Finding a school that accommodates students with disabilities can be tricky. You’ve got to find the right mix of academic programs, community support, and accessibility services. Fortunately, there are many schools that offer accessible housing, academic support, athletic programs and more for students with disabilities. Here are 6 of the most disability-friendly colleges in the country.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL). Rated as the most “disability-friendly” U.S. campus, UIUC set the standard for accessibility at universities. It was the first school to build a resident hall to accommodate students with and without disabilities and the first to have an adapted sports and recreation program, among many other “firsts.” Its transitional living program offers students with physical disabilities access to personal assistant support services and boasts an 87% graduation rate.
Ball State University (Muncie, IN). Ball State goes above and beyond to accommodate students with disabilities. From minor wheelchair repair services to mentoring programs to help students transition to college life, its Disability Services office makes sure that every student can enjoy the benefits of college. It’s also well-known for its adapted sports program.
Wright State University (Dayton, OH). Wright State offers paratransit, personal care assistant services, accessible on- and off-campus housing, as well as independent living skills training. Their EmployAbility career fair is a yearly event that helps students and graduates with disabilities land their first job or internship. Here’s a video they put together to help students with disabilities transition to college life:
Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA). Located in northwestern Pennsylvania, EU offers an academic aide system, attendant care program, and many other services for students with disabilities. The Paralyzed Veterans of America profiled its campus as a model for schools that want to make their campuses more accessible. In the last several years, EU has opened new housing facilities that allow students with and without disabilities to live together.
The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). With the largest and most successful adaptive sports program in the country, UA is a wheelchair athlete’s dream. Its Disability Resources office helps students take full advantage of college life. Students can get support in applying to Study Abroad programs, transitioning to college life, and more. The school also follows Universal Design principles, which provide a framework for accessibility for new construction and renovations.
University of Houston (Houston, TX). UH offers personal care attendant programs and housing for students with disabilities, as well as computer labs with a variety of adaptive aids. Through their Center for Students with Disabilities, students can apply for scholarships and request individualized physical and educational accommodations. It also has a robust veterans service program and growing adaptive sports program.
Do you know of a great school that we missed? Tell us about it in the comments. We’d love to add it to this list!
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