Connecting with ODR

ODR Role & Mission


Appalachian State University is committed to non-discrimination on the basis of disability and is responsible for adhering to disability compliance requirements.

The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) is the designated office at Appalachian for the promotion of equity, access, and civil rights on the basis of a disability. Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in addition to other federal, state, and local civil rights laws related to disability, ODR works diligently to provide an inclusive experience and equal opportunity at Appalachian to individuals with disabilities.

ODR determines access needs, applicable University resources/supports and eligibility of appropriate accommodations (adjustments, auxiliary aids/services and reasonable modifications) on the basis of disability at Appalachian for students, employees, and visitors.

ODR is responsible for oversight of accessibility of programs, services and activities; disability compliance requirements; eligibility of appropriate academic adjustments or modifications, auxiliary aids, services and reasonable workplace accommodations; facilitation of the removal of existing disability related barriers within the built environment; and addressing disability related concerns.

ODR maintains a working knowledge of changing regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities, including: FERPA, Section 504, and the ADA, including ADA standards and regulations for Accessible Design; Fair Housing Act; Equal Employment Opportunity and other disability related civil rights law and regulations.


The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) provides leadership through campus collaborations and intentional partnerships to cultivate an inclusive and accessible living, learning, and working environment resulting in the full inclusion of people with disabilities at Appalachian State University

 How to Connect with Us!

ODR provides various resources for the campus community. 

  • Provides consultation, guidance, and support to the overall campus community, students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Serve as advocates for individuals with disabilities while promoting independence, self-determination, and responsibility. 
  • Deliver training and resources for faculty, staff, and administration around accessibility and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.
  • Determines eligibility for appropriate academic adjustments and reasonable workplace accommodations.
  • Assists in identifying applicable resources, both on and off campus, to support individuals in managing disability related impacts.



Ways to connect


SHRA & EHRA Employee


Campus Constituents 

(Academic Departments, Administrative Offices, etc.)

  • Consultations on accessibility and inclusion

  • Education and training 

  • Reviews of academic program standards, essential course or program requirements, and technical & performance standards

  • Hosting accessible events



Request a Training!

ODR provides a wide range of educational opportunities and training for various audiences across campus. Our goal is to connect with our campus community around the topic of disability, inclusion and accessibility while supporting campus partners as they navigate disability-related topics in their own education, careers, and lives. Education from ODR can be appropriate for any individual, regardless of their experience with disability, whether you are an expert in the field or learning about disability for the first time. Our presentations can be varied in length and topic, to cater towards the individual needs of your group. 

ODR staff can provide workshops upon request on topics such as:

  • Overview of the Office of Disability Resources
  • Accessible Materials
  • Title 1: Employee Accommodations
  • Disability Allyship & Advocacy
  • Disability Inclusion
  • Resources for Disability Management vs. Disability Accommodations
  • Service Animals vs Emotional Support Animals

To request a training session, please complete the ODR Training Request Form.

For questions regarding education and training from the Office of Disability Resources.