The Mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS)
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance strives to ensure that the dignity of students, employees and campus visitors is upheld when equal access to education and employment is guaranteed, respectful treatment is assured, and an appreciation of differences is fostered for all members of the university community.
ODS works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access at ASU by broadening disability awareness, removing barriers to provide an inclusive environment, and providing reasonable accommodations.
The Role of the Office of Disability Services (ODS)
Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of Appalachian State University that no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. ODS works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access at Appalachian State University.
ODS assists eligible students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities by determining and coordinating reasonable academic or workplace accommodations. Under Section 504 and the ADA, reasonable accommodations are determined individually and are intended to minimize the effects of the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability in order for a qualified individual to have equal access to programs, services and activities.