Accessible Education: Disability Services & Learning Support
AUB strives to foster an inclusive university community that welcomes, respects, and values people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. In concert with this mission, the Accessible Education Office w ithin the Office of Student Affairs exists to facilitate equal access for students with disabilities to the academic, social, and recreational activities and programs here at AUB.
To achieve this goal, the Accessible Education Office (AEO) works in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to implement services and accommodations that remove barriers to participation in a robust and well-rounded student experience. The provision of such accommodations is in accordance with the university’s commitment to these goals, AUB’s non-discrimination policy and practices, as well as relevant US federal law.
The Accessible Education Office works in an individual and confidential manner with students who choose to disclose disabilities. Upon admittance to AUB, students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact the AEO and set up an appointment to discuss his or her needs. Early disclosure to the AEO is most helpful and beneficial to all involved; therefore, students should make this appointment prior to or within the first few weeks of the semester.
Faculty and staff play an essential part in facilitating equal access for students with disabilities within the academic setting as well as non-academic aspects of student life. At minimum, we have a legal obligation under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and AUB’s non-discrimination policy to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities; however, AUB strives for a higher standard of access and inclusiveness. We view different abilities as a valued aspect of diversity and seek to foster a university community that embraces and celebrates those differences. To achieve this higher standard, the Accessible Education Office is a resource for support and guidance as well as resources and training.