Tools and Resources

Disability Services

Disability Services Liaisons

Disability Services liaisons are designated faculty or staff from each school, academic program, or campus service who work with the Office of Disability Services to coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities.

Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services

Barnard College resources for accessing accommodations, housing, dining, and other tools.

Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

OASID works with all academic departments, faculty members, and administrative offices to ensure that individuals with disabilities can participate fully and equally in the Teachers College community.

Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office provides a safe space for faculty, students, staff, and affiliates to confidentially discuss work-related issues, academic concerns, clarification of policies, and other concerns.

Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia

Accessibility in Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning provides instructors with an overview of accessibility in teaching and learning and general “getting started” strategies for making learning resources, tools, experiences, and opportunities accessible to all learners. Creating an accessible learning environment for your students is part of an inclusive practice.

If you’re interested in learning more about inclusive teaching in general, read the Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia.

Web and Digital Resources

CUIMC Accessibility Guidelines

Columbia University Irving Medical Center web accessibility guidelines ensure that not only individuals with disabilities can access information, but users of any type of device, regardless of their abilities; in keeping with Columbia’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

CUIT Guidelines

Columbia University Information Technology works with the Office of Disability Services to provide all the equipment that people need to do their academic work.

Email (LionMail) Accessibility

The infrastructures behind LionMail and LionMail Calendar are fully compatible with client software such as Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail; these clients can all be used with screen-reader software.

Web and Identity Guidelines

Guidelines and best practices that promote a unified institutional identity and leverage Columbia's name, reputation, and trademarks in support of the University mission, diversity, and inclusion.

Columbia Design System

A collection of modular design elements that provide ready-to-use code that is responsive, accessible, and in keeping with University web development, design, security, usability, and identity guidelines.

Columbia Sites

Modern, affordable, easy-to-use websites for Columbia research, academic, and administrative groups; these websites-in-a-box meet the university accessibility standard.

General Inquiries

Student Accommodations

Disability Services provides accommodations and services to eligible students.

Workplace Accommodations

Faculty and staff with permanent or temporary medical conditions may have a spectrum of needs that can be addressed by the Human Resources Leave Management Office.


It is helpful for our well-being, to be comfortable and efficient while working. Ergonomics helps workers adapt their work to promote safety and efficiency rather than work influencing their well-being.

Disability Housing Accommodations

Accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in Columbia’s traditional housing arrangements.

Service and Assistance Animals

Columbia recognizes that service animals provide individuals with disabilities enhanced autonomy and independence, and the University has established guidelines regarding having such animals on campus.