The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) offers special aid to students who have certain physical or emotional disabilities. Eligibility for services requires that the individual have a physical or mental disability which constitutes or results in a substantial handicap to employment, and vocational rehabilitation services may reasonably be expected to benefit the individual in terms of employment.
The Texas Commission for the Blind (TCB) is a state vocational rehabilitation agency designed to provide academic training to blind and visually impaired students. Specifically, TCB offers assistance obtaining a course of study related to the student’s vocational objective and the attainment of a college degree required for entry level employment in that chosen field.
Services offered by TCB may include: counseling, tuition exemption, reader services, maintenance, equipment, diagnostic testing, academic/vocational planning, and payment of tuition and fees. TCB provides reader services which supply blind students with assistance in oral reading, research and cataloging when needed for academic or vocational training.
The Talking Book Program provided through the Texas State Library provides reading material in special formats to Texas residents who cannot read conventional printed matter because of visual or physical limitation, whether permanent or temporary.
Eligibility requirements, available book listings, catalog descriptions and information about other services may be obtained by contacting the Texas State Library Talking Book Program at P.O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas, 78711-2927 or by calling 1-800-252-9605.
Students who require accommodations in residence halls are requested to submit their individual needs in writing on the Housing Accommodations Request Form. Once approved and registered with Disability Support Services, the form will be forwarded to Housing.
Students may obtain counseling for personal and academic concerns in the Counseling Center. Professional counselors provide confidential counseling and assistance in study skills, time management, and stress.
Students may utilize the Vinson Health Center to assist in monitoring medications or other medical needs.
Students with disabilities who display a MSU campus parking permit and a disability placard from the State of Texas, are allowed to utilize any legal campus parking space. State of Texas Handicapped placards may be obtained from any county tax accessor’s office.
The Academic Support Center provides the following opportunities for students to maximize their academic potential at MSU: