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.
Remote Office Operations
Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) is committed to ensuring that ourcurrent 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
Students seeking to register with ADS, complete the online application and submit
documentation of your disability by email totuads AT_TOWSON. We are also accepting documentation via fax at 410-704-4247.
NOTE TAKING ACCOMMODATIONS
Emailtuads AT_TOWSON or contact your ADS specialist if you have questions or concerns.
TIPS YOUR ADS SPECIALIST WANTS YOU TO KNOW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:
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 thatattending students had an average GPA of 3.03 (B grade) as compared to a 2.78 grade
(C+)for non-attending students.