Disability Access

Disability Access

Syracuse University celebrates and supports disability as a culture and identity – it offered the nation’s first disability studies program. The disability access team promotes the full inclusion of campus members and visitors in classrooms, workspaces, and event venues through its equity-minded reasonable accommodations process, and through access consultations and professional development offerings.

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Understanding Disability Access

What is disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is defined as: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or major bodily functions, the record of such an impairment (for example, someone having recovered from cancer or a serious illness), or being regarded by others as having an impairment (such as individuals with facial scarring).

What is access?

The equitable enjoyment, use, and experience of benefits from programs, services and environments by people with disabilities.

Why is disability access important?

People with disabilities are a historically marginalized and excluded diverse population. Syracuse University recognizes the significance of disability access as it ensures that all campus members with and without disability have an equitable campus experience.

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Disability Access Services

Reasonable Accommodations

Modify workplace practices, policies, or spaces to ensure employees with disabilities can perform their essential job functions.


Offering guidance to schools, colleges, divisions and departments regarding disability access issues and professional development needs.

Learning and Development

Provide professional development sessions to campus members that enhance their understanding of disability and access.

Campus Wide Disability Resources

Student Resources

Staff and Faculty Resources

All Campus Resources