Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) functions to assist students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services. Services provided are designed to encourage independence and self- advocacy, backed by a comprehensive system of support services. OAS is also a New York State Agency-Based Voter Registration Site, where students with disabilities are offered information, voter registration application forms and the opportunity to register to vote. 

The mission of the Office of Accessibility Services at John Jay College is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all college programs, services, and activities. It is our objective to see that students with disabilities are provided with an impactful learning experience. The Office of Accessibility Services challenges every individual to be independent, responsible, problem-solvers and self-advocates in charge of their own lives. John Jay College is committed to equal access to education. We want to ensure that all students are afforded the same opportunity to participate in the learning process.


Voter registration information and application forms are available at the website for the State Board of Elections of the State of New York at



Defining a Disability

A person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, learning, hearing, speaking, or breathing. A person is also protected under the ADA if he or she has a record of a disability or is regarded as having a disability and is thus discriminated against. It is important to know that disabilities can be both visible and hidden. That is, many disabilities may not be obvious to an observer. These can include epilepsy, diabetes, and certain vision-based disabilities. People can also have multiple disabilities, such as an individual who is both legally blind and hard-of-hearing.

A person with a disability may have:

  • A physical or psychological condition which substantially limits one of his/her major life activities(including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working)
  • A record of such impairment

Disabilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disorders
  • Medical Disabilities
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Temporary Disability Conditions
  • Visual Impairments