Unresolved Accessibility Issues?
If you have concerns about accommodations that are not solved by the listed resources, or you are unsure where to turn, please contact the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics:
Ruth J. Townsend
Associate Director, ADA Coordinator
Compliance, Diversity and Ethics
Getting the Help You Need
George Mason University wants to ensure that every member of the university community has equal access to all services so they can actively participate in every aspect of life in Mason Nation.
We provide resources for students, faculty, and staff on all our campuses. If you have a cognitive, sensory, mobility, or other issue, we'll help you find what you need for your work, visit, or studies.
This site provides access to information about physical access on all Mason campuses and information technology accessibility of programs and services. Links to disability-related services and resources available to all employees, students or visitors are also available.
Patriot Lift provides transportation options for students, faculty and staff with mobility issues. Students must get approval from the Office of Disability Services or Student Health Services. Faculty and staff must receive approval from the Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics.
Accessible parking on campus is available to those with the appropriate parking permits, which must be prominently displayed at all times. State motor vehicle departments issue disabled permits, which must be used in conjunction with a Mason parking permit. Park in an appropriate disabled space and lot based on permit type.
Ergonomics at Mason Environmental Health and Safety provides Mason employees with ergonomic self-assessment tools and professional ergonomic assessments at no cost to the employee.
Additional Resources and Information
Complete information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from this site run by Justice Department.
This site provides information to assist planners, managers, operators and building owners in making temporary events accessible to people with disabilities.
This site provides access to disability-related information and programs on subjects including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.
This site from the University of Washington is a collection of resources to help instructors create a classroom environment that maximizes learning, regardless of a student's disability.
The EEOC offers technical assistance on the ADA and employment, including information about the rights of the disabled. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
This site offers links to scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances, and the development and evaluation of technology.
The Office for Civil Rights ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through enforcement of civil rights laws.
Section 504 of the Act is designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Mason has also established a 504 policy.
Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make new opportunities for people with disabilities available, and to encourage development of technologies to will help achieve these goals.
The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology. The Access Board site contains ADA Accessibility Standards and Guides to the Standards.