Welcome to the Office of Counseling & Accessibility

Posted 8/11/20 - Notice from the Office of Counseling and Accessibility. Due to COVID-19 concerns and social distancing requirements, all student appointments and faculty consults will be done virtually via Microsoft Teams during the Fall 2020 semester.  Please contact Dr. Jane Fink at 330.684.8787 or e-mail jfink@uakron.edu for a counseling appointment. Please contact Julie Hartzler at 330.684.8923 or e-mail julie21@uakron.edu for an accessibility appointment. You may also call the Smucker Learning Center front desk at 330.684.8960 or e-mail smuckerlearningcenter@uakron.edu to request an appointment.

The staff of the Office of Counseling & Accessibility would like to welcome you to our office and to The University of Akron Wayne College.

Our goal is to provide reasonable accommodations and a supportive, well-resourced environment to students with disabilities in order to promote student success. We strive to provide students with disabilities equal access to learning opportunities and services that level the academic playing field but does not provide unfair advantage at the University of Akron Wayne College. Our office is in the Smucker Learning Center, Room B-107.

This mission goes well beyond the legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and supports the University's commitment to create an accessible and welcoming environment for all students.

Accessibility Services provides services for students with:

  • Cognitive disabilities, such as learning disabilities or brain injuries
  • Physical disabilities, such as vision/hearing impairments or mobility issues
  • Psychological disabilities, such as ADHD, anxiety, or mood disorders
  • Temporary disabilities, such as short-term injuries or medical issues
  • Accommodations will not be approved until documentation from a qualified professional is presented to the Disability Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may include but are not limited to:

Important Update

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, the health and well-being of our campus community is a priority. Our top priority is to support the Wayne College community through virtual delivery of services and accommodations.  Currently, the Office of Accessibility will be operating via online through email and pre-scheduled phone meetings, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  All appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. Current students already registered with the Office of Accessibility should log into STARS and their University email for frequent updates and critical communication related to accommodations and services.  Additionally, students should connect with their assigned Disability Specialist to help navigate current accommodation plans.

Faculty, staff, and other community members should email the Office of Accessibility at julie21@uakron.edu with questions and to schedule virtual appointments.

We look forward to continuing to support our campus community during this temporary in-person closure.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Akron Wayne College does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs and activities.