Adapted from Disability Compliance for Higher Education
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Students with Disabilities
and Learning Differences
Penn State is strongly committed to providing full access to its
programs and services for all individuals. The University encourages
academically qualified students with disabilities to take advantage of
the educational programs offered at Penn State Behrend. The
Office of Educational Equity and Diversity Programs is located in the first floor of the Reed Union Building, room 1. We all strive to provide services and support tailored to meet the specific needs of
DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.
Accommodations are provided based on individual needs and may include:
- Books on Tape
- Extended test-taking time
- Oral exams
- Preferential seating
- Tape recording of lectures
- Test readers/writers
- Testing in a separate room
- Library assistance is also available upon request
Students requesting disability accommodations should forward
appropriate documentation from their health care providers to the Penn
State Behrend disability specialist. All information is held in
strict confidence. Most accommodations are identified and
coordinated through a personal meeting with our disability services coordinator.
Call 814-898-7101 to schedule an appointment.
- Most classrooms are wheelchair
accessible. However, if a class is scheduled in an
inaccessible classroom, the Registrar's Office will relocate the
class to an accessible location. If classroom equipment
needs prohibit relocation, additional accommodations will be made.
Penn State Erie has an ongoing program of building modification
and physical barrier removal to improve campus accessibility.
Adaptive Technologies Software is
available at various locations on campus: Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS v. 4.0 for Windows
at the Learning Resource Center. New Windows XP
Accessibility functions: Accessibility Wizard, Magnifier,
Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard, and Utility Manager are also
- Students are invited to inquire
about an individualized adaptive physical education curriculum
through the Department of Athletics (814-898-6163).
- Parking arrangements for students
with disabilities. Reserved parking spaces are marked in the
upper and lower Reed Union Building lots, behind the Glenhill
Farmhouse, west of Hammermill/Zurn Building, next to the Lilley
Library/Kochel Building, next to the tennis courts, and behind
many campus buildings including the apartments and residence
halls. These spaces may be used by vehicles registered at
Penn State Erie with a valid disability placard or license plate
display. Access Penn State Behrend is a campus map depicting
wheelchair-accessible routes and is available at Police and
Safety, the Office of Student affairs, and most other offices on
- Information about individual housing
needs is sought and considered in making special housing
accommodations and assignments. Rooms and bathroom
facilities in Ariel, Tigress, and Senat Halls are modified to
accommodate students with special needs. Other facilities in
the on-campus apartments and residence halls may be modified
according to individual needs.
- The Pennsylvania Office of
Vocational Rehabilitation has a district office located in Erie at
1600 Peninsula Drive and can be reached at 814-871-4551.
Michelle Brown, M.B.A (email@example.com)
Disability Services Coordinator
Debbie Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Educational Equity & Diversity Programs Support Staff
Andy Herrera, M.S.Ed.L (email@example.com)
Director of Educational Equity & Diversity Programs
1 Reed Union Building
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday