be held on March 20 and 21.
Students who participate in the Gateway to Success program will learn:
  • Career interests and how additional education or training might be part of their career goals
  • About the experiences of current college students with disabilities
  • Study skills needed to be successful in college
  • Different options for continuing education, and how to apply to
    Adult training programs, 2-year technical degrees, or 4-year bachelor’s degrees
  • Financial assistance options, what is available, and how to apply
  • How technology (including assistive technology) is used
  • How to request and receive accommodations in college
The program offers informational programs and activities during two days on campus. Staff from OHIO’s Student Accessibility Services office will facilitate the Gateway to Success program with assistance from three peer mentors, all of whom are students with disabilities currently attending Ohio University. Additionally, parents are invited to participate in afternoon sessions on the second day to encourage a better understanding of the process of selecting a college, applying, getting financial assistance, and securing accommodations.
The program is being put on by Ohio University Student Accessibility Services in partnership with the Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living (SOCIL). The mission of Student Accessibility Services is to ensure equal opportunity and access for members of the Ohio University community. Central to this mission is the development of an academic environment that is accessible to all people without the need for adaptation. While working toward the goal of full inclusion, accommodations must still be provided on an individual basis.