Educational Accessibility

To schedule an appointment with Educational Accessibility, please use our online booking system or call the Advising Center at 215-717-6818. Appointments are available 10:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  

Students seeking accommodations and services through Educational Accessibility are expected to self-advocate and fully disclose the nature of their disability. Accommodations are tailored to the specific needs of each individual student in order to most effectively remove barriers and will, therefore, differ from student to student.

While disclosure of an impairment is voluntary, students are highly encouraged to meet with the Educational Accessibility Advisor as early in their UArts career as possible to ensure the highest levels of access and support.

Scheduling an Intake Appointment

In order to receive accommodations for a qualifying disability under the ADA/Section 504, a student must register with the Office of Educational Accessibility to ensure that they are receiving appropriate and consistent accommodations and access to the University and its programs.

To schedule an intake appointment with Educational Accessibility, please use our online booking system or contact the Advising Center at 215-717-6818. Appointments are available 10:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

If you had an IEP, SOP or 504 Plan in high school, have a history of accommodation, or believe you are eligible for accommodations you should register with the Office of Educational Accessibility.

In order to allow for sufficient time for the thorough review of documentation, all medical or psychiatric records, psychoeducational testing, former IEPs/504 Plans, learning plans, or any other supporting documentation must be received at least one week prior to the scheduled intake appointment.  All documentation should be emailed to access@uarts.edu.

Intake Questionnaire and Self-Disclosure Statement

Documentation

Because each student's situation is unique, the Office of Educat\ional Accessibility simply asks that any interested student meet with the Educational Accessibility Advisor. Documentation requirements will vary by situation.  The Educational Accessibility Advisor will talk to the student and discuss documentation requirements during the intake interview. 

Documentation Guidelines

** No student should delay meeting with the Office of Educational Accessibility out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork. **

General Guidelines

  • Documentation should address how the student's disability currently or chronically affects his/her ability to go about the daily routines of independent life in academic and non-academic settings.  
  • All documentation should include recommendations for accommodations which directly address the student's disability. 

Sample guidelines for third party documentation are provided below for your reference.

Exemptions or Exceptions to the Room and Board Policy 

If you are seeking an exemption or an exception to the University's Room and Board Policy as an accommodation for a documented disability, you and your treating physician must first fill out the Room and Board Accommodations and Exemptions Application and return it to the Office of Educational Accessibility (access@uarts.edu).  Your request will be reviewed by the Accommodations Committee and you will be notified of the decision within 2 weeks of receipt of your application.

Please note that applications for changes to the meal plan must be supported by a medical diagnosis or substantiation of disability.  All exceptions due to religious dietary restrictions should be referred to the Dean of Students. 

Food Allergies or Sensitivities

The University of the Arts is able to accommodate most food allergies and sensitivities within the Dining Services facilities. The Dining Services Staff at the University of the Arts are specifically trained in handling food allergies and allergen-specific food preparation to avoid cross-contamination.  If you have any questions about accommodations to our meal plan or options available through Dining Services, please contact the Director of Dining Services at diningservices@uarts.edu.

Academic Advising and Tutorial Support

The University’s Advising Center provides advising and tutoring to all UArts students, regardless of disability and free of charge; therefore, they are not considered accommodations and, as such, do not appear on the accommodations letter.  

Students can schedule one-time or weekly tutoring appointments for any course or subject with the Center’s Academic Advisors or peer tutors. For more information about tutoring and the Advising Center, visit their website at http://www.uarts.edu/students/advising-center or contact them at tutoring@uarts.edu or 215-717-6818.

Resources for Students 

Resources for Faculty 

University of the Arts Accessibility Advisory Committee

Accessibility at the University of the Arts is overseen by the Educational Accessibility Advisor working closely with the University Accessibility Advisory Committee. The UAAC meets monthly and is charged with developing both short- and long-range plans to improve accessibility of the UArts campus, its events, and programs, to examine the feasibility and impact of these plans, and oversee the implementation of these recommendations.  

Current Membership
Dr. David J. Thomas, Chair, Educational Accessibility Advisor and ADA Coordinator
Dr. Maria de Santis, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dr. Stephen Lightcap, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Christine Schaefer, SPHR, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Desiree DeLuca, Interim Assistant Vice President for Operations and Facilities
Ron Kerber, Acting Dean of the College of Performing Arts
Jeffrey Ryder, Associate Dean of the College of Art, Media, and Design
Connie Michael, Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts
Suzanne Scott, RN, Director of Health Services  

Policies and Procedures

Staff

Dr. David J. Thomas
Educational Accessibility Advisor and ADA Coordinator
Senior Lecturer of Liberal Arts and Museum Studies

The Office of Educational Accessibility is responsible for ensuring compliance with and advocacy for students under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAAA) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation  Act of 1973.  The Office of Educational Accessibility adheres to the standards as set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the Association for Higher Education and Disability(AHEAD) for Student Disability Resources and Services.