Best Colleges and Universities for Disabled Students

Many colleges and universities offer special services, housing accommodations, and special accommodations in class. However, not all colleges and universities create special programs and services for their disabled student population. The following is a list of the best colleges and universities for disabled students in the United States that have gone beyond the minimum requirements of the Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Alabama - Samford University

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Samford University offers a separate application process for students with disabilities. The applications are handled directly through the Disability Resources office. In addition, the university emphasizes accessible buildings throughout the campus.

  • Samford University
  • R. W. Beeson University Center
  • Room #205
  • 800 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Box 292276
  • Birmingham, AL 35229
  • E-mail: arsherma@samford.edu
  • Phone: 205-726-4078
  • Fax: 205-726-2842
  • Skype: Disabilityresources1

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Alaska - University of Alaska Anchorage

"At the University of Alaska Anchorage, providing equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities is a campus-wide responsibility and commitment. There are two primary areas in which DSS serves: by coordinating support services for UAA students who experience disabilities. In addition to those support services, DSS promotes a Universal Design approach to encourage a barrier-free culture for everyone. When barriers do arise, DSS serves as a resource to assist in the identification of reasonable adjustments."

  • Disability Support Services
  • RH 105
  • 3211 Providence Dr.
  • Anchorage Alaska 99508
  • Phone: 786-4530
  • Fax: 786-4531
  • Email: uaa_dss@uaa.alaska.edu

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California - Diablo Valley College

  • Diablo Valley College
  • Academic/Student Services Manager
  • Room 202A
  • 321 Golf Club Road
  • Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
  • Phone: 925-685-1230 ext. 2926

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Florida - Barry University - CAL Program

  • Barry University
  • Center for Advanced Learning
  • 11300 NE 2nd Avenue
  • Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695
  • Phone: 305-899-3988/3316
  • Toll-free: 1-800-756-6000, ext. 3988/3316
  • Email: psandals@mail.barry.edu
  • Fax: 305-899-3778

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Florida - Beacon University

  • Beacon University
  • College for Learning Disability and ADHD Students
  • 105 East Main Street
  • Leesburg, Florida 34748
  • Phone: 352-787-7660
  • Fax: 352-787-0721

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Illinois - De Paul University - PLuS Program for LD and AD/HD

  • DePaul University - PLuS Program
  • 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.,
  • SC 370 Chicago, IL 60614
  • Phone: 773-325-1677
  • Fax: 773-325-3720

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Indiana - Anderson University

  • Anderson University
  • Kissinger Learning Center
  • 1100 East Fifth Street
  • Anderson, IN 46012
  • Phone: 800-428-6414
  • Director of Disability Services: 765-641-4223

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Iowa - Iowa State University

  • Iowa State University
  • Student Disability Resources
  • Dean of Students Office
  • 1076 Student Services Building
  • Ames, Iowa 50011-2222
  • Phone: 515-294-7220
  • TTY: 515-294-6635
  • Fax: 515-294-2397

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Massachusetts - American International College - LD Program

  • American International College
  • LD Program
  • 1000 State Street
  • Springfield, MA 01109
  • Phone: 800-242-3142
  • Supportive Learning Services Coordinator: 413-205-3430

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Massachusetts - Boston University

  • Office of Disability Services
  • Boston University
  • 19 Deerfield Street (2nd Floor)
  • Boston, Massachusetts 02215
  • Phone: 617-353-3658 (V/TTY)
  • Fax: 617-353-9646
  • Email: access@bu.edu

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Massachusetts - Lesley University

"Lesley University is committed to providing equal and integrated access for all qualified persons with disabilities to academic, social, cultural and recreational programs at the University. This commitment is grounded not only in the law, but also in Lesley's own commitment to the inclusion of all members of the community."

Interested applicants can view the accessibility of the campus by downloading a PDF campus map on the Disability Services page (http://www.lesley.edu/disability-services/).

  • Lesley University
  • 29 Everett Street
  • Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Phone: 617-349-8572
  • Email: access@lesley.edu

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Michigan - Finlandia University - TRiO Program

  • Finlandia University
  • TRiO Program
  • Nikander 11
  • 601 Quincy St.
  • Hancock, MI 49930
  • Phone: 906-487-7346

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Minnesota - Augsburg College - CLASS Program

  • The Center for Learning and Adaptive Student Services (CLASS)
  • Augsburg College
  • 2211 Riverside Avenue CB#57
  • Minneapolis, MN 55454
  • Phone: 612-330-1053
  • Email: class@augsburg.edu

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Minnesota - St. Catherine University - Resources for Disabilities Center

  • O'Neill Center for Academic Development
  • St. Paul campus
  • Lower level - Coeur de Catherine
  • St. Paul, MN 55105
  • oneill_center@stkate.edu

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Nebraska - Creighton University

  • Creighton University
  • Office of Disability Accommodations
  • Harper Center, Suite 4008
  • Omaha, NE 68178
  • Phone: 402-280-2749

New Jersey - Centenary College - Project ABLE and STEP Ahead

  • Centenary College
  • Office of Disability Services
  • 400 Jefferson Street
  • Hackettstown, NJ 07840-2100
  • Phone: (908) 852-1400 or (800) 236-8679
  • Director of Disability Services: 908-852-1400 ext. 2251

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New Jersey - Fairleigh Dickinson University - LD Student Program

  • RCSLD
  • Mailstop T-RH5-02
  • 1000 River Road
  • Teaneck, NJ 07666
  • Phone: 201-692-2716
  • Fax: 201-692-2813

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New York - Adelphi University - Learning Disabilities Program

  • Learning Disabilities Program
  • Chapman Hall, Room 7
  • Adelphi University
  • P.O. Box 701
  • Garden City, NY 11530-0701
  • Phone: 516-877-4710
  • Email: ldprogram@adelphi.edu

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New York - Alfred University

  • Special Academic Services
  • Crandall Hall
  • Alfred University
  • Saxon Drive
  • Alfred NY 14802
  • Phone: 607-871-2148
  • Email: Special Academic Services

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New York - Iona College - College Assistance Programs

  • Iona College
  • College Assistance Programs
  • Room 204 Amend Hall
  • 715 North Avenue
  • New Rochelle, NY 10801
  • Phone: 914-633-2226
  • Toll-free phone: 800-231-IONA (800-231-4662)

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New York - SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland emphasizes accessibility on campus. They provide Adapted Physical Education Community Programs as well as a wide variety of adaptive sports, including wheelchair sports, sled hockey and skating. Disabled students have access to assisted technology, eLearning classes, and accessible academic buildings.

  • Contacts: Ute Gomez, Coordinator
  • Diana McGee, Secretary
  • SUNY Cortland
  • Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
  • Cortland, NY 13045
  • Phone: 607-753-2066
  • Fax: 607-753-5495
  • Hours: Monday -Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., EST

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New York - SUNY Empire State College - Center for Distance Learning

The SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning may provide disabled students with another college option by providing degrees to students who complete their studies completely online.

  • SUNY Empire State College
  • 113 West Avenue
  • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-6048
  • Phone: 518-587-2100
  • Email: cdl@esc.edu

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Ohio - College of Mount St. Joseph - EXCEL Project for LD

  • Director, Project EXCEL
  • College of Mount St. Joseph
  • 5701 Delhi Road
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45233-1670
  • Phone: 513-244-4623

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Ohio - Kent State University Tuscarawas

  • Kent State University Tuscarawas
  • Office of Academic and Student Disability Services
  • 330 University Drive NE
  • New Philadelphia, OH 44663
  • Phone: 330-308-7447
  • TTY: 330-339-3391

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Pennsylvania - Clarion University

  • Clarion University
  • Wood Street
  • Clarion, PA 16214-1232
  • Phone: 800-672-7171 or 814-393-2000
  • TTY: 814-393-1601
  • Email: info@clarion.edu
  • Phone and TTY for Disability Services Office: 814-393-2095

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Pennsylvania - Community College of Allegheny County

  • Allegheny Campus
  • Disability Services
  • 808 Ridge Avenue
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15212-6097
  • Phone: 412-23-4614
  • Fax: 412-237-2721
  • TTY: 412-237-4552

South Carolina - College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston
  • Center for Disability Services
  • 66 George Street LCTR 104
  • Charleston, SC 29424
  • Phone: 843-953-1431
  • Fax: 843-953-7731
  • SC Relay System: 711 (within SC) or 1.800.735.2905 nationally

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Texas - Abilene Christian University - Alpha Scholars Program

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Alpha Scholars Program
  • Abilene, Texas 79699
  • Campus Operator: 325-674-2000
  • Admissions Helpline: 800-460-6228

Texas - Baylor University

  • Baylor University
  • Office of Access and Learning Accommodation
  • One Bear Place #97204
  • Waco, TX 76798-7204
  • Office: (254)710-3605
  • Fax: (254)710-3608
  • Testing Center: (254)710-1610

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Texas - University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin has a wide variety of services available to disabled students. Some of these services include adaptive text, adaptive testing, Communication Access Realtime Translation, and sign language interpreters. The SSD office is very active with the campus community, offering presentations and training to other campus organizations (such as campus police), to ensure a safe and inclusive community for all students.

  • University of Texas
  • 100 West Dean Keeton Street
  • Student Services Building 4.206
  • Austin, TX 78712-0175
  • Phone: 512-471-6259
  • Fax: 512-475-7730
  • Videophone: 512-410-6644
  • Email: ssd@austin.utexas.edu

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Vermont - Johnson State College

  • Johnson State University
  • The Learning Specialist
  • Academic Support Services
  • 337 College Hill
  • Johnson, VT 05656
  • Telephone: (802) 635-1259
  • TTY: (802) 635-1456
  • FAX: (802) 635-1454

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Vermont - Landmark College - Learning Disabilities Focus

Landmark College is a college completely run with LD students in mind; unlike other colleges, the entire focus of the faculty is teaching to students with learning disabilities.

  • Landmark College
  • 1 River Road South
  • Putney, Vermont 05346
  • Phone: 802-387-6718

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Washington D.C. - American University - Learning Services Program

  • American University
  • Learning Services Program
  • 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC 20016
  • Phone: 202-885-3360
  • Fax: 202-885-1042

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