Purpose and Goals

Accessible Education at Bates exists to empower students, strive for equity, and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion. It is also our goal to promote student learning and development outcomes that are aligned with the college’s mission of engaging the best scholars in the world and creating a personalized and academically rigorous experience that fosters a diverse and inclusive learning community. Accessible Education strives to strengthen and develop interdepartmental collaboration and community and alumni partnerships in order to accomplish its purpose and outcomes.

Purpose of Accessible Education

The purpose of Accessible Education is to eliminate competitive disadvantages and remove environmental barriers that impact learning and student development while fostering independent, self-determined, and global learners.

Accessible Education embraces the concept of disability as diversity. Bates is committed to supporting all students holistically, where a disability is just one component of a whole person. Success is not achieved despite one’s disability but in concert with it.

Bates College is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. As such, Bates does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristic in any student program or activity administered by the college or with regard to admission or employment.

Bates College welcomes students with disabilities and values their diverse experiences and perspectives. The college provides appropriate and reasonable accommodation to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Bates also works to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to college programs, facilities, technology and websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Minimize barriers, allowing for full access to both academic and co-curricular programming college-wide
  • Determine eligibility for disability related accommodations for students who self-disclose
  • Develop comprehensive accommodation plans using a self-determination model
  • Incorporate disability within the culture of diversity