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Welcome to the ASO!

The ASO provides accessibility programs and support for students with documented disabilities and learning challenges. Our program serves more than 100 students with documented disabilities a year. Staffed with full and part-time faculty, this highly successful program supports students as they strive to master college-level work and pursue their academic goals.

Am I eligible for the ASO program?

You are eligible for the program if you:

  • Meet Reinhardt University entrance requirements
  • Have been diagnosed with a disability requiring academic accommodations

What support can I expect?

Reasonable accommodative services may include:

  • Individualized testing situations, including extended time
  • Copies of class lecture notes taken by selected students
  • Coordinated access to appropriate assistive learning technology
  • Tutoring sessions led by an ASO faculty member (requires additional tuition)
  • One-on-one academic advising and counseling
  • Academic coaching

How do I apply for entry into the ASO program?

  • During the admissions process, indicate that you received accommodation services in high school or at another college.
  • Inform your admissions counselor or the director of the Academic Support Office that you would like to receive services at Reinhardt.
  • All students admitted and committed to attend Reinhardt University are invited to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) before their first term of enrollment. During the NSO registration process, indicate that you would like to be considered for ASO.

The following documents should be submitted to the Academic Support Office:

  • A psychological/educational evaluation or a medical evaluation identifying your disability. The report should include a diagnosis and recommendations for accommodations. The report should be no more than three years old.
  • If you are applying for the B.O.L.D program, you need to provide three letters of recommendation addressing your motivation, aptitude, ability to set realistic goals, interpersonal skills and readiness for college.

After all documents listed above have been received by Reinhardt, an intake interview with the ASO director/advisor will be conducted. A decision regarding your acceptance into the ASO program will be made following a careful review of submitted materials and an interview.


“Life has many obstacles and having a disability can be one of them. The ASO program helped me all throughout college whether it was in academics or for personal reasons. They believed in me, helped me and gave me the support I needed to become the person I am today.”

Katie Carmichael, Reinhardt University Graduate

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Meet Our Staff

 Tunji  Adesesan

Tunji Adesesan

Director, Academic Support Office

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 Robin  Mcnally

Robin Mcnally

Assistant Professor of Math

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a disability?

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.

  • Major life activities: normal functions, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
  • Physical impairment: any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following bodily systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory and speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin and endocrine.
  • Mental impairment: any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
  • Learning disabilities: a generic term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. These disorders occur in persons of average to very superior intelligence.

I have a disability. How will this affect my application and the admissions process?

The University will make admission decisions without considering disability status. The University will not impose or apply admission or eligibility criteria that screen out or tend to screen out individuals on the basis of their disability, unless such criteria is necessary for the provision of the program, service or activity being offered. The University believes that this carries out the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

  • Students with disabilities desiring to enroll in any program, service or activity of Reinhardt University must be able to meet the minimal standards of both the University and the particular school, program, service, or activity to which admission is sought.
  • The University does not engage in any affirmative action programs for students with disabilities, nor does it consider a student’s disability in evaluating admission criteria. It is, of course, within the student’s discretion to inform the Admissions Committee of a disability if they wish. If this choice is made, the University will not discriminate against the student on the basis of the disability and will make reasonable accommodations when necessary.

I’ve been accepted at Reinhardt University, and I have a disability…how do I receive accommodations?

To receive accommodations, students will need to register with the Academic Support Office (ASO). Begin the registration process by contacting the ASO.

I need housing considerations. What do I need to do?

If you have a disability that affects your housing needs, register with this office so we can review other options. Because it can take time to find appropriate accommodations for housing needs.

My disability makes it hard for me to carry personal items (bookbag, computer, etc.) around campus. Does the University provide someone to help carry my personal items?

Students requiring assistance in transporting personal items may hire a personal assistant. They may also find a classmate with a similar schedule who can assist.

I have a service or emotional support animal. What do I need to do?

Service Animals (SA) are voluntarily registered and Emotional Support Animals(ESA) must be registered with the ASO.

Do I need to renew my accommodations every term and/or year?

Every semester, students who are registered with Academic Support Office must get accommodation letters from their ASO advisors to give to their professors.

Is information I disclose shared with anyone?

Information shared during registration with ASO will be kept confidential—consistent with state and federal law and applicable ethical standards. Additionally, student association

and paperwork with the ASO is maintained separate from student academic profiles. Association with this office will not be reflected on any transcripts or University records.

Faculty and staff members may be informed of a student’s registration with this office, but no details of a disability will be released without expressed, written consent. Information regarding accommodations is only shared as an incidence of necessity (e.g. disclosure to professors that a student has accommodations in order to acquire exams for proctoring).

State and federal law and professional ethics do allow for a few exceptions in which some information may be shared with others.

Examples of the types of circumstances that may warrant the discussion of confidential information with others include:

  • A written request that information about be shared with someone outside of this office
  • If information shared gives this office reason to suspect that a child or elderly person may be a victim of abuse or neglect
  • If there is reason to suspect that a student is a danger to themselves or others

How do I access my accommodations while studying abroad?

Students receive the same accommodations while studying abroad but must be registered with ASO to receive accommodations.

Are there scholarships available for students with disabilities?

Reinhardt University makes no representation or guarantees about these scholarships, but some resources students may want to explore are listed here.