Alabama State University is firmly committed to the principle of providing equal educational employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our policies, pro-grams and activities are designed to ensure that all facilities are made available to students and employees with disabilities in the most appropriate integrated setting. We are further committed to the identification and removal of any and all existing barriers that prevent disabled students and employees from enjoying any rights and privileges, advantages, or opportunities enjoyed by nondisabled persons. Questions that may arise regarding university compliance and/or requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Alabama State University, P.O. Box 271, Montgomery, AL36101-0271; (334) 229-4241.

Special instructions are provided during the orientation period that takes place at the beginning of each semester. These instructions include an introduction to all of the facilities and services available to students with disabilities and the process that students must follow to get keys to key-controlled elevators.

The program will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other state and federal laws and regulations. The service is dependent upon verifiable student needs. Examples of services provided or coordinated include note takers, scribes, print enlargers, reading for the visually impaired, provision of keys to elevators, personal counseling, speech therapy referral, proofreading and cooperation with vocational rehabilitation agencies. Students with documented special needs who intend to enroll in Alabama State University should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs, Alabama State University, P.O. Box 271, Montgomery, AL36101-0271; (334) 229-4241.

In the event a student with a disability finds that an academic program is located in an inaccessible facility, he or she should report it to the office of the dean of his or her college or academic unit. The dean will work with appropriate campus officials to effect reasonable accommodations.

If the deans report students with physical, perceptual and learning disabilities, the Office of Student Affairs will advise such students concerning the availability and location of auxiliary aids to reduce negative effects of physical, cognitive and mental disabilities.

The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM is a collaborative research project involving four universities (Alabama State University, Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Tuskegee University), two community colleges (Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union State Community College), the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, and six school districts in East-Central Alabama: Lee, Chambers, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon, and Tallapoosa County school systems. The goal of the project is to increase the quality and number of students with disabilities completing associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and entering the workforce.

The National Science Foundation funding will support several major initiatives including mentoring programs, summer research experiences, and a student advocacy association. Students with disabilities participating in the bridge programs and summer research internships will receive stipends. For more information, visit the The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities page.