About ODS

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 an inclusive experience and equal opportunity at Appalachian State University.

ODS assists eligible students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating  academic adjustments or workplace accommodations. Under Section 504 and the ADA,  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.

Equal opportunity is the foundation for success; however, it does not ensure that an individual with a disability must, or will achieve an identical result or level of achievement as persons without disabilities.  An accommodation removes barriers and provides the ability to participate in or benefit from equally. 

Mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS)

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance strive 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.