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Disabilities

Disability Inquiries

  • ADA Coordinator

    Director, Office of Institutional Equity (765) 494-7253
  • Employment and Programs

    Office of Institutional Equity: (765) 494-7253

    Human Resources: (765) 494-0269
  • Student Services

    Disability Resource Center: (765) 494-1247

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Access Purdue Publication

This publication is a disability resource guide for faculty and staff. It provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 in relation to workplace reasonable accommodations. It also provides contact information for accommodation services and campus accessibility at the West Lafayette and regional campuses.

Reasonable Accommodation Process and Forms

If you are an individual who is employed at Purdue University and are requesting reasonable accommodation(s) under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, please view the University's detailed information and forms related to the evaluation process.

Web Accessibility at Purdue

Web Accessibility removes barriers to electronic information and technology. Accessibility focuses on all potential users of Web content. These include individuals who must or choose to use assistive technology to access content on the Web. Web Accessibility is making sure the code of a Web page is written in a way to be as clear as possible to assistive technology such as screen readers. This normally means adding a few extra lines of code which may not be visible on the Web page, but helps to clarify information to someone who may be listening rather than reading a Web page. Please visit OIE's Web Accessibility page for additional information concerning the Web Accessibility Policy.

Campus Accessibility Guide

This guide, which details special facilities such as wheelchair-accessible restrooms, ramps, and elevators, will help those with physical disabilities find their way around campus. The guide also points to the many services available to those with disabilities. For a copy of this guide, please contact Marcy Hintzman at (765) 494-7253 or mhintzma@purdue.edu. The Campus Accessibility Map is available in electronic form..

Accessibility Concerns Notification Form

The Accessibility Concerns Notification Form was developed to provide individuals with a central resource to inform the University of any physical accessibility concerns. Individuals wishing to inform the office of disability access concerns may do so online at the link provided or call us at (765) 494-7253.

Education

The Office of Institutional Equity hosts the ADA Audio Conference, Accessible Technology Webinar, and legal Issues Webinar series sessions that are free and open to the University community and members of the public.

Focus Awards

The Focus Awards are given annually to those affiliated with Purdue University who have made an outstanding contribution to the furthering of Purdue University's commitment to disability accessibility and diversity. These awards were started in March 2001 and were given to a faculty member, a staff member, and a student. Today, an organization is also recognized for their commitment along with the other three categories. Alumni and retirees within the appropriate category have also received Focus Awards. Instructions on submitting a nomination for a Focus Award and a description of the past Focus Award winners and their accomplishments are available online.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Purdue University requires that a Building Emergency Plan (BEP) be completed for every building occupied by ten or more people. There is a VOLUNTARY REGISTRY FOR PERSONS REQUESTING ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE form (Appendix C of the BEP), and anyone needing additional assistance during an emergency is encouraged to complete the form and send it to the Purdue Fire Department. Purdue Fire Department personnel will assist the individual in developing a personalized response plan for possible emergency incidents. For more information please visit Purdue's Emergency Preparedness website.

Purdue's Emergency Building Evacuation Guidance for Persons with Disabilities

  • If unable to evacuate, shelter in-place in an area with no immediate hazards and telephone 911. Advise the police dispatcher of your location.
    • The use of 911 routinely identifies the location of the caller if you are calling from a Purdue University land-line phone. Even if the caller is unable to speak, the dispatcher will then automatically surmise that the caller may be in trouble and will respond accordingly.
  • If you are unable to call 911, advise others around you of your location and have them inform emergency personnel of your location.
  • If you are in no immediate danger, remain where you are and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • If you are in immediate danger, move to an area where you can shelter in place (recommended areas would be a room with an outside window or a room with a sprinkler system if available.)
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS during an emergency evacuation. Emergency personnel may use an elevator for evacuation after review of the circumstances.
  • You are also encouraged to carry a sounding device like a small whistle, flashlight and cell phone to alert emergency personnel of your location.

Note: It is best to have arrangements pre-planned for evacuation assistance. Arrangements can be made to reasonably assure that assistance is provided to anyone who requires it. Having a plan and practicing it may save your life. Contact the Purdue Fire Department for arrangements or questions at (765) 494-6919.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

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