Dear OSU Faculty, Staff and Students,
Oregon State University joins the nation today in celebrating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This landmark 1990 legislation initiated necessary and important change across the nation by prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and supporting access and equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations and services, and inclusion for disabled individuals.
At Oregon State, we honor and celebrate people with disabilities as part of the diversity and strength of our community. We realize we must work daily to advance equity and inclusion to assure that all people — including those with disabilities — feel welcome and are able to be successful within OSU, not only on our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, but in our centers, offices and programs offered statewide.
Recent activities within the university highlight this commitment:
This fall, OSU will convene an ADA31 task force to assess university policies, programs and systems that identify and remedy barriers to provide for greater disability inclusion and access. The task force will focus on the growing importance of information technology accessibility in serving OSU’s mission of teaching, research and outreach programming. Listening and discussion sessions, online surveys and other opportunities will be offered during fall term so all may share their thoughts and experiences.
While we do this work, we must be ever diligent in understanding and addressing the barriers that remain for disabled individuals to have full and equal access. Let’s advance this work together as a truly welcoming and inclusive community.