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UNCG Resources for Students with Disabilities

The Academic Achievement Center challenges students to become independent and successful learners. We provide Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Academic Skills development.

Career & Professional Development can assist students with choosing a major, assessing your skills and interests, exploring how your disability may impact career plans, arranging internships or finding summer jobs. A career counselor trained to assist students with disabilities is on staff.

All Computer Science Tutoring is free for students and no appointment is necessary. Tutoring is provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Tutors are available for lower level Computer Science courses in the Petty 211 Computer Lab. These tutors can assist with general programming and system issues, but class-specific issues should still be discussed with the instructor.

Counseling & Psychological Services offers a wide range of services designed to support and challenge your personal growth, academic success, and emotional health.  We serve provide services and programs to promote positive mental health throughout the University community for enrolled UNC Greensboro students. Counseling & Psychological Services also offers support groups, workshops, and support spaces for students, additional information can be found on the Counseling & Psychological Services website.

Dean of Students Office works with students, their families, faculty and staff in creating and sustaining a culture of care at UNC-Greensboro. Some of the matters frequently addressed by DOS include but are not limited to: emergency management, incident reporting, supportive services (i.e. retroactive withdrawals, suspension, grade, and refund appeals), discrimination complaints, and conduct/academic code concerns and/or violations.

University policy requires that all students living on campus contract a dining plan. If a student has a dietary requirement, every effort is made to meet the student’s individual need. The director of Spartan Dining should be contacted for additional information concerning this service.

Students who plan to live on campus and need accommodations should speak with Housing and Residence Life and OARS. For more information refer to our Housing Accommodations page.

Free language tutoring in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish is provided by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Jackson Library is accessible at the north side of the building and through the Elliott University Center connector. The Superlab is equipped with software such as JAWS, Kurzweil, Read & Write Gold and Zoomtext. Students are encouraged to make an appointment through the Circulation Desk when library assistance is needed in the stacks.

Math Help Center
The Math Help Center provides free tutoring to UNCG students enrolled in 100-200 level courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Face to face students have access to in-person tutoring in Curry 210. Online students have access to virtual tutoring (link in Canvas).

The Modified Foreign Language Program allows students with documented learning disabilities and students with demonstrable longstanding difficulties learning a foreign language. The class is designed to meet the needs of at-risk foreign language learners with accommodation for their special needs. Students agree to a rigorous commitment to the program. An application is required to participate in the program.

Explore the robust resources available to you through the UNCG School of Nursing Website. From advising to student organizations to important documents, we have what you need.

All students are required to purchase parking permits from Parking Services. Students who have a “handicapped” emblem are allowed to park in any legal parking space on campus, as well as those designated for the disabled, as long as a campus parking permit is displayed. Students are required to register their handicapped sticker with Parking Services upon registering for a UNC-Greensboro sticker.

The Psychological Services provided at the UNCG Psychology Clinic employ evidence-based treatment models. The clinic offers many services to include but not limited to adult therapy, psychological evaluations and group therapy. To learn more, please visit the Psychology Clinic.

The Department of Recreation & Wellness

is to provide intentional experiential opportunities for students and the UNC- Greensboro community that promote healthy behaviors and foster student development.

The Speaking Center assists students in preparation and delivery of speeches. Students can work with staff individually or attend various workshops throughout the semester. A list of current workshops and operating hours is located on the Speaking Center Website.

The Student First Office serves as an academic one stop-shop for assisting students with academic advising, academic recover, academic transition, appeals, and graduation planning.  Additionally, the office is the centralized academic advising center for all exploratory (undecided students at UNC-Greensboro.

Student Health Services provide therapeutic and preventive healthcare to students. Regular clinical and pharmaceutical services are available during posted hours. A health educator is available to and provide information concerning a variety of health-related issues. Students with disabilities or special medical concerns are encouraged to make these known to Student Health personnel.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a peer-facilitated review program that supports select challenging undergraduate courses. SI focuses on providing student-to-student engagement with challenging material from large lecture classes. Engagement is facilitated by a peer who has taken the course before and been successful in it.

TRiO supports federally funded programs that serve undergraduate students who are first generation, low income, students with disabilities (SSS), and/or Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, or Pacific Islander (McNair).

The Writing Center offers UNC-Greensboro students individual assistance. Students can use services in each phase of their writing assignments. Services are offered on a walk-in basis. 

The VACC Clinic provides mental health services at an affordable price. They offer a variety of counseling services (e.g., individual, couple, family, and group counseling) as well as workshops and consultations.

Student FAQ

Records for students with disabilities are maintained in the OARS office until 5 years after the last semester of enrollment. Documents that relate to the student’s disability are not a part of the academic record in the Registrar’s Office. Disability documentation and release of information is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). An explanation of FERPA and policies governing release of records may be accessed at The Registrar’s Office. OARS maintains a secure computer database.

Correspondence to students registered with OARS will generally be by electronic mail. Students are responsible for checking their university assigned e-mail accounts for access to announcements.

After you fill out your Welcome Form, you will be able to decide where your information is released.

All documentation submitted to the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) will remain in the office, separate from a student’s academic record.

A student only needs to register with OARS once. However, if a request for alternate accommodations is made, then additional documentation may be requested to support the request. Under the Federal Education and Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) institutions are only required to keep academic records for five years. If students are returning to UNCG after an extended absence, OARS may ask that they provide current documentation outlining their functional limitations.

If a student is expecting a classroom accommodation, then they are responsible for telling their instructors they have a disability and providing them with an OARS accommodation letter from the OARS office. Details specific to the disability do not have to be disclosed. OARS counselors work closely with students to assist them with the self-disclosure process.

All students at UNC-Greensboro have the right to be treated fairly. Students who feel they have been treated unfairly should immediately report their concerns to the team in OARS.

The first step a student should take is to contact OARS. Additional procedures are outlined in our Grievance Procedure.

504 plans and individualized educational plans are sometimes sufficient documentation. Please send what you have and OARS will let you know if additional information is needed.

Students with a temporary disability may be temporarily served by OARS staff. Accommodations will be provided based on the needs outlined in the documentation the student provides. Please note that the University does not offer transportation or special parking services to students.

We need documentation in order to provide individualized accommodations based on a student’s functional limitations associated with their disability. Without this documentation, we will not be able to determine the necessary accommodations to assist students.

Students can get tested anywhere as long as the appropriate licensed professional is conducting the testing. There are two UNCG clinics that can conduct testing for various disabilities for a fee.

The Psychology Clinic is located in the Department of Psychology, Visit their website with information on how to schedule an appointment. Diagnostic procedures are available for learning disabilities and other psychological disorders.

The Speech and Hearing Center is located in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 300 Ferguson Building on the campus of UNCG. Services included hearing evaluations, central auditory processing evaluations, hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, electronystagmography, and electrophysiology.

Once documentation is submitted to our office, it becomes part of our permanent records. We are unable to make copies of documentation once it has been submitted to our office; however, we can forward the documentation to an authorized party (ex. another university) if a student signs a release form permitting us to do so. We suggest that students make copies of their documentation for their own personal records prior to submitting them to OARS.

Each standardized test requires different documentation for accommodations. Students should review the appropriate websites for specific requirements and speak with an OARS staff member after reviewing these requirements. Please note that documentation required to register with OARS may be distinctly different than the documentation that is required by the testing organization.

External Resources

Greensboro Discount Medical Supply
Call/email for availability.
Delivery and pickup available.
Prices for day, weekly, or monthly
They offer: Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 3 Wheel, Pride Go Go Sport 4 Wheel, Wheelchairs, Transport Chairs, Knee Walkers

Access, Mobility, Repair & Rental
You must make an appointment
Prices for day, week, and month
Fee for delivery and pick up services

Mobility International, USA
Empowering people with disabilities around the world by ensuring their inclusion in international exchange and international development programs.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program
The North Carolina Assistive Technology is a state and federally funded program that provides services to people of all ages and abilities to promote awareness of various types of assistive technology.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)

Division TEACCH at UNC-Chapel Hill

CAST
Accessibility makes resources and products that are well designed and implemented usable for individuals with disabilities.

Web Accessibility for All, University of Wisconsin

Bookshare

Access Board
An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility requirements for the built environment, provides technical assistance and training, and enforces standards. Home of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines and Standards.

NC AgrAbility
The vision of AgrAbility is to educate and assist farmers, ranchers, farm workers and their family members farming with disabilities to enable them to stay actively engaged in production agriculture.

NC Divisions of Services for the Blind
The Division of Services for the Blind provides services to people who visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment.

Employment and Independence for People with Disabilities
NC Employment and Independence for People with Disabilities, formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation, provides assistive technology, client assistance programs, community rehabilitation services, disability determination services, employment services, and independent living rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities.

Office for Civil Rights
OCR ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

United States Department of Justice
A Federal government website that provides information on disability rights.

Housing Rights of Disabled Tenants

TAP – Making Homes Accessible: AT & Home Modifications
A resource guide produced by the RESNA Technical Assistance Project that provides information about assistive technology and home modifications.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development
A one-stop compilation of information on housing and people with disabilities.

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Independent Living assists eligible individuals with significant disabilities in obtaining services that would “Provide an alternative to institutionalization, when possible; Improve functioning in one’s family, home and community; and Assist in preparing a person for a vocational rehabilitation program.”

Berkeley Center for Independent Living
One of the founding organizations and national leaders in helping people with disabilities live independently and become full members of society.

Independent Living Research Utilization
A program of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Baylor College, the ILRU is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.

Independent Living for People with Disabilities
Independent Living helps consumers live a more independent life. IL provides an alternative to living in a nursing home or other facility for eligible individuals. Services are person-centered and may be provided directly, purchased or coordinated through other community resources. If the Independent Living program is unable to meet a person’s needs, that individual may be referred to other partners for services as appropriate.

Institute on Independent Living
An international organization whose purpose is to promote the personal and political power, self-determination, full participation and equality of persons with disabilities.

Lift, Inc.
A national organization that works with major corporations to recruit, train, and place people who have physical disabilities in information management positions.

National Council on Independent Living
A membership organization promoting the independent living philosophy and advocating for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities.

Safe Living Solutions

Safe Living Solutions, LLC is dedicated to providing products and services to assist people with accessibility issues due to age, illness, or injury. Vern Martell has always had a strong passion for assisting senior citizens and those with injuries and illnesses.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
Information on accessible information technology is particularly relevant for K-12 schools and higher education. Provides technical assistance on ADA, including links to 10 federally-funded regional centers.

Internet Legal Resource Guide
A comprehensive general-interest resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession.

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
ADAPT works via activism to enable people with disabilities to live in the community with supports rather than being in nursing homes and other institutions.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)
A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
AHEAD is an active member of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange’s (NCDE) Rountable Consortium. Established in 1995, NCDE is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and managed by Mobility International USA.

National Organization on Disability

Hearing Loss Association of America
The nation’s foremost association representing 26 million consumers who are hard of hearing.

Action Without Borders
A gateway to an international network of individuals and organizations with the goal of improving health, education and other opportunities for all people. Hosts the Idealist directory of 22,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 150 countries.

The European Disability Forum (EDF)
A European umbrella organization representing the interests of 37 million disabled citizens in the EU and the EEA.

The European Union Disability Strategy
The European Commission’s strategy for a renewed approach focusing upon the identification and removal of the various barriers preventing disabled people from achieving equality of opportunity and full participation in all aspects of social life.

Disability Net
Internet portal to resources for Disabled people in the United Kingdom.

The Disabled People’s Association Singapore
The DPA carries out the first and third objectives of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional assembly, namely: “To influence decision makers to implement policies and programs aiming at promoting social integration of persons with disability,” and “To share experiences concerning disability in order to co-operate in search of betters solutions.”

Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD)
(JSRPD) was founded to promote the activities of persons with disabilities in every way possible both within and outside Japan.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
The NCDE works to educate people with disabilities and disability-related organizations about international educational exchange opportunities, promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all types of exchange, community and volunteer service programs.

Dream
DREAM (Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring) is a national organization for and by college students with disabilities. Our work is supported by our sponsoring organization, the National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD), which is based at the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD).

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (Canada)
NEADS advocates for full access to postsecondary education and employment opportunities by disabled students in Canada.

Disability Research Institute
This research partnership between the US Social Security Administration and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign plans and conducts research to promote disability policy information.

National Center for Education Statistics
Federally funded entity for collecting, analyzing and reporting data related to education in the US and other countries.

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports
A Rehabilitation and Research Training Center at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa; recently published the National Survey of Educational Support Provision to Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Educarion Settings.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
NARIC is a library and information and referral, document delivery, and customized database searches for a wide range of disability and rehabilitation issues.

Dolphin
Provides accessibility solutions for computer access. Producer of Ease Publisher (Word doc, 1MB).

Learning Ally (Formally RFB&D)
A national non-profit organization with a comprehensive volunteer-recorded library of textbooks on CD and cassette for people who can’t effectively read standard print.

Closing the Gap
An organization that promotes computer technology in special education and rehabilitation, and sponsors a popular annual conference in Minnesota.

Freedom Scientific online training
The Training Department at Freedom Scientific offers free online training for JAWS and other assistive software.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
An interdisciplinary association of people with a common purpose to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals via technology.

Technology: Web Accessibility
Information on the Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508.

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OARS is located on the second floor of the Elliott University Center (EUC) in Suite 215.

OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
VOICE: 336.334.5440
FAX: 336.334.4412
EMAIL: oars@uncg

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