Accessibility & Disability Services

Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS) serves students with various disabilities and some temporary impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities. The ADS staff is available to answer questions about accommodations and services as well as to provide information about other resources on and off campus.

Students in front of Administration Building

Remote Office Operations

Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) is committed to ensuring that our current students, as well as faculty and staff, are provided with disability support during this transition to remote office operations and distance learning. All ADS staff are working remotely to facilitate accommodations and services, and are available to address your questions and concerns.

Information pertaining to updates about testing can be found on Testing Services Center.

CONTACTING ADS

In-person meetings or testing appointments are NOT available at this time. ADS staff will be answering their email and voice mail messages Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • ADS voice mail messages will be checked in the morning and afternoon and forwarded to staff 
  • all meetings and intakes will be offered virtually using tele-conference platforms (i.e., WebEx or Zoom) or by phone

Tips for Faculty

Accessible Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

Our Faculty and Staff Resources page is up-to-date with the necessary information to providing access in all forms of learning environments, including online courses. 

The Office of Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) is available to support both faculty and students through the transition to remote teaching and learning.

GENERAL INQUIRIES/NEW STUDENTS

Students seeking to register with ADS, complete the online application and submit documentation of your disability by email to . We are also accepting documentation via fax at 410-704-4247. 

NOTE TAKING ACCOMMODATIONS

Email  or contact your ADS specialist if you have questions or concerns.

TIPS YOUR ADS SPECIALIST WANTS YOU TO KNOW

  1. Stay organized. Create folders/files in a way that makes sense to you. Keep a copy of everything you submit in the event that a technology problem requires you to resubmit it — even your discussion forum posts.
  2. Manage time wisely by a following a daily schedule. Just as you might attend a face-to-face lecture at a regular time each week, you should schedule time in your personal calendar to study the materials in your online course and complete assignments. Treat those blocks of time as seriously as you would a face-to-face class by adhering to them, and let others know you are unavailable during those times. Keep a close eye on assignment due dates, adding those to your personal calendar as well.
  3. Manage your expectations. This is a challenging transition. Please know the university is working hard to provide a positive learning environment. Try to be flexible and adaptive at this time, knowing that there will be “bumps in the road” and you have resources available to help you, including your ADS specialist.
  4. Know your resources and when to seek help. Your instructor is still there to help you in a virtual classroom. Just like when you are in a face-to-face classroom, university support services are still there as well.

Adjusting Your Study Habits

Adjusting your studying habits can give you a sense of control. Learn more about Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID (PDF).

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES:

Who We Are

ADS is part of the Towson University commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive campus that is welcoming to all. ADS collaborates with students, faculty and staff to ensure equal opportunity and create an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities.

ADS provides accommodations and services to students with disabilities who register with our office. Students initiate the process of registering by completing an ADS application. Accommodations are based on documentation of the disability and a personal interview.

The office is staffed with ADS specialists from various professional backgrounds who work with students on an individual basis by providing assistance, support, consultation and advocacy. ADS includes a Testing Services Center that provides testing accommodations to students registered with ADS. The office also works with students and partners across campus to remove barriers and promote accessibility.

Who We Serve

ADS serves enrolled TU students with documented disabilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • learning
  • physical/mobility
  • vision
  • hearing
  • chronic health
  • mental health disabilities

The office also works with students with some temporary impairments, as appropriate.   

Students are encouraged to register with ADS soon after enrolling at the university to ensure timely provision of services. We recommend students maintain regular contact with our office, especially during their first year. This contact provides the opportunity for ADS staff to guide students and to work with them proactively to address any issues that may arise.   

Why Attend ADS Orientation?

A recent ADS study comparing transfer students who attended the ADS Transfer Orientation Program with transfer students who did not attend showed that attending students had an average GPA of 3.03 (B grade) as compared to a 2.78 grade (C+) for non-attending students.

Events

Contact Information

Accessibility & Disability Services

Location
Administration Building
Suite 232-235 (Map)
Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.