ADSR Becomes OAS

January 2017

Dear Members of the Emory Community,

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that the office formerly known as Access, Disability Services, and Resources will now be referred to as the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). The new name more accurately reflects Emory's overall commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our continued efforts to ensuring that the university’s programs and services are accessible to the entire Emory community.

The name change is in alignment with national trends in colleges and universities regarding how we view “disability.” It is our goal to emphasize the notion of “access” and “accessibility” rather than focusing on an individual’s disability. The Office of Equity and Inclusion believes that when learning and workplace environments are accessible and barriers are removed, students and employees are more equipped for success. This is our focus, this is our commitment, and this is our mission.

OAS is a division of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. OAS remains a resource for students, faculty, and employees throughout the Emory enterprise. The division works collaboratively to support these entities with regards to creating diverse working and learning environments that represent our diverse community, and are also responsive to the needs of the Emory community.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion works to support a shared vision and responsibility ensuring that curricular, informational, and physical environments at the university are usable, sustainable, and accessible. It is our hope that the name change invites and fosters a more inclusive environment that meets the needs of our community.

Please visit the Office of Accessibility Services online or call 404-727-9877 to learn more about OAS.

Best regards,

Lynell Cadray
Vice Provost and University Title IX Coordinator