Ohio University

Strategic Approaches

Disability and Accessibility Strategic Plan


Ohio University's Disability Strategic Plan for Inclusion and Accessibility, along with its vision and implementation efforts demonstrates the commitment taken to advance our efforts in becoming a more inclusive and accessible campus for those living with disabilities. To lead the implementation initiatives, the President formed a steering committee, Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) to guide the university in actualizing the six priorities within the strategic plan.

The six priorities include: 1. Leadership, 2. Assessment, 3. Inclusion, 4. Communication, 5. Universal Design and Assistive Technology, and 6. Funding and Resources.  PACDAP embraces the concept that the choices we make individually or institutionally have the potential to either remove or create barriers. These six priorities serve as guideposts to embed accessibility and inclusion into the work of every department and individual to support reduction of barriers created by our decisions.

Progress toward the plan is documented in PACDAP's annual Reports and Updates.

ADA Transition Plan


In 2018, the university concluded the RFP process to select a firm specializing in conducting ADA Transition Plans. Under the coordination and facilitation of University Planning, this firm will conduct an assessment of our buildings and pathways on the Athens Campus, to identify barriers for persons living with disabilities to accessing programs and services.  Integrating their findings into our current plans for the Campus Master Plan and other initiatives, their report will include a cost analysis and proposed timeframe for remediation. 

Construction and Renovations


Each Ohio University campus strives to maintain physical environments which are inclusive and accessible to the communities they serve. Campus environments have unique characteristics, depending on whether they are located in the foothills of Appalachia or the plains situated to the west of Columbus. Building structures date from the University’s founding in the early 1800s to construction or renovations completed within the past year and pathways are regularly upgraded. The Office of Architecture, Design and Construction currently seeks input and advice from professionals with expertise in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design during their regular processes and projects for new construction and renovations. The ADA and universal design are regularly reviewed and updated in the University Design Standards.

Accessibility Liaisons


The Accessibility Liaisons are a diverse group of individuals (students, faculty, and staff) who may be persons living with a broad range of disabilities, those who work in positions that directly serve individuals living with disabilities or promoting accessibility, and those who understand the world of disability (parents, faculty, colleagues, advocates, family members, etc.). This group serves as an internal resource to the University community and serves as liaisons to the City of Athens Commission on Disabilities. Additionally, the Accessibility Liaisons, through the Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the City of Athens, collaborate with the Athens City Commission on Disability. 

Please contact co-chairs Dianne Bouvieror Christy Jenkins if your department seeks input from persons who understand disability impact in provision of your service and program. Membership for this group is selected annually, with some members participating over multiple years.