Dear OSU Colleagues,
I’m pleased to share the report and recommendations of the university’s ADA31 Task Force. During the last academic year, the task force reviewed policies and programs OSU has in place supporting inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) across the areas of physical accessibility, information technology accessibility, and disability accommodations. The task force researched best practices, met with subject matter experts, convened listening sessions, and conducted a survey to gather input.
The result is a report with 14 recommendations and associated actions, organized under the following goals:
- Recognize disability as diversity;
- Increase awareness and understanding of non-apparent and invisible disabilities, including those related to mental health;
- Strive for consistency of experience across the university;
- Provide resources and clear, accurate information for people with disabilities to navigate their university experience;
- Proactively enable and maintain accessible features, spaces and experiences.
We’ve now begun implementing the recommendations. An ADA31 website provides more information and we’ll be providing progress updates regularly on the site. I thank the members of the ADA31 Task Force, including co-chairs Susan Freccia and Scott Vignos, for their outstanding work.
All of us have a role to play in creating a culture of accessibility, equity and inclusion at OSU. I encourage you to learn more about the ADA31 effort and participate in advancing this important work.
Provost and Executive Vice President