» Resources for Students with Disabilities

This is an online resource for students with disabilities. This webpage was created in collaboration between Cross-Cultural Engagement and The Advisory Group on the Status of Disabilities & Accessibility. Want to add a resource to this page? Contact us!

+ - Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a list about accessible entrances on campus?

You can find all accessible entrances listed on the interactive campus map. To view accessible entrances, select "accessibility" on the left hand menu. 

What accommodations are available to me as a student with a disability?

Chapman University is committed to providing support services to achieve equal access to the education experience. Disability Services (DS) approves and coordinates accommodations and services for students with disabilities at Chapman to help students acquire skills essential to achieve academic and personal success. Information about registering with Disability Services is available here, You can find more information about accommodations such as sign language interrelation, use of voice recorders in classes, and peer note takers here. 

+ - Campus Resources


The Dean of Students Office, as with all concerns, serves as a resource for students by assisting in matters that impact the learning of all students.

Contact: Jerry Price | Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students | (714) 997-6721 | jprice@chapman.edu | Argyros Forum 101

DeAnn Yocum Gaffney | Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students | (714) 997-6721 | gaffney@chapman.edu | Argyros Forum 101

Chris Hutchison | Assistant Dean of Students | (714) 628-7321 | hutchiso@chapman.edu | Argyros Forum 303F


To view a list of accessible entrances at Chapman, click "Accessibility" on the campus interactive map.


The Student Government Association Campus Inclusion Committee addresses issues of diversity and equity affecting the campus. The committee actively seeks the concerns of underrepresented groups on campus and challenges itself to solve those issues.



Chapman University encourages students of all identities to partake in study abroad. Visit the Center for Global Education’s Diversity, Access, & Identity student resource webpage and scroll down to the Students with Disabilities section. You will find information to that supports students with disabilities in going abroad. If you have a learning or physical disability, the Center for Global Education can help you find a program that will best fit your needs.

Contact: Jodi Hicks | Assistant Director of Overseas Programs | (714) 997-6629 | jebner@chapman.edu


The Chapman Diversity Project, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, endeavors to bring students, staff, faculty, administrators and trustees together for meaningful dialogue focused on developing strategic priorities and recommendations for diversity and inclusion at Chapman.


Meets Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., every three weeks

Chapman’s Advisory Groups evaluate and recommend services, policies and programs for enhancing diversity and inclusion. Each Advisory Group is comprised of students, staff, faculty, administrators and trustees and is open to people of all identities.

Contact: Art Blaser | Faculty Co-Chair, Advisory Group on the Status of Disabilities & Accessibility | blaser@chapman.edu

Chelsea Dempsey | Staff Co-Chair, Advisory Group on the Status of Disabilities & Accessibility | dempsey@chapman.edu 

Jillian Strong | Alum Co-Chair, Advisory Group on the Status of Disabilities & Accessibility | jistrong@chapman.edu


Cross-Cultural Engagement offers programs and services that encourage students to explore, celebrate, and share their diverse cultures; further examine and cultivate the multiple aspects of their personal identities; develop an appreciation of and respect for diversity; and hone their skills in cross-cultural leadership and dialogue while creating a welcoming and inclusive campus community.

Contact: Leti Romo, Asst. Director of Student Engagement, Cross-Cultural Engagement | (714) 628-7242 | lromo@chapman.edu

CCE also offers the following opportunity:


The Breaking Ground: Disability Awareness training introduces individuals to the topic of disability awareness, focusing on the variety of disabilities represented at Chapman as well as on the national level. Individuals will gain insight into the nuances of what it can mean to live with a disability, supplemented by voices from the Chapman community. The session will include a brief introduction to the disability rights movement and the concept of ableism. In addition, trainees will develop proficient advocacy knowledge and skills, including but not limited to definitions, terms, people-first language, Disability Services resources, and campus accessibility ins-and-outs.


Cross-Cultural Initiatives provides a series of engaging experiences that expose students to multiple viewpoints on a variety of issues, as well as highlight the many different cultures that comprise the Chapman student community.

Contact: Leti Romo, Chair, Cross-Cultural Initiatives | (714) 628-7242 | lromo@chapman.edu


CERT is an advisory group comprised of faculty, staff, and students devoted to a stronger, more inclusive community at Chapman. CERT works to empower students following potential bias incidents that affect our campus community.


The Disability Services Office is designed to help students who have average or above average potential for learning and who exhibit significant difficulties due to a disability. We will support students to understand his/her limited abilities and compensate for them with ADA accommodations and alternative resources as well. Here at Chapman, we want to prepare students for the future by practicing self-advocacy. We will help guide the student on that journey by utilizing all available resources.

Contact: Andrea Killian | Counseling & Disability Services Coordinator | (714) 516-4520 | atedford@chapman.edu |410 N. Glassell Street (House between Public Safety & Student Health


Under the auspices of Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program, the Center operates as a non-profit clinic for individuals, couples, families, and children.  The dual mission of the Center is to provide high quality and affordable mental health services to the local community and to provide an excellent training and research environment to the graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Chapman University.

The Smith Center’s group therapy sessions will begin the week of Monday, September 12, and end the week of October 17. The following sessions will be offered:

  • Parenting: From Chaos to Calm: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Self-Care for Parents: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Self-Care Strategies for Success: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1 p.m.
  • Moving through Grief and Loss: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Healthy Relationships: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Stress Management: Thursdays, 11:30am-1 p.m.
  • Building Healthy Self Esteem: Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Contact: (714) 997-6746


Chapman University is committed to providing an environment which is free of any form of harassment and discrimination. You can report any instances of harassment and/or discrimination to the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer. 

Contact: Misha Martinez | Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer, Human Resources | (714) 997-6847 | mismarti@chapman.edu


The Leatherby Libraries are committed to providing access to library services for all patrons in the Chapman community. The Library provides access to research materials and services through reasonable accommodations such as readily accessible adaptive technology and software, special equipment and personal assistance. The information on this website is provided to help users with disabilities make the most efficient use of library facilities, materials and services.


Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) provides psychotherapy to students at Chapman University and is staffed with licensed and professional psychologists, counselors and counselor interns.

Student Psychological Counseling Services will be offering the following group sessions this fall:

Post-Study Abroad (reverse culture shock – A search for a new normal)

Mondays 4-5pm; Start date to be determined

Contact: Linda Karmelich, MA, LMFT | 714-744-7081  |  karmelic@chapman.edu

Anxiety Reduction Workshop

Tuesdays 10-11:15 a.m.; Beginning 9/6

Contact: Elizabeth Wilson, LMFT | 714-997-6728 | emwilson@chapman.edu

Adjusting to College Life (transitions group)

Wednesdays from 10-11:15 a.m.; Beginning 9/7, for 6 consecutive weeks

Contact: Corene Tague, LMFT | 714-532-7704 rtague@chapman.edu

ContactAndrea Killian | Counseling & Disability Services Coordinator | (714) 516-4520 | atedford@chapman.edu |410 N. Glassell Street (House between Public Safety & Student Health)


The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability and Autism is a new think tank that will gather data and develop its own independent research to study and, when appropriate, advocate on topics surrounding the issues of disability and autism. The Institute’s aim will be to educate policymakers and decision-makers on these topics toward improving the quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Contact: tpi@chapman.edu

+ - Student Organizations


Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Contact: activemindschapman@gmail.com


This club serves the purpose of benefiting and creating communication in American Sign Language. You don't have to be fluent in ASL or have any type of previous knowledge to join! Whether you're just starting out, or you've been practicing ASL for years, you are welcome to become a member!



+ - Off Campus Resources

AbilityFirst offers after school program for children with physical and developmental disabilities and provides a variety of social and recreational activities. Contact: (714) 821-7448 2660 West Broadway, Anaheim, California 92804 

National Alliance on Mental Health  Orange County is a grassroots, family and consumer self-help support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses, i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and PTSD. Contact: (714) 544-8488 1810 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Disabilities Association of America provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.

Learning Ally records the textbooks used in schools from coast to coast, in every grade level and every subject area. In addition to the classics, Learning Ally also works to provide the most current editions of state adopted texts.

ADDitude has provided clear, accurate, user-friendly information and advice from the leading experts and practitioners in mental health and learning.

International Dyslexia Association helps individuals with dyslexia and their supporters.

Advocates for Students with Disabilities

Here you can find a list of staff, faculty and administrators who are advocates for student diversity and inclusion at Chapman. While all staff, faculty and administrators are advocates for students, the people in these lists have committed to being an open door and advocate for students from underrepresented communities.