Disability Support

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Disability Services for Students

Review the items below to find answers to frequently asked questions about UDC Law building accessibility, academic accommodations for current or incoming students, working in the legal professional with a disability and who to go to for help. 

Parking

The law school building has an underground parking garage with accessible parking spaces for students who purchase a parking permit. There is also a ramp leading to the entry door to the Law School from the garage. The entry door is quipped with an automatic door opener.

A visitor parking garage is located underneath the main UDC campus with accessible parking spaces; the entrance is on Van Ness Street NW.

Access by Public Transit

Traveling by Metro:

Take the Red Line to Van Ness-UDC Metro Station. Take the elevator to the street level and turn left. Proceed straight ahead on Connecticut Ave NW, cross Windom Pl NW. The law school will be on your left.

Plan your train trip with Metro’s Trip Planner.

All Metrorail stations and rail cars are accessible. All stations feature accessible priority parking near station entrances, information on station pylons in Braille and raised alphabet and extra-wide faregates, among other features. All stations have elevators and directional signs indicating elevator locations.

Rail cars feature gap reducers between the car and the platform, barriers between cars, priority seating for people with disabilities and emergency intercoms accessible to wheelchair users that also include instructions in Braille and raised alphabet.

For detailed information, please visit Metrorail Accessibility page.

Traveling by Bus:

The following bus routes stop at UDC: L1 and L2 (Connecticut Avenue Line) and H2 (Crosstown Line). 

Plan your bus trip with Metro’s Trip Planner

All buses in the Metro fleet are accessible, with the ability to kneel or lower; all have either low floor ramps or lifts. Major stops, landmarks and intersections are either announced by an automated stop announcement system or the bus operator. All buses feature two wheelchair securement areas and priority seating for senior citizens and people with disabilities near the front of the bus.

For detailed information, please visit Metrobus Accessibility page.

Traveling by MetroAccess:

MetroAccess is a shared-ride, door-to-door, paratransit service for people who cannot independently use the accessible bus and/or rail system due to a disability. More information about the service can be found on the MetroAccess page.

Building Access

Building access is 24/7 for enrolled law students with their University ID. The Law School has accessible entry from the garage and from the main entrance to the Law School. Each entrance is equipped with an automatic door opener.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available on each floor. The 1st floor, Law Library and 3rd floors have gender neutral restrooms. All restrooms have at least one accessibility stall for use. 

Accommodated Student Space

There are a wide range of exam accommodations available to students receiving academic accommodations, including extended time; a reduced distraction/private testing environment; spaced out examination times; a hard-copy of exams; large-print exams; dictation software; headset usage and permission to use a braille device, computer or magnifying device, to name a few. Students receiving exam accommodations have a dedicated space in the Law School to meet these needs.  

The Office of the Dean of Students works closely with the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) to provide equal educational opportunities for qualified enrolled or admitted law students with disabilities in accordance with District and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 2008 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Please visit the Academic Accommodations page for information regarding academic accommodations for current or incoming students.

Please see this Resume and Employment Guide for People with Disabilities, prepared by Resume Builder, for best practices for resume writing, laws that protect disabled workers from discrimination and several other topics that may be helpful for job seekers with disabilities. 

Eligibility for Academic Accommodations   

The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is charged with the responsibility of exploring possible coverage and reasonable accommodations for law students for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. ARC can be reached at arc@udc.edu or (202) 274-6417.

Implementation of Academic Accommodations

The Associate Dean of Students Erica Smith works with students to implement their academic accommodations. Please contact Dean Smith at erica.smith4@udc.edu, in Suite 448 or at (202) 274-7322.

Issues with elevators, automatic doors or other building issues

Please contact Mr. Michael Harris, Office Manager, at mbharris@udc.edu, in Suite 443 or at (202) 274-5765. Please copy Dean Smith on all communications.