Role of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR)
Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of Appalachian State University that no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
ODR is the designated office to assist eligible students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating academic adjustments or workplace accommodations. Under Section 504 and the ADA, accommodations are determined individually and are intended to minimize the effects of the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability in order for a qualified individual to have equal access to programs, services and activities.
Equal opportunity is the foundation for success; however, it does not ensure that an individual with a disability must, or will achieve an identical result or level of achievement as persons without disabilities. An accommodation removes barriers and provides the ability to participate in or benefit from equally.
ODR works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided an inclusive experience and equal opportunity at Appalachian State University by broadening disability awareness, striving to remove barriers and determining/coordinating reasonable accommodations.