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Working With Students With Disabilities

Ursinus College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with physical and/or learning disabilities who have met the College’s admissions requirements and are eligible to receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our goal is to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to succeed in our rigorous and competitive environment. Compliance with the law does not mean that our admissions standards have been lowered or that our academic demands have been or will be reduced.

Accommodation Process

Students with a disability who are requesting accommodations must self-identify to the Office of Disability and Access, provide the appropriate documentation, and complete the interactive accommodations process. 

Students will need to activate their approved accommodations each semester or following a mid-semester approval. Disability and Access will then send the Accommodation Approval Letter via email, and it will also be made available on the Bear Accessibility Portal.

If you are concerned you have not received an Accommodation Approval Letter for one of your students, please contact disabilityandaccess@ursinus.edu.

A student’s diagnosis/disability will not be disclosed. The student has a right to confidentiality and Disability and Access will make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of the individual’s diagnosis. The team will share functional impacts that the student is dealing with in order to best support the student.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Carlita Favero

Dr. Carlita Favero

Champion of Access

“I truly feel like [Dr. Favero’s] classroom environment is positive, inclusive, and accessible”

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Yvonne McCarthy

Dr. Yvonne McCarthy

Champion of Access

“[Dr. McCarthy] really helped me get the most out of the class”

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That quote, ‘the only disability in life is a bad attitude’, the reason that’s bullshit is … No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. No amount of standing in the middle of a bookshelf and radiating a positive attitude is going to turn all those books into braille.

– Stella Young, comedian, journalist and activist. TEDx, 2014.

Office of Disability and Access