Educational Accessibility

Accessibility and the University of the Arts

Accommodations are tailored to the specific needs of each individual student in order to most effectively remove barriers and will, therefore, differ from student to student.

While disclosure of an impairment is voluntary, students are highly encouraged to meet with the Educational Accessibility Advisor as early in their UArts career as possible to ensure the highest levels of access and support.

Please call our office at 215-717-6818 and ask to make an appointment with Dr. David J. Thomas.

You can also make an appointment online 24 hours a day at

Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Educational Accessibility is to enable citizen artists to succeed, creatively and personally, at the University of the Arts, and beyond, by removing barriers and by promoting acceptance and accessibility in all University programs, activities, and facilities. We are committed to inspiring, educating, and preparing innovative artists and creative leaders for the arts of the 21st century. We do this by directing each student’s quest for creative self-expression toward a productive role in society that we might stimulate and influence not only our students but the very disciplines they study. The mission of the Office of Educational Accessibility embraces student learning and development by tailoring the accommodations and interventions for students with disabilities to meet them where they are developmentally and to develop the skills necessary to self-advocate.

The primary mandate of the Office of Educational Accessibility is to provide leadership and facilitate equal access to all institutional opportunities for disabled individuals.  The Office of Educational Accessibility provides institution-wide advisement, consultation, and training on disability related topics, including legal and regulatory compliance, universal design, and disability scholarship.  The Office of Educational Accessibility collaborates with partners to identify and remove barriers to foster an all inclusive campus and provides individual services and facilitates accommodations for students with disabilities. 

Diversity Statement and Statement of Non-discrimination
The Office of Educational Accessibility does not discriminate on the basis of ability; age; cultural identity; ethnicity; family educational history; gender identity and expression; nationality; political affiliation; race; religious affiliation; sex; sexual orientation; economic, marital, social, or veteran status; or any other basis included in institutional policies and codes and laws. 


Dr. David J. Thomas
Educational Accessibility Advisor
ADA/504 Coordinator

The Office of Educational Accessibility is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance and advocacy for students under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Office of Educational Accessibility adheres to the standards as set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) for Student Disability Resources and Services.

Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (pdf)

The Office of Educational Accessibility deals with issues of access and barrier removal for students and members of the public.  All questions regarding accommodations for Faculty and Staff should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.