Access and Disability Services (ADS) aligns with Haverford College's mission to promote an increased sense of independence and confidence in students, and a concern for individual growth. We strive to accommodate and develop the whole person, in and out of the classroom.
The ADS works to promote self-advocacy, reflection, and self-determination in individuals, as well as an understanding and celebration of neurodiversity on the campus as a whole.
Haverford College's rigorous academic program is flexible in its form and content so as to meet the needs, interests, and strengths of individual students. The small size of the College also allows faculty and staff to pay attention to each student's unique needs, and work with them on an individual basis. ADS works collaboratively with each student applying for accommodations to determine eligibility, and to identify the accommodations that are necessary and helpful to the student without altering the fundamental nature of the academic program.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact ADS as early as possible for additional information and to discuss their needs.
Definition of a Disability
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008) describes an individual with a disability as “someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual, a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.” In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, Haverford College recognizes that qualified students who have diagnosed or identified disabilities are entitled to benefit from the educational programs of the College if reasonable accommodations can be arranged.
We recognize that each student's situation is unique, and decisions regarding eligibility and accommodations are made after reviewing documentation and meeting with the student to learn about the specific ways in which their disability affects daily functioning.
Physical Access Disclaimer
Need help getting to class, either because of a permanent disability or temporary injury? Contact Campus Safety (610) 896-1111 for assistance.
Note: The College is not required to provide this service as a permanent accommodation for students. Due to the obligations of Campus Safety, they cannot guarantee the time in which they can assist you, and this assistance should only be used if truly necessary.
In Case of Emergency
Emergency phones are located across the campus. Each provides an instant link with Campus Safety–no dialing is required–and the dispatcher knows where the call is coming from. Campus Safety staff have received training in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and 5 Automated External Defibrillator use. They can provide transportation to Health Services or to the hospital when Health Services is closed.