Accessibility has been a long-standing tradition at Ball State. The Office of Disability Services has definitely evolved over the years. If you are a prospective student, new to Ball State, or new to disability services, this information will help you understand more of the “why” behind the “what” our office does to provide access and opportunity for students on campus.

Our Mission

Disability Services strives to create an environment that fosters access and opportunity for students with disabilities. Following an empowerment model, students with disabilities will have maximum opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Our Goals

In support of our mission, and in conjunction with the Strategic Plan for Ball State, DS will:

  • Enhance the ability of students with disabilities to understand how that disability affects the student in an educational setting and, with this understanding, learn how to be a better self-advocate.
  • Provide leadership on ensuring that disability is recognized as a rich part of the diversity fabric on campus through the involvement of students with disabilities on various boards and groups, guest speakers and special events, and presentations to various campus departments and offices.
  • Communicate effectively with pre-admission students and their parents, giving an open and honest evaluations of what accommodations might be available to that student.
  • Continually review relevant Court and Office for Civil Rights rulings concerning persons with disabilities as well as reviewing best practice models by membership in professional organizations and subscribing to a professional listserv and several journals.
  • Measure the effectiveness of our work by setting challenging goals and assessing and evaluating our progress towards meeting these goals.

For More Help

If you have questions or can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to call or email us. Or check our frequently asked questions for additional information and resources for students with disabilities.