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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 universitys 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 | book an appointment

Registration for Services, Resources & 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 University of the Arts. 

To receive academic or residential accommodations, students must register with the Office of Educational Accessibility. Learn more about the registration process.

Academic Tools & 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 lifelong learning habits for the future. In addition, OEA offers one-on-one academic support for students. See our Academic Tools & Resources page for more information.

Accommodations and Forms

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

    For Students Currently Registered with the Office of Educational Accessibility

    For Students Requesting Accommodations in Residential Living

    Registering with the Office of Educational Accessibility

    • Pre-Intake form: Complete this form to initiate the process of registering for academic or housing accommodations.
    Universal Design and Accessibility Resources

    Resources on universal/inclusive design for learning, accessible materials, video and audio captioning, and more are available. 

    See our Universal Design and Accessibility Resources page for more information.