Educational Accessibility

Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Educational Accessibility is to enable citizen artists to succeed, creatively and personally, at the University of the Arts, and beyond, by removing barriers and by promoting acceptance and accessibility in all University programs, activities, and facilities. We are committed to inspiring, educating, and preparing innovative artists and creative leaders for the arts of the 21st century. We do this by directing each student’s quest for creative self-expression toward a productive role in society that we might stimulate and influence not only our students but the very disciplines they study.

Accessibility and the University of the Arts

Procedures For Disclosing a Disability and Requesting Accommodations (pdf)

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.

Please call our office at 215-717-6818 and ask to make an appointment with Dr. David J. Thomas.

Once a registered OEA student, you can make an appointment online 24 hours a day at

Dr. David J. Thomas
Educational Accessibility Advisor and ADA/504 Coordinator

The Office of Educational Accessibility is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance 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.

Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (pdf)