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Disability Support Services

  • The Department of Disability Access and Advising (D2A2), located in 216 Pratt Hall, provides services to 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.

    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 impact 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 work also advise and educate the university to encourage an accessible institutional environment.

    IUP makes every effort to be accessible to students with physical disabilities, striving to provide programmatic access by moving classroom locations to provide first floor access and/or proximity to other classrooms used by the students. Students with disabilities are requested to meet with a member of the D2A2 staff upon entering IUP or upon onset of the disability. In turn, D2A2 makes every effort to discuss needs and concerns and to provide the office with documentation of the disability. After the initial semester of attendance, arrangements for early scheduling of classes can be made for students requiring accessible classes or services such as note takers or recorded books.

    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 impact 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 work also advise and educate the university to encourage an accessible institutional environment.

    Disability Access and Advising also serves students with hearing loss or visual impairments. A D2Aadviser assists in locating note takers and arranging testing accommodations. Interpreters and/or visual aides are provided through D2A2 or through OVR or BVS (Blind and Visual Services). D2A2 also assists in getting recorded textbooks through Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) or a local volunteer service, loaning four-track recorders, and arranging for test readers. Students requiring recorded textbooks, note takers, or interpreters may also utilize the early registration system provided by the office.

    Located in 216 Pratt Hall, Disability Access and Advising is open during regularly scheduled IUP hours. Visit the Parking Services for the most up-to-date ADA guides/maps of campus locations.

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