The Mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS):
Our mission is to provide students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from all university programs, services, and activities.
The Vision of SAS:
In addition to complying with legal mandates set forth in Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and the ADA as amended in 2008), as well as the university’s policy of non-discrimination (3-01.3), we aim to provide services to students and consultative expertise that is cutting-edge and nationally recognized. We do this by promoting 'best practices' through collaboration and community engagement and by using an individualized student-centered approach to facilitate the accommodation process.
What We Do:
SAS provides accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Through the process of meeting with students and reviewing their disability-related documentation, SAS staff determine what accommodations students are eligible for and work to ensure those accommodations are in place in order for the student to equally access the university's programs, curricula, and services. We serve approximately 4.5% of the overall student population (undergraduate and graduate students) at the Kent Campus.
Additionally, we serve to educate the university community about the kinds of practices and processes that will allow students, parents, and community members to feel welcomed and included within the Kent Campus regardless of ability level.
During the month of October, we host disAbility Awareness Month (dAM) with the intent of highlighting the various and wide-ranging abilities of people who may otherwise be considered "disabled." We also host a Faculty Recognition Reception each spring in honor of faculty that were nominated by students for going "above and beyond" their stated duties in providing accommodations and assisting students with disabilities in their academic success.