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Accessibility Services

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) strives to provide wholistic support for our students with disabilities and educate the campus community about disability through information sharing and purposeful dialogue.

STAFF

Marie Saddlemire, Ph.D.

Director, Accessibility Services
401-232-6532

Robin Bessette

Assistant for the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) & Accessibility Services
401-232-6429

Marie Saddlemire, Ph.D.

Director, Accessibility Services
401-232-6532

Robin Bessette

Assistant for the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) & Accessibility Services
401-232-6429

Students who requested accommodations during previous semesters met with an assigned specialist in Health Services, Counseling Services, and/or Access Services. To streamline the process and better meet the needs of students with disabilities, services were centralized under the “Office of Accessibility Services.”  Documents relevant to past accommodation requests and reviewed by John Denio or Dr. Noelle Harris were transferred to OAS and will be stored securely in Banner. Students will continue to use Banner through the Fall 2022 term for accommodation requests, which will be reviewed and approved by Marie Saddlemire. Dr. Saddlemire’s office is in the Academic Center for Excellence and Writing Center, Room 275 of the Unistructure.

The newly built Academic Testing Center is also part of the Office of Accessibility Services. The Center, located on the Upper Floor of the MRC wing of the Unistructure, has a large, distraction-reduced room with privacy carrels, individual testing space, lockers for secure storage of personal items, a waiting area, and an accessible bathroom. Information about services and our new staff is coming soon!

Students who requested accommodations during previous semesters met with an assigned specialist in Health Services, Counseling Services, and/or Access Services. To streamline the process and better meet the needs of students with disabilities, services were centralized under the “Office of Accessibility Services.”  Documents relevant to past accommodation requests and reviewed by John Denio or Dr. Noelle Harris were transferred to OAS and will be stored securely in Banner. Students will continue to use Banner through the Fall 2022 term for accommodation requests, which will be reviewed and approved by Marie Saddlemire. Dr. Saddlemire’s office is in the Academic Center for Excellence and Writing Center, Room 275 of the Unistructure.

The newly built Academic Testing Center is also part of the Office of Accessibility Services. The Center, located on the Upper Floor of the MRC wing of the Unistructure, has a large, distraction-reduced room with privacy carrels, individual testing space, lockers for secure storage of personal items, a waiting area, and an accessible bathroom. Information about services and our new staff is coming soon!

Disability is a form of diversity and respect for the differences among our students, faculty, and staff is woven into the Bryant University mission. Accommodation provides equal access to course material, physical spaces, campus events, and more. Bryant University adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Staff in the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) recognize that providing access is only the first step in fostering inclusion and belonging. OAS strives to provide wholistic support for our students with disabilities and educate the campus community about disability through information sharing and purposeful dialogue.

Disability is a form of diversity and respect for the differences among our students, faculty, and staff is woven into the Bryant University mission. Accommodation provides equal access to course material, physical spaces, campus events, and more. Bryant University adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Staff in the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) recognize that providing access is only the first step in fostering inclusion and belonging. OAS strives to provide wholistic support for our students with disabilities and educate the campus community about disability through information sharing and purposeful dialogue.

A diagnosis that qualifies as a disability under the law does not prescribe how someone identifies themselves. Know that the Office of Accessibility Services uses the word disability in the legal sense and as a starting point. Students are encouraged to share thoughts and preferences with our staff about the language they use to express their identities.

A diagnosis that qualifies as a disability under the law does not prescribe how someone identifies themselves. Know that the Office of Accessibility Services uses the word disability in the legal sense and as a starting point. Students are encouraged to share thoughts and preferences with our staff about the language they use to express their identities.

Students may reflect on the following questions as they decide whether to request accommodations:

  1. Have you been diagnosed with a physical, psychiatric, or neurodevelopmental disability or disorder?
  2. Did you have an IEP/504 or similar success plan in high school? Were accommodations approved for your use while enrolled at another college or university?
  3. Does your disability impact daily functioning in the University environment, either chronically or episodically?

Students may reflect on the following questions as they decide whether to request accommodations:

  1. Have you been diagnosed with a physical, psychiatric, or neurodevelopmental disability or disorder?
  2. Did you have an IEP/504 or similar success plan in high school? Were accommodations approved for your use while enrolled at another college or university?
  3. Does your disability impact daily functioning in the University environment, either chronically or episodically?
  1. Complete the online application. (See link to instructions below.)
  2. Once the application is complete, a staff person from the Office of Accessibility Services will contact the student and schedule an intake appointment. Conversation during intake, combined with relevant documentation, will inform OAS staff decisions about accommodation approvals.
  3. The student will complete the Accommodation Request for the Current Semester. This must be sent EVERY semester, including winter or summer class sessions. Without your request, the Office of Accommodation Services will not notify your new professors.

Please refer to the instructions for completing the application and semester request forms:

Instructions for Completing the Application (To be completed once)

Instructions for Submitting an Accommodation Request for the Current Semester (To be completed at the beginning of each term)

  1. Complete the online application. (See link to instructions below.)
  2. Once the application is complete, a staff person from the Office of Accessibility Services will contact the student and schedule an intake appointment. Conversation during intake, combined with relevant documentation, will inform OAS staff decisions about accommodation approvals.
  3. The student will complete the Accommodation Request for the Current Semester. This must be sent EVERY semester, including winter or summer class sessions. Without your request, the Office of Accommodation Services will not notify your new professors.

Please refer to the instructions for completing the application and semester request forms:

Instructions for Completing the Application (To be completed once)

Instructions for Submitting an Accommodation Request for the Current Semester (To be completed at the beginning of each term)

All students must upload documentation from a qualified medical professional that includes (1) diagnosis(es), (2) how the diagnosis(es) impacts daily functioning in the university setting and (3) accommodations recommended by the provider. The OAS staff will accept documentation such as a letter from a qualified provider, neuropsychological evaluation results, and a recent Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. Students’ files are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the documentation needed may vary.

All students must upload documentation from a qualified medical professional that includes (1) diagnosis(es), (2) how the diagnosis(es) impacts daily functioning in the university setting and (3) accommodations recommended by the provider. The OAS staff will accept documentation such as a letter from a qualified provider, neuropsychological evaluation results, and a recent Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. Students’ files are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the documentation needed may vary.

Ask our staff about the PAWS (Promoting Access, Wellness, and Success) Mentoring Program and the Delta Alpha Pi (DAPi) Honor Society for students with disabilities! Through these programs, students support one another and educate the campus community about disability.

Ask our staff about the PAWS (Promoting Access, Wellness, and Success) Mentoring Program and the Delta Alpha Pi (DAPi) Honor Society for students with disabilities! Through these programs, students support one another and educate the campus community about disability.