Coordinator of Academic Accessibility (COAA)

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The University of Virginia Statement on Accessibility: A Shared Responsibility

"The University of Virginia values disability within the spectrum of human diversity and is committed to a living, learning, and work environment where individuals with disabilities can be their full selves and thrive. The University recognizes that ensuring equal access to educational, employment, and all other opportunities is a shared responsibility that demands our continuous identification and removal of physical, technological, and attitudinal barriers.”

Summer Spotlight: Disability Etiquette

Below are some helpful tips and resources to mindfully guide you when interacting with or simply enjoying the companying of your friends, students, co-workers, and colleagues with disabilities. 

In short, don't make assumptions about the person or that assistance in any form is necessary - ask first. When planning events, consider that attendees may have some type of disability. Plan for this and offer accommodations before the event occurs. (See the resource on this site, Hosting Events - Accessibility Considerations, for additional information).

Should you have any questions or would like additional guidance, feel free to reach out to Accessibility Partners @ UVA via email at

Etiquette Resources: