Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations Beginning March 16, 2020

The Office for Accessible Education (OAE) staff will work remotely to assist students and faculty with transitioning to online courses and remote services. OAE staff will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. 

Student Appointments:

Students can schedule appointments with their Accessibility Counselors. Meetings will be held via phone, Google Meet, or Zoom. Please include a current phone number with your request. 

New Student Appointments:

Students who wish to register with OAE, please review the Students Seeking to Register section. You will be able to schedule an appointment with a future Accessibility Counselor as well as complete an Accommodation Request Form electronically. 

Faculty Appointments:

Faculty can schedule appointments with Accessibility Counselors based on their last name. A-L will meet with Samantha Pollard and M-Z will meet with Dario Bayardo. OAE staff can assist with online accommodation questions, extending testing time in Blackboard, and ClockWork questions. 

Student Resources:

Study and organization tips

Faculty Resources:

Extending test time in Blackboard

 

Welcome to the Office for Accessible Education

The Office for Accessible Education (OAE) works to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the Loyola campus at large, including the physical environment and university-sponsored programs, services and activities. Through collaboration with the institution's diverse community, Accessible Education facilitates accommodations, discourse, and engagement to promote a universally accessible learning environment for all. 

An important movement is underway for OAE to reframe its role and become a model of universal design and the social response to disability. We shift the disability paradigm from the medical model to the social model of disability through the promotion of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which is a set of principles for curriculum development to include all students regardless of exceptionality. The core notion of UDL is that learner variability is the norm and it means the difference between proactive instructional design and reactive accommodations. We believe the application of the social model and UDL has the potential to transform our University and create accessible and inclusive learning environments, which gives all students equal opportunities to learn, regardless of disability status. 

Visit the Students Seeking to Register page for more information and to make an appointment with an Accessibility Counselor.
 

Overview

Formerly called the Office for Disability Services, the Office for Accessible Education (OAE) helps to facilitate access to academic courses and university programs and activities for students. OAE is reframing its role and becoming a model of universal design and the social response to disability. We are leading the university to consider "what must be done" rather than "what can be done" and shifting the disability paradigm from the medical model to the social model of disability. 

Students who are interested in receiving additional support through our office should contact us for more information.