Individuals with Disabilities

“A big part of diversity for me is fostering a culture of inclusiveness at the University, making Pitt a place that’s attractive to be, where you encounter a mix of new ideas, outlooks, and people that reflects the global reality. . ." To do that, it is “important to have an inclusive and accessible American society.”  

— Chancellor Patrick Gallagher


The University of Pittsburgh embraces the "different-abilities" of it's students, faculty and staff. Through University and Community Resources we will create a environment that appreciates everyone's ability and contribution to the community.

Community Resources

View a list of community resources outside of Pitt to support individuals with disabilities.

University Resources

Additional University Resources are devoted to enhancing diversity and inclusion in educational and employment experience and creating equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

Disability Etiquette Guide

This Disability Etiquette Guide is provided to encourage dignity and respect and to suggest possible good etiquette when interacting with individuals with disabilities.  With that in mind, please know that individuals with disabilities are just that, individuals.  As a result, they may have different to/ experiences of similar events. Thus, suggestions on this page are precisely suggestions, not rules.  Please review and consider these suggestions and use them where appropriate, as a means of conveying respect and sensitivity towards individuals with disabilities. The key to avoiding misunderstanding is sensible dialogue.

Diversity Includes Disability

We believe a diverse and inclusive learning community strengthens our entire university and enriches learning, scholarship, and the communities we serve.  Learn more about a campaign to spread awareness about what a diverse and inclusive community means to Pitt.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. 

Requesting an Accommodation

The University of Pittsburgh strives to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in employment practices.  Need an accommodation?

Disability Resources and Services

The University is committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to individuals with disabilities.  Here at Pitt, Disability Resources and Services (DRS) provides access to many resources and determines reasonable accommodations and services.

Disclose Disability Status

The talents, experiences and perspectives of the University's faculty and staff members with disabilities add immeasurably to our campus.  The University is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with disabilities can thrive professionally and takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.  To reach these goals, we ask that you disclose your status.

How to File a Grievance

If you believe that you have been inappropriately denied a requested accommodation, that an accommodation is inadequate, that a program or activity is inaccessible, or that you have suffered discrimination or harassment based on disability, you may have the opportunity to file a grievance.