This page outlines University & Federal Policies regarding individuals with disabilities. It also provides Mason specific resources for employees and students who may have a disability. Faculty and staff would also benefit from Mason Resources and Services regarding accessibility.
University Policy Number 1201 - Non-Discrimination Policy
University Policy Number 1203 - Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations on the Basis of Disability
University Policy Number 1308 - University Information Technology Accessibility
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
Do you have a student with a known disability in your class? Visit: http://ati.gmu.edu/
Need audio description or captioning for your videos you show in class or online? Visit: http://ati.gmu.edu/media.cfm
Are you teaching a distance education (DE) course? Refer to:
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.
Northern Virginia Resource Center: For Deaf & Hard of Hearing empowers individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.
Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is here to ensure that Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and services they need to participate in society as active citizens.
Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.
US Dept. of Education - Office of Civil Rights - The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. It is a unique consortium comprised of more than 600 colleges and universities and over 300 major national employers focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. The web site offers news and events, profiles, training services, a list of sponsors, and other helpful links.
Disability.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly and easily. With just a few clicks, the site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transportation (NCSET) creates opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures. It provides technical assistance and disseminates information focused on four major areas: improved access in secondary education, positive post-school results, participation in educational and post-school decision making, improved system linkages and networks at the national, state, and local levels.
National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult offers information about employment and youth with disabilities. Materials on practices, policies, and procedures in workforce development are available as a resource for One-Stop Career Centers, state and local Workforce Investment Boards, and policymakers.
National Federation of the Blind is the nation’s largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. The web site offers links to scholarships available, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances, and the development and evaluation of technology.
The International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. The web site offers “what’s new,” frequently asked questions, a fact sheet, information regarding research, and public policy to name a few.
Schwab Learning offers a section dedicated to a guide for helping parents with children who have learning difficulties. The web site offers free, reliable, research-based content to help parents identify and manage learning and attention problems, connect with other parents, and locate helpful resources. Also available in Spanish.
DO-IT (University of Washington) - The Faculty Room is a collection of resources to help you create a classroom environment that maximizes the learning of all students, regardless of disability, can be found on your campus, on the World Wide Web, in publications, and through professional organizations.
Is your assistive technology not working with a particular Mason website or software application? We want to hear about any technology access issues you may be having. Contact Us for any questions.