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.
Who We Are
Accessibility & Disability Services (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 a 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 Towson University 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 and mental health
disabilities. The office also works with students with some temporary impairments,
Students are encouraged to register with ADS soon after enrolling at the university
to ensure timely provision of services. We recommend that 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 thatattending students had an average GPA of 3.03 (B grade) as compared to a 2.78 grade
(C+)for non-attending students.