Bishop ACCESS is a fee-based program that provides one-on-one academic coaching for students with executive function challenges including, but not limited to, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Mental Health Disabilities. Most students who participate in Bishop ACCESS are registered with our Accessibility Services Office, but exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
The program supports the student's entire career at OWU by placing a special focus on individual needs relevant to each year.
The first- and second-year prioritizes:
- Adjusting to campus life
- Connecting with campus and community resources
- Enhancing academic skills
- Increasing self-advocacy skills
- Supporting service-learning opportunities
Third- and fourth-year prioritizes:
- Identifying successful transferable executive function skills and strategies to utilize after college
- Working with campus partners to assist with travel-learning opportunities, internship opportunities, career planning, and the overall transition after college
Goals of Bishop ACCESS:
- Enhancing executive functioning and study skills
- Increasing awareness of strengths and challenges inside and outside the classroom
- Learning about campus resources and using them in timely and strategic ways
- Developing self-advocacy and decision-making skills
Bishop ACCESS students meet and strategize regularly with a coach during their Academic Coaching Sessions and attend several Academic Skills and Campus Life Workshops facilitated by their coaches and/or campus community members.
First-year program participants navigate college life with the help of a peer mentor. Students are able to attend daily dedicated study tables with trained peer mentors and coaches for additional content and study strategy support.
Coaches communicate with the students and parents both at mid-term and at the end of every semester to provide a progress report of the student's academic experience and personal growth, describe executive functioning development, and identify program support plans. Additional program updates are communicated through semester newsletters to program students and parents.