Student Accessibility Services: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

Disability, among other things, is an issue of diversity, inclusion and civil rights.

Many heroes for many years advocated and protested, promoting equal civil rights for people with disabilities until the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by Congress in 1990 and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

Disability can be one of many intersectional identities that a student may hold. (e.g. I am Latina;  I am a student; I am cisgender; I have an attention disability; I am White; I am an immigrant, I identify with LGBTQ community; etc.)

Student Accessibility Services at Roger Williams University primarily supports inclusion for you as students with disabilities in the academic and physical environments; we are also committed to promoting and supporting you in the richness of your personal identity, as part of the diversity and inclusion efforts at Roger Williams University.

We work with all units of Roger Williams University to support inclusion and support academic success. Especially, in this context, we work closely with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to support our students’ social needs, and sense of pride in acknowledging their identities.

Students with disabilities at Roger Williams University (and at other universities, too) perform as well, or better than, their non-disabled peers.

This is something to acknowledge with pride.

RWU students with disabilities are qualified, admitted students who may need to perform in a different way or with a little more time than other students, but who are equally capable as their peers.

Yet, those same students may experience certain biases or lowered expectations about their abilities.

Our collaboration with the programs and projects in the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is part of our mission to reduce bias, increase inclusive values, and contribute to social justice and equal opportunity for all students at Roger Williams University.

We encourage you to visit any or all the offices in the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and check out their programs.