Established in Tempe in 1885 as Normal School in the Territory of Arizona, ASU is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation. Once a 20 acre cow pasture donated by leading citizens, ASU's Tempe campus has grown to be a city within the City of Tempe and sits on 700 acres. Today the university enrolls more than 67,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students on four campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, with the Tempe campus being the largest.
ASU has a history of campus accessibility, beginning in the late 1960s as large numbers of Vietnam veterans with disabilities selected to attend ASU under the GI bill. By 1973, ASU committed to providing access to all programs and facilities for students with disabilities and today is one of the most physically accessible campuses in the nation.
The following programs and facilities are examples of ASU's progress and commitment to an accessible university and to students with disabilities.
Parking and On-campus Transportation
Visitor parking lots and structures include accessible parking. Call for accurate parking information and locations of disabled visitor parking lots/spaces. All FLASH, USB, and Intra-campus shuttle buses are accessible. 480/965-6406 - www.asu.edu/parking/
On-campus transportation is available to any college disability student, faculty, staff and guests of the university with permanent or temporary physical disabilities through a "scheduled ride" system, available Monday through Friday from 7:10 am until 6:45 pm. The operational area is limited to the Tempe campus boundaries. To schedule rides, call 480/965-3055.
Disability Resource Center (DRC) Working in partnership with ASU departments and community organizations, the Disability Resource Center facilitates a wide range of academic support services for any qualified ASU college student with a disability. The staff coordinates transition from high school and community colleges to the university, provides in-service training for faculty and staff assists in resolution of accessibility issues and engages in community outreach and collaboration with all ASU campuses to assure appropriate services and assistance for all students with disabilities.
DRC services include:
- Note taking services
- Text conversions into Braille or electronic text
- Sign Language interpreters
- Testing services
- Assistive technology training
For services and/or a related disability consultation, please schedule an appointment as far ahead of the date needed as possible by contacting: 480/965-1234 | TTY: 480/965-9000 | Fax: 480/965-0441 | www.asu.edu/drc
TRiO Student Support Services The TRiO Student Support Services mission is to support the retention and graduation of students with disabilities by fostering self-advocacy skills and academic success. The TRiO Student Support Services Tempe campus program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide academic support to students with disabilities who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Arizona State University. Services include tutoring, instructional support, success coaching, career coaching, adaptive technology support, study skills workshops and a laptop loan program. To be eligible, students must be registered with DRC, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, degree seeking, and motivated to complete a bachelor's degree.
480/965-1234 | TTY: 480/965-9000 | Fax: 480/965-0441 | www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/trio/
Office of Diversity The office provides educational programs, assistance with assuring appropriate accommodations and access to ASU facilities and programs, and resolves disability complaints from ASU employees, college disability students and members of the public.
480/965-5057 | Fax: 480/965-6827 | www.asu.edu/hr/diversity
Campus Student Housing ASU is committed to providing living accommodations to meet personal requirements for students with disabilities. Modifications include but are not limited to, wheelchair accessible rooms, roll in showers, non-key operating systems, telephone adaptions & flashing strobe lights or alarms.
480/965-1531 | Fax: 480/965-1534 | www.asu.edu/housing/
Educational/Research Buildings ASU assures that educational and research facilities are accessible to students with a disability and in compliance with ADA requirements. When accessibility limitations exist, the university, through the DRC and Office of Diversity, works to assure accessible locations are available for classes and events.
Office of Classroom Management-
Adaptive Technology Information Technology Classroom Support provides a variety of adaptive technology equipment for use in college disability student classrooms.
- Assisted listening devices
- Closed captioning devices
- A mobile PC cart
- Trackballs for computers
- Adjustable desks
- Mediated classrooms are equipped with adaptive technology (JAWS, MAGic, MSAccessibility)
- Screen doors available in some mediated classrooms for macs
480/965-3342 | Fax: 480/727-8206 | www.asu.edu/it/fyi/classrooms/adaptive.html
ASU Libraries ADA Services within the libraries enable ASU students, faculty and staff with disabilities to access library materials and information. While members of the community with disabilities are welcome to do library research with our staff's assistance, ASU affiliates will be given precedence. The ADA Services room is located in Hayden Library on the lower concourse level. Workstations are equipped with adaptive technology. These workstations are also available in the Science, Architecture and Music Libraries. ADA Services staff encourages appointments when assistance is needed at any ASU Tempe campus library.
Services and Adaptive equipment and software:
- Orientation to the library and its materials
- Instruction on accessing and searching the library catalog, online databases and the Internet
- Assistance with library research skills
- Book retrieval and assistance with photocopying and printing during staffed hours
- Training provided for equipment and technology
- Workstations with adjustable height tables
- Adjustable lighting
- CCTV (Closed circuit TV)
- Braille printer, with Duxbury Braille Translator
- A variety of keyboards and mouse options
- Tracker 2000 to control screen cursor by head movements
- JAWS screen reader for reading text through voice translation
- ZOOMTEXT Xtra Level 2 for screen magnification and limited speech output for screen reading
- SofType on-screen keyboard allows text input for those who cannot physically access a standard keyboard
- Kurzweil 3000 and OpenBook converts printed or electronic material into text that is read aloud
480/965-0573 | TTY: 480/965-1547 | Fax: 480/965-3606 | http://lib.asu.edu/ada/hayden