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Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility and Testing Services

Elizabeth City State University is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students to accomplish their educational goals, as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life.

Through intentional partnerships with students, faculty and staff, the Office of  Student Accessibility and Testing Services strives to create an atmosphere that encourages students' independence, responsibility for self, effective communication skills and a respect for the diverse learning experience.


The flat terrain Northeast North Carolina is particularly well suited to those with mobility limitations and to wheel chair users.
Physical facilities on the ECSU campus are fundamentally accessible. Classroom buildings and all student services buildings are accessible throughout. There exists an on-going effort to remove barriers and increase safety on campus. For information and assistance with physical access to classrooms, buildings, or the campus environment please contact:
  • Hassan Harper – Facilities Superintendent 
  • Dennis Leary – Environmental Health and Safety
Getting around Campus:
  • Parking for Persons with Disabilities (Spaces are available throughout the campus)

All students may request housing considerations. However disability related accommodations must be approved in advance by submitting documentation to Student Accessibility Services for verification.

Housing accommodations for students with documented disabilities are determined based on the need for equal opportunity; this determination is not made based on a perceived benefit to the student. Special housing needs should be discussed with the SATS and Housing & Residence Life well in advance of enrollment.

On-campus housing includes modified accommodations for students with disabilities. Residence halls have elevators and are accessible throughout. Student residence rooms and suites are first floor accessible to students with mobility impairments.

Student Accessibility Services offers an array of assistive technology (AT) available for student use or accommodation need.  Individuals registered with SATS  who are interested in using the  or receiving any support regarding Assistive Technology (AT) should call the Student Accessibility Office  (252-335-3642) to check on the availability of resources and staff.  Upon request and staff availability AT consultation or training for registered students can be scheduled.

AT, described in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, can be software, equipment, or other products "used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." The Office of Student Accessibility Services has taken an active role in identifying and obtaining necessary AT in order to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Students registered through SATS may access the following equipment for their academic/personal use:

Assistive technology available for use through the Office of Student Accessibility Services:
    • Echo Pen
    • Read & Write Gold 
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking (Speech to Text Program)
    • Enlarged key keyboards
    • Prodigy
    • Amplifier
    • Zoomtech 

Read&Write Gold is a flexible literacy software solution that can help readers and writers--including some individuals with disabilities--access support tools needed to reach their potential, build confidence and independence, and succeed.

Read&Write Gold "is a discrete, customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications." It will read text on the screen and is compatible with Adobe Acrobat/Reader, Daisy and Microsoft Word.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center provides ADA statutes, regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), federally reviewed tech sheets, and other assistance.
  • American Council of the Blind strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired individuals by: serving as a representative national organization of the blind; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of persons who are blind; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education progr-am to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind individuals.
  • The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities.
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt (Section 501 (c) (3) ) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. In addition to our informative Web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD.
  • The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
  • disABLEDperson, Inc. is a portal for college grads with disabilities! disABLEDperson, Inc. is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities find employment. This occurs through the online recruitment program and through cooperative agreements with other mainstream employment services. We are proud to announce the addition of our new service for students with disabilities who have or are close to obtaining a college degree.We are working alongside employers to secure job postings for these graduates.
  • The Faculty Room (DO-IT, sponsored by The University of Washington) includes comprehensive information on topics such as:
  • Academic accommodations
  • Universal design of instruction
  • Equal access to computer technology and the Web
  • Rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities and faculty
  • JAN's (Job Accommodation Network) mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of employees with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, individuals with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects.
  • The National Rehabilitation Association provides advocacy, awareness and career advancement for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation.
  • The National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology is the world's first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • The Postsecondary Education Programs Network's (PEPNET) national network of regional centers provides resources, information, in-service training, and expertise to enhance educational opportunities for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.
  • For 60 years, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has been the leading producer of accessible audiobooks for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult or impossible.
  • Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers [DBTACs] REGION IV is the regional resource for the Americans with Disabilities Act for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. Founded in 1949, the national organization and its nationwide network of affiliates strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society-from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community. As one of the largest health charities in America, the mission of United Cerebral Palsy is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities through an affiliate network.
Testing programs required by individuals, the University, and national testing programs are coordinated by the Office of Student Accessibility and Testing Services. The service is provided for students, staff, and non-campus affiliated individuals.
  • ACT (American College Testing Assessment Test) College Entrance Exam: The ACT measures high school students' general educational development and their readiness for academic work at the college level. The ACT covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science in a multiple choice format. The optional Writing Test measures the ability to plan and write a short essay.
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program) The College-Level Examination Program offers 34 exams that are administered at 1,300 colleges and universities nationwide; 2,900 institutions award college credit to those who perform well on them. CLEP is administered in the Office of Student Accessibility Services and can be scheduled upon request for $100.00
  • College Student Inventory Academic success is especially important here at Elizabeth City State University. The CSI is a questionnaire designed to help us assess study habits, attitudes, abilities and social interests. The CSI enables the Counseling and Testing Center staff to identify strengths and challenges which enables staff to provide appropriate supportive services; empowering new students to achieve college goals. New students can take the on-line College Student Inventory prior to attending New Student Orientation. Students are scheduled wit ha counselor to review results and receive appropriate referral recommendations. Students also receive a personal copy.
  • SAT
  • ACT
Additional Resources


Karen Hinton

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
121 Griffin Hall