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The mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is to ensure equal opportunity and access for members of the Ohio University community. Central to this mission is the development of an academic environment that is accessible to all people without the need for adaptation. While working toward the goal of full inclusion, accommodations must still be provided on an individual basis.

Accessibility Ally Award Nominations

The Accessibility Ally Award recognizes members of the Ohio University community who approach their work with students in a way that is inclusive of all abilities and supports the success and persistence of students with disabilities. As such, recipients of the award exemplify many of the following behaviors and attitudes:

  • Treats students with disabilities as valued and respected members of the community by seeing their potential to succeed and holding them to the same standards as all students;
  • Takes on multiple points of view to develop a full understanding of a student and/or the impacts of their disability to reach creative solution to provide access;
  • Demonstrates flexibility, understanding, empathy, and adaptability when working to address student concerns or newly emerging issues regarding access;
  • Invites students to discuss issues of disability and accessibility and willingly makes time to speak with a student or consult with Student Accessibility Services to address situations or arrange accommodations;
  • Encourages students to fully access accommodations and services related to their disability;
  • Understands that college students with disabilities are developing necessary skills to navigate a new system in which they are responsible for seeking accommodations and works with students in a way that is sensitive to this aspect of student development; and/or
  • Who’s primary job responsibilities do not include providing access to individuals with disabilities.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 6, 2018.

Any questions may be directed to Christy Jenkins in the Office of Student Accessibility Services.