Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services at Transylvania University is committed to helping students reach their individual and academic goals by providing equitable academic access through reasonable accommodations for students with both visible and non-visible disabilities.  In compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Student Accessibility Services works with students to develop a plan for academic as well as residential accommodations.

Academic Accommodations
room in residence hall
Residential Accommodations
Service and Emotional Support Animals

Definition of a Disability

As outlined in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a student with a disability is defined as anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking or learning, as well as many others.

In addition to those who may have visible disabilities, the definition includes those with a range of non-visible disabilities. These include but are not limited to: psychological issues, learning differences or chronic health impairments such as epilepsy, diabetes, lupus, cancer, HIV/AIDS and more.

Student Accessibility Services: 

  • Provides equitable opportunities for full participation in academics as well as activities outside of the classroom
  • Dissolves the stigma associated with having a visible or non-visible disability, using accommodations, and seeking/receiving assistance from the Office of Student Accessibility Services
  • Strengthens self-advocacy skills and improve study skills within a challenging academic environment
  • Increases awareness of potential barriers to access, so that Transylvania University can become an even more inclusive and welcoming institution


  • Emotional Support Animal approval
  • Academic & residential accommodations