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Kutztown University is committed to achieving equal educational access and full participation for individuals with disabilities. This commitment extends to the administration of programs, activities, services, employment practices and information technology in the university environment. It is university policy to adhere to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and its amendments (ADAAA) of 2008.

Students, staff and faculty who have a disability or might be experiencing difficulties that could be related to a disabling condition should contact the DSO for consultation. 

All communication with the Disability Services Office is confidential.

Contact Information

Disability Services Office
215 Stratton Admin Center
Phone: 610-683-4108
Fax: 610- 683-1520
TTY: 610- 683-4499
Email: DSO@kutztown.edu

DSO Testing Center (Closed during summer and semester break)
205 Stratton Admin Center
Phone: 484-646-5945
Fax:  610-683-4812
Email: dsotesting@kutztown.edu

Office Hours

Academic Year
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (Lunch)

Summer
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed - 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Lunch)

DSO Staff

Ms. Linda Lantaff, Director, Email
Ms. Maggie Mclaughlin Yannes, Assistant Director, Email
Ms. Patricia Trexler (Ms. T), Office Manager, Email
Ms. Naomi Snyder, Graduate Assistant - Note Taking Coordinator, Email
Ms. Erin Willliams, Graduate Assistant - Testing Center Coordinator, Email
Ms. Katelyn Fake, Student Assistant - Book Scan Assistant, Email

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Accessible Meetings, Events and Programs - Meetings, events, programs and activities that are open to the public or the Kutztown University campus community must be held in an accessible location. There may be attendees who need reasonable accommodations. To address the need for additional accommodations, the sponsor of an event, meeting or program will include on the promotional and invitational material a statement that asks for special needs to be made known ahead of time in order to allow a reasonable accommodation. To view a sample statement and some typical accommodations, read the Accessible Meetings, Events, Programs Policy.

Services for Students with Disabilities - To meet the needs of enrolled students with disabilities and to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title II, 1990, and the ADA amendments of 2008, Kutztown University will provide reasonable accommodations for classes and residence halls in order to allow equal access. The goal of the university is to provide the education necessary for qualified students with disabilities to function as self-sustaining individuals. See Services for Students with Disabilities Policy.

Reasonable Accommodations for Employees - The purpose of this policy is to provide managers, supervisors and department chairs a procedure for responding to accommodations requested by applicants or those persons presently employed with a disability. This policy also prohibits any employment actions or decisions which could adversely impact upon or deny the benefits, compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment to any qualified individual(s) solely by reason of that person's disability or the disabilities of any person who is related to or associated with an employee or applicant. Read Reasonable Accommodations for Employees Policy.

Service Animal Policy/Procedure - This policy's purpose is to help define the role and place of service animals at Kutztown University in promoting the safety, dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Learn more about Service Animal Policy/Procedure.

Course Substitution Process/Procedure - Course substitutions will only be granted in cases where the request does not constitute a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program or when the academic requirement(s) is not essential to the program of study or to meet licensing or certification requirements. In certain instances where a student has a disability that precludes his or her ability to meet a course requirement, the student may request a course substitution. Please contact the Disability Services Office with questions regarding this process.

Accessibility Guidelines for Electronic and Information Technology Access - Kutztown University's commitment to achieving equal educational opportunity and participation for persons with disabilities extends to equal access to information technology. Read Accessibility Guidelines for Electronic and Information Technology Access at KU to improve access.

Ad-Hoc Committees

Kutztown University's Disability Services Office provides students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to be a part of two Ad-Hoc Groups:

Americans with Disabilities Act Task Force - assists with encouraging the development of an environment sensitive to the rights of persons with disabilities.

Electronic & Information Technology Access Task Force - Kutztown University is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and participation for persons with disabilities. This commitment extends itself to providing equal access to information technology.

Website Accessibility

We strive to make our web pages universally accessible. You will notice that we minimize the use of graphics and photos. Suggestions for increasing the accessibility of these pages are welcome. Send suggestions or comments to: DSO@kutztown.edu