David J. Thomas

Educational Accessibility Advisor and ADA/504 Coordinator
access@uarts.edu; djthomas@uarts.edu

David J. Thomas, Ph.D. was appointed as the Educational Accessibility Advisor and the University's ADA/504 Coordinator in July 2012. In this capacity, he is the senior campus official responsible for implementation and compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Dr. Thomas also serves on the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of the Sciences and on the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and the Mental Health Advisory Council. 

Dr. Thomas has held appointments as a faculty member in the Division of Liberal Arts and Museum Studies at UArts and in the English Departments of the City University of Seattle, Old Dominion University, Temple University and Virginia Wesleyan College. He is an active researcher and has conducted field research and presented papers and workshops across Europe, Asia, and North America.  His research focuses on the intersections of disability, education, and culture . He also serves as an accessibility and curricular consultant for colleges and universities in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Virginia as the Higher Education and Design Principal for Independence Access Associates, LLC, in Drexel Hill, PA.

Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, a B.A. in Individualized Integrative Studies in Dramaturgy, and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Old Dominion University. He studied Opera Performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Linguistic Society of America Institute at Stanford University.