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Office of Educational Accessibility

About Educational Accessibility


The Office of Educational Accessibility (OEA) provides support through reasonable accommodations, advocacy, and consultation to foster independence and inclusion in all areas of university life.  OEA works to break down barriers that hinder student success, and promotes inclusive best practices in the areas of teaching and learning. 

University of the Arts is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the ADA of 1990 and the ADA amended.

UArts values diverse learners and is committed to the ways in which a neurodiverse community can enhance our academic environment, advance human creativity, and deepen our University's strategic mission.  In addition, we value:

The social model of disability -- that people are often disabled by the environment, policies, and attitudes

Intersectionality -- its impact on lives, as disability intersects with all marginalized identities

Innovation, creativity and collaboration -- the notion that designing for disability drives innovation

Accessibility -- built in from the beginning and beneficial to all


Kelly Deasy, Director, Educational Accessibility

Steph Evans, Learning Access Specialist 

Gershman Hall, room 204 
401 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-717-6616 | brochure 

Registration for Services, Resources, and Information

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Registering with the Office of Educational Accessibility

Students who have a diagnosed medical, physical, psychological, and/or learning disability, may qualify for reasonable accommodations at the University of the Arts. 

To receive academic or residential accommodations students must register with the Office of Educational Accessibility. Click here for details about the registration process.

Universal Design and Accessibility Resources

OEA has a variety of resources listed to help create an inclusive campus environment.

Click here to visit our Accessibility Resources

Academic Tools and Resources for Students

An important part of success in college is staying organized and setting concrete goals.  We encourage students to create strong personal and academic skills during the semester that will become important life-long learning habits for the future.  Please see our Academic Tools & Resources page for more information.

Accommodations and Forms

Please see our Office of Educational Accessibility informational brochure for general information about OEA, accommodations, and registering for services.

Registering with the Office of Educational Accessibility

  • Pre-Intake Form - please complete this form to initiate the process of registering for academic or housing accommodations.

For Students Currently Registered with the Office of Educational Accessibility

For Students Requesting Accommodations in Residential Living