General Accessibility Resources


Inside Higher Ed - 'Accessibility Suffers During Pandemic'

Students with disabilities and their advocates say access to equitable education has been abandoned in the scramble to move classes online.


'How Online Leadership is Changing in Higher Education'

Who manages online programs at most universities? The latest research shows evolving roles and how they affect online learning.


'OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility' Youtube video

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) presents this short webinar on online education and website accessibility.


Coronavirus - COVID-19 & College Students with Disabilities

National Center for College Students with Disabilities is gathering information and resources here for you. They will update this frequently as they hear of resources.


Iowa State Accessibility Resources

COVID-19: Iowa State University connects campus and community with up-to-date resources related to COVID-19. Please continue to check the Campus Climate page for more information and development opportunities. 




Diversity and Inclusion Report

Iowa State University's Diversity and Inclusion reports highlight initiatives related to Academic Affairs, Board of Regents, Institutional Research, Enrollment, and Human Resources. Each area serves as a source for information related to data collected in its corresponding year. To receive more information related to diversity and inclusion data, contact the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at or 515-294-8840. 


Technology and Support

At Iowa State University, we are committed to addressing accessibility as we embrace new technologies.  The Digital Accessibility Coordinator provides guidance, support, and consultation to units throughout campus to enable an increasing adoption of accessibility-minded practices. For more information visit Digital Accessibility at Iowa State.

  • Digital Accessibility Services 
  • Digital Accessibility Lab
  • Committees and Partnerships (Taskforce)
  • Training and Additional Resources

Resources are available about how to work remotely.


Extension and Outreach (eAccessibility)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's eAccessibility Initiative provides training and resources that incorporate universal design practices in the classroom or office setting. Extension and Outreach have created accessibility training for Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher), Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.  Please find links to the courses that have been created for your use, or Request the Toolkit if you would like to learn how to implement incremental and sustainable universal design practices.


Faculty/Staff/Administration Support

Classroom (CELT)

The Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching provides resources for instructors, faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs interested in teaching. They offer face-to-face workshops, longer-term teaching and learning circles on selected topics, and facilitation of teaching and learning communities. To learn more by visiting Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.


Education and Development (AHEAD, Learn@ISU)

Iowa State University offers a variety of teaching and learning tools to enhance your understanding of creating an inclusive environment. Alongside CELT, committees such as the University Committee on Disabilities provide a leadership role in fostering a campus environment of inclusiveness and accessibility. Visit our upcoming events for development opportunities.

Development Calendar - Coming Soon 


Human Resources

Iowa State University Human Resources encourages early engagement in requesting accommodations for a disability. These accommodations include Sign Language Interpreting requests and collaboration with Environmental Health and Safety on addressing needs around human performance.

Environment Health and Safety occupational services 

Employee workplace accommodations


Student Support (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services

The Student Accessibility Services office (SAS), formerly Student Disability Resources (SDR), at Iowa State University is a unit in the Dean of Students Office that supports students with disabilities related to the services and programs that enable their access to education and university life.

SAS believes that equity, social justice, and diversity are essential to creating/maintaining an environment of equal access and opportunity for all. We believe that disability is a naturally occurring aspect of the diversity of life and that it is an integral part of society and to the Iowa State University campus community.

Student Accessibility Services


Student Organizations 

Alliance for Disability Awareness - The Alliance for Disability Awareness is a student organization dedicated to supporting students with disabilities, as well as raising awareness for the wide variety of disabilities on campus and pushing for a more accessible ISU.

Alliance for Disability Awareness


Vocational Rehabilitation 

Iowa VR is an employment program for individuals who experience a disability. They focus on service delivery that assists individuals to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in employment. For those who have been determined eligible, it is an individualized program that delivers employment services based on your unique individualized employment plan.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation