The Office of Accessibility

So that all students at Lourdes University have an equal opportunity for personally and academically rewarding experiences, the Office of Accessibility Services provides reasonable accommodations, support services, and auxiliary aids for students with disabilities and/or medical conditions. The Office of Accessibility Services administers accommodations for eligible students to remove barriers to full participation in University life.

Accommodations are individually designed and based on the specific needs of each student as identified by our Office of Accessibility Services. Some examples include approval for service and support animals, extended test-taking time, note-taking services and alternative format textbooks.

Accessibility Services brochures that provide accessibility and parking information are available at the Welcome Center and the Office of Accessibility Services, located in the Academic Success Center.

Disabilities served include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Communication disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Auditory, mobility, systemic, emotional and visual conditions

We realize that circumstances differ among individuals. If you are having problems with your classes, your disability, and/or your accomodations, please talk with the Office of Accessibility Services so that adjustments can be discussed. It is important to address the small problems before they become large.

Students who wish to register with the Office of Accessibility Services for accommodations should follow this three step process:

  1. Complete a Disability Disclosure and Accommodation Request Form online or on campus at the Office of Accessibility Services.
  2. Submit documentation of a disability to the OAS via fax, email, or in-person. The following forms can be helpful, and usually can be dropped off at a qualifying health care provider’s office for completion:
    • Healthcare Provider Documentation Form
    • A letter from a health care provider that includes the following information may be submitted:
      – must be on letterhead with date and signature
      – include a diagnostic statement of the disability with date of diagnosis
      – severity of disability/medical condition
      – impact of disability in relation to accommodations requested
      – recommended accommodations that may assist the student in minimizing the impact of the condition
    • Students who have an IEP or 504 plan from high school may submit this documentation for consideration, as often this provides diagnosis and prior accommodations information.
  3. Once information is received in our office and reviewed, we will contact you through your Lourdes University email for an intake appointment to discuss the impact of the disability/medical condition in relation to your academics, information from the documentation, and accommodations. Students are not considered registered with the Office of Accessibility Services until after the intake appointment.

If you would like to discuss the registration process, please contact:

Cait Dickey, ADAC
Office of Accessibility Coordinator


Accessibility Resources in the Surrounding Community