Office of Accessibility Resources & Services

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Resources for Students

NEW – Pilot Testing Partnership

Testing/Exams: Important CHANGE (pilot program)

OARS continually works to improve support services for students with disabilities. We are excited to announce one such improvement to expand support of testing accommodations in an inclusive environment: A partnership with the University Proctoring Lab (UPL), located in Forney 114.

The UPL offers a secure, quiet (distraction-reduced), and clean testing environment, and allows students, with or without disabilities, to schedule testing appointments with their instructors’ approval. The UPL is typically open between 9 AM and 9 PM. The UPL can support the following accommodations:

  • A reduced distraction environment
  • Noise-canceling/muffling headphones/earplugs
  • Extended time
  • Access to Read-Write, word processing, and ZoomText software
  • Adjustable height desks

Due to limited testing space within OARS, many testing appointments may be moved to the UPL. If your test location is moved, you and your instructor will be notified of this change via email, as soon as possible.

Tests scheduled to end after 5 PM may be moved to the UPL.

If you have a test scheduled after 5 PM you and your instructor will receive a notification of any change by email at least 24 hours in advance of your testing appointment.

Visit to prepare for your test and to become familiar with the space.

As we pilot this integrated and inclusive opportunity with the UPL, please read the following FAQs:

What if I have already scheduled testing in OARS’ space but want to change location to the UPL?

  • Email us at to let us know you would like to test in the UPL
  • OARS will notify you and your instructor of this change via email, as quickly as possible.

What if my test needs to start before 9 AM?

  • If your test needs to start before 9 AM, you may need to schedule within OARS’ space.
  • Or, your instructor may be able to provide that accommodation in their area.
  • To schedule in OARS’ space, please go to:

What if I need a private testing space (not just a reduced distraction space)?

  • If your testing accommodations include a need for a private testing space (not just reduced distraction), you may need to schedule within OARS’ space.
  • Or, your instructor may be able to provide that accommodation in their area.
  • To schedule a private space (in OARS’ space), please go to:

What if I haven’t yet scheduled my test/exam?

  • If you have not yet scheduled testing and want to test in the UPL, your instructor must complete the Proctor Instruction form on the UPL website,
  • After your instructor completes that form, you would schedule a proctoring appointment at

Additional information about the UPL may be found at their website, Information about OARS is located at

As always, communicate with your instructors to determine if they can provide your accommodations in their areas before scheduling in the UPL or at OARS. Please make arrangements for your accommodated final exams ASAP!

 For questions specifically about the UPL, email If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to OARS at, or via phone at 336/334-5440.

Academic Resources

Study Skills Improvement – Videos and resources

Additional Supportive Services

Greensboro Discount Medical Supply
Website linked Greensboro Discount Medical Supply.
Contact: 336.420.3943
Where: 2310 Battleground Ave #108, Greensboro, NC 27408
Hours: Monday – Friday 9-5:30 and Saturday 11-2
Rental Information:
Call/email for availability.
You do not need to call in advance, but it is highly encouraged since item availability is not guaranteed
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
Website linked Access, Mobility, Repair & Rental.
Contact: 336.608.8810
Where: 205-F Creek Ridge Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406
Hours: Monday – Friday 9-5
Rental information:
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 /

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

Web Accessibility for All, University of Wisconsin


Government Agencies and Services

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 Assistive Technology Program
The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) leads North Carolina’s efforts to carry out the federal Assistive Technology Act of 2004. We promote independence for people with disabilities through access to technology.

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.

NC Vocational Rehabilitation
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

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

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.

Independent Living

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

http://www.safelivingsolutio                                                                                                                                                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.


ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers
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.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center

Organizations: Consumer

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.

American Association of People with Disabilities

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.

Organizations: International

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.

Mobility International USA

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.

Organizations: Student

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 Disabled Student Union
Established in response to the Garrett v. University of Alabama decision, NDSU is a national, cross-disability, activist student organization.

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

References: Library Services

American Library Association, Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, Libraries Serving Special Populations Section
LSSPS is charged to improve the quality of library service for people with special needs including those with disabilities.

ALA – Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy

Reference: Statistical Information /Research

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.

Technology: Accessible Computing and Communicating

The Caption Center WGBH
The Caption Center is the world’s first captioning agency and a non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation which captions nearly 250 hours per week of programming from all segments of the television industry.

The Captioned Media Program, National Association of the Deaf
Provides captioned films (educational and popular) free of charge to individuals and institutions. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

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.

Technology: Assistive Technology

Axistive Assistive Technology
The AAT News Portal offers free news, articles, product reviews and all product and vendor information of assistive technology devises.

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.