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Disability Resources

Welcome to Purdue's Disability Resources Page

Purdue University offers numerous resources to Purdue employees, students and visitors who may need additional assistance while attending, visiting and/or working for the University.

Purdue's ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and can be contacted at equity@purdue.edu. The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and investigating any complaints regarding the ADA.

Accommodations for Employees and Students

Adaptive Equipment and Services

  • Assistive Technology Center (ATC) provides access to information technology for Purdue students, faculty and staff with disabilities. This includes accessing written and electronic information. Students with sensory, physical, learning or psychological disabilities may benefit from the computer software, hardware and other technologies available.
  • Telephone Services:
    • ADA Services
      • The Operator Services offers an on-campus relay service for individuals with a TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) or TTY (Text Telephone) who need to contact a Purdue office, staff member or residence hall student. The service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday by dialing 765-496-1343.
      • The Purdue Telephone Office also has TDD/TTY's available to lease for use by departments, staff members and residence hall students. For more information on these services, please call 765-496-1968.
    • To request headsets you must be an authorized user and use the Purdue Telecommunications Service Request Form. If you are not an Authorized user please contact your Business Office. See Telephone Rates for monthly pricing.
    • Public TTYs and ETS (Emergency Telephone System) boxes are available throughout campus and may be located by referring to the Campus Accessibility Guide.
    • Emergency telephones have been installed in all elevators in University buildings.
    • Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) empowers the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to communicate with both deaf and hearing family, friends or business contacts using video relay service. This free, 24-hour service allows you to place and receive calls with a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter via a videophone and a high-speed Internet connection.
  • Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) has a Proactive Ergonomics Program that provides the means for University employees to be educated on the effects of ergonomics in their workspace and be evaluated (if necessary) to identify any risk factors that are or could lead to injuries. If changes are required in the workspace, REM has limited funding to assist in purchasing equipment to correct the deficiencies.

Community and Service

  • Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. EPICS and the Office of the Dean of Students have created a partnership to identify and solve access challenges for people with disabilities on campus.
  • Institute for Accessible Science (IAS) was established at Purdue University through an NIH Director's Pathfinder Award in 2010 with a mission to promote the inclusion and retention of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in biomedical science careers through practical laboratory experiences, assistive technology (AT) development, student and educator support services, and research.
  • PETE's PALS (Physical Education Teacher Educators Supporting Physical Activity and Life Skills) program is an aquatic and motor program offered for children with disabilities. The program is designed to help the participating children become efficient movers in a fun and safe environment. Each child in the program is assigned a trained clinician who will work one-on-one for the two-hour gym and swim program.
  • Student Organizations have and do include such disability-related groups as Best Buddies, Boilers with ADD-ADHD, Diabetics United at Purdue and the Sign Language Club.

Emergency Preparedness

Health Care Services

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers the following services: individual, group and couples psychotherapy; initial assessment evaluations and, as needed, comprehensive batteries for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder; psychopharmacology; crisis intervention; drug and alcohol programs; outreach and consultation; care management and support services for students in crisis; and the training of helping professionals.
  • Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) provides general outpatient health care, laboratory and X-ray, allergy and immunization, urgent care, mental health, and physical therapy services for all eligible students and student spouses at the Student Health Center.
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences operates an Audiology Clinic and a Speech-Language Clinic. The Audiology Clinic provides a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services to children and adults. The Speech-Language Clinic offers many programs, including an adult language program for clients with language problems following stroke or other brain injuries, a birth-to-three program, an adult geriatric program at the Indiana Veterans' Home, the Purdue Preschool Language Program, and voice therapy in conjunction with area physicians. Both clinics are open to the public.

Housing

  • Housing Accommodations may be requested by students with medical conditions. Housing Accommodations Request Forms may be obtained from the University Residences Administration Office located in Smalley Center. Forms must be completed by the student's physician and returned to the Disability Resource Center. The Housing Accommodations Committee will review the accommodation request to determine eligibility. For more information, please contact Robert G. Heitert, Director of Administration, in the University Residences Directors' Office at 765-494-1000 or at rheitert@purdue.edu.

Physical Access

  • Accessible Parking on campus is a limited resource. Preference will be given to requests that clearly demonstrate a condition or impairment that substantially limits the applicant's mobility.
  • Campus Accessibility Guide helps those with disabilities find their way around campus. It details special facilities such as wheelchair-accessible restrooms, ramps and elevators. The guide also points to the many services available to those with disabilities. For a printed version of this guide please contact either the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) or the Visitor Information Center.
  • An Accessibility Concerns Notification Form is available for students, faculty and staff, and visitors to notify the University of any accessibility concerns they identify.
  • Physical and Capital Planning oversees all activities associated with planning, financing, gaining approval for construction of new facilities and the Repair and Rehabilitation Program. Accessibility of all new facilities and renovations are overseen by the Senior Architect.

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