Accessibility Resources

In alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the department of Accessibility Resources ensures equal access to university curriculum, programs, and facilities for students with disabilities by facilitating reasonable accommodations, providing support services, and collaborating with the greater community to meet students’ individual needs.

Accommodations & Support Services for Students with Disabilities

The Accessibility Resources department can help you:

  • Obtain accommodations and access to information, materials, and the campus
  • Manage disability-related challenges
  • Create strategies for learning based on your unique style, strengths and limitations
  • Become your own advocate to successfully interact with your instructors and peers
  • Find qualified professionals for educational testing or personal concerns

Accessibility Resources

As part of the Academy Resource Center (A.R.C.), we offer regularly scheduled individualized academic coaching. Students may also use our Learning Center, which offers a quiet place to study, Mac and PC computers, and assistive technology such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, Natural Reader, Read: OutLoud for Bookshare books, Omni Page, Readiris Pro, and Adobe Acrobat.

79 New Montgomery St.
Room 356
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 1-415-618-3775
Fax: 1-415-618-3676

How to Obtain Accommodations & Support

Disclosing that you have a disability is a personal decision. Prospective and current students are welcome to contact us with questions about obtaining accommodations.

Upon enrolling at the Academy of Art University, new students who plan to request accommodations are encouraged to contact Accessibility Resources as soon as possible.

Early identification can be the key to ensuring a smooth beginning to your semester.

Often, arrangements and accommodations can be time-consuming to coordinate, especially interpreter scheduling, furniture and design modifications, and alternative format production–advanced planning allows us to meet your needs and give you access to programs and services from day one.

Student Veterans

Accessibility Resources provides incoming and enrolled veterans with disabilities the specialized support and resources they need in order to succeed at Academy of Art University.

Reasonable accommodations help level the playing field so that students are able to perform to the best of their abilities without their disability or medical condition getting in the way.

If you have any questions about managing your academic career while dealing with a service-related disability, please contact our office to discuss your specific concerns with a coordinator.


Disability-related information submitted to Accessibility Resources is kept in the strictest confidence, and will only be released with the student’s written permission.

We will not release any information or otherwise discuss student status to any party unless a signed Disclosure/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act form is on file with the Registrar’s office and the person is specifically denoted on that disclosure form.

For questions about FERPA please see the Office of the Registrar. You can also find published policies and an outline of what is and not qualified as protected information within the Academy of Art University Catalog Supplement, University Policies section.

Once permission is granted, information regarding how to accommodate a student will be shared with the appropriate faculty and staff members.

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