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Accessibility Services

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, students with disabilities are due reasonable accommodations in their academic pursuits. A student’s disability should not unfairly interfere with his or her learning process or evaluation and grading. Through collaboration with institutional allies, networks, and community partners, Accessibility Services leadership contributes to the development of equitable higher education experiences for all students who have disabilities.

Students must register and provide appropriate documentation in order to receive accessibility services. To learn more about the process and documentation requirements please choose the Students option below. 

Students in class
Interested in information on how to register or what documentation is required? Looking for instructions on how to use Accommodate, including requesting alternative format textbooks? Need to schedule testing in the LEAD Center, request an interpreter/transcriber, report an access issue or file a complaint? This page has more information on the accommodation process & everything else a student may need to know.
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Looking for information on how to use Accommodate? Need to submit an exam for proctoring or request an interpreter/transcriber? Looking for transcribed academic videos? Check out this page for more information on the faculty/staff role as it relates to accommodations.
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Looking for supportive resources to help you during your academic career at FSU? Need to figure out the accessible path on campus? Interested in checking out a disability related book from the OAS? Check out this page for more information.

Why You Should Register for Accessibility Services

Accommodations alone won’t guarantee success (you still need to go to class, keep up with readings, study effectively, and seek help when you need it), but they can be a tool to help you achieve success.

  • You should register for accommodations, even if you think you won't need them, because accommodations are not retroactive. If you wait until the last minute it could be too late because the approval process can take several weeks.
  • If you didn't like being in the special education system before, don't let your previous experience keep you from registering. In college, the system is different. You don't have to take special classes, and no one else in class will check in or check up on you.
  • College disability services offices take your privacy seriously. The only people who need to know you have accommodations are the people who will be involved in them, like professors. However, professors are only provided with the accommodations and no disability information.

The decision to register is yours, and the responsibility is, too. Consider how accommodations might help you and keep an open mind. It’s better to register and find out you don’t need accommodations than it is to find out the hard way that you do. Research shows that students who were successful both used their accommodations and sought help at tutoring centers, writing centers, etc. Remember – seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


The Office of Accessibility Services will provide leadership and facilitate equal access in all institutional opportunities for students who have disabilities, so that they may achieve their academic, personal and professional goals.

To accomplish this mission, the Office of Accessibility Services:

  • Provides institution-wide advisement and consultation on disability-related topics like legal and regulatory compliance
  • Collaborates with students, instructors, staff, and administrators on removing barriers and fostering an all-inclusive campus that offers diverse, usable, and equitable learning environments 
  • Facilitates accommodations and provides individual services for students with disabilities 

Ethical Standards & Confidentiality

The Office of Accessibility Services has an appreciation of disability as a valued aspect of diversity and as an integral part of the postsecondary educational experience. Accessibility Services personnel:

  • consider the needs of students with disabilities when working with others on campus to create equitable and inclusive environments at Fairmont State
  • recognize and apply the professional ethical standards to their role as a function at the institution
  • respect the privacy of our students and maintain confidentiality in communications and records, as delineated by privacy laws
  • confront and hold accountable other personnel who exhibit unethical behavior
  • exhibit proper behavior regarding research and assessment
  • expect scholarly integrity among students and staff

Diversity & Equity

The Office of Accessibility Services does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, cultural identity, ethnicity, family educational history, gender identity and expression, nationality, political affiliation, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, economic, marital, social, or veteran status, or any other basis included in institutional policies, coeds and laws. The Office of Accessibility Services does not participate in nor condone any form of harassment that demeans persons or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

The Office of Accessibility Services advocates for students with disabilities to have access to the same level of services on campus as is available to students who do not have disabilities, and to only receive services from our office that are not provided elsewhere from the institution. The Office of Accessibility Services fosters the development of a campus culture that values the diversity of disability and views disability as a core component of diversity.    

Contact Info

Abby Franks, M.S., CRC (She/her/hers)
Accessibility Services Coordinator
303-O Turley Center
Phone: (304) 367-4543
Fax: (304) 367-4584
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