Department for Disability Access and Advising

  • The Department for Disability Access and Advising (D2A2), located in 216 Pratt Hall, provides services for students with disabilities of all kinds, including learning, physical, hearing, vision, or psychological. IUP is committed to ensuring equal access to education as intended by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Mission

    Our mission is to enhance quality and provide a platform for the inclusion of IUP students with disabilities, and others experiencing lengthier temporary disabilities, towards fully engaging in the university and its programs.

    We strive to ensure a fair and accessible learning environment where students with disabilities are able to succeed based on their own efforts and initiatives. We achieve this by working to reduce competitive disadvantages and environmental barriers that affect learning. Our faculty and staff work with and advise students, faculty, and other university personnel to coordinate accommodations for students that are compliant with federal legislation. Our faculty and staff also advise and educate the university to encourage an accessible institutional environment.

    Vision

    Our vision is a university that exceeds accessibility compliance: one that enhances the integration and success of persons with disabilities, and a campus-wide culture of access.

    D2A2: “Our students have Determination and Desire to Learn; we assist by providing Access and Advising for higher education.”

    Services of D2A2

    As a part of the Division of Student Affairs at IUP, the Department for Disability Access and Advising is here for you, the student, assisting you in your college experience by ensuring educational access and accommodations.

    D2A2 advocates on behalf of students with disabilities to ensure that the IUP campus is aware of the issues, concerns, and laws that relate to higher education and disability. The department seeks to help the campus community to better understand that every student with a disability that affects his or her life’s major functions (obvious or hidden), no matter what the student’s race, cultural background, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, should be included in any educational or cocurricular activities if he or she desires. D2A2 assists the university in providing positive, nondiscriminatory educational and cocurricular activities for persons with disabilities.

    As a student, we assign you a D2A2 adviser from within our department. While we are aware of academic courses of study, this adviser is not to take the place of your academic adviser. In addition, we provide referrals to the Academic Success Center, the Department of Developmental Studies tutorial program, the Writing Center, Health Service, the Counseling Center, and other university resources as necessary.

    Other services we provide include, but are not limited to: testing accommodations and proctoring, note takers, audio or alternate format texts, “Dear Professor” letters (letters to your professors that detail the reasonable accommodations that you are entitled to), some assistive technology and equipment loans, etc. 

    Located in 216 Pratt Hall, D2A2 is open during regularly scheduled IUP days and hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Visit Parking Services for the most up-to-date ADA guides/maps of campus locations.

  • Advising
    Students are considered primarily responsible for managing their progress towards graduation. Academic advisement is a vital support in this process.
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