Faculty & Staff Accessibility Resources

Welcome to the Office of Accessibility Services for Faculty and Staff!

The Office of Accessibility Services is located in the 2nd floor of Keiss Library, Room 201
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kelly Kiefer, Director of Student Accessibility Services
215-646-7300, ext. 21014

Erik Azzarano, Testing Coordinator
215-646-7300, ext. 21463

Gwynedd Mercy University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, national origin, religion, sex or disability in the administration of its educational, admission, scholarship or loan policies.

Accessibility Resources for Faculty & Staff

Here you will find a number of resource links, necessary documentation, and guided directions for making your courses or environment accessible for everyone. Get started by checking out our Accessibility Quick-Tips guide and our Overview of Universal Design for Learning.

Students with accommodations may choose to take their tests or other assessments through the Testing Center.

  • Testing Accommodation Form
    • A Testing Accommodation Form must be filled out for each student for each test and emailed or delivered to the Testing Coordinator.

  • Testing Center Guidelines
    • Learn about the process for working with students who need to schedule a test with the Testing Center.

Closed Captioning can be made available on many of the platforms used for class and supplemental learning.

It is important to understand etiquette and best practices when working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their interpreters. Learn more from these guides.

Mindfulness and meditation can have a positive impact on both our mental and physical health. Learn more about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation from these links.

Here are some apps to help you learn and practice meditation in your daily life. These links go to websites with information about the app, but to download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet and search for it.

Some students have an accommodation for a class notetaker. Please review the documentation below to learn more.

The following guides were created for technologies regularly used or readily available to the Gwynedd Community. A Gwynedd Mercy email address is required to access them. These guides go over different methods for making your class and your material more accessible.


Universal Design is the proactive, rather than reactive, approach to disabilities and accessibility. By designing an environment, physical or intellectual, that is universally accessible to everyone, you limit the need for accommodations and allow everyone, regardless of a disability, to benefit. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is how Universal Design fits into the classroom and higher education. You can start by watching this short 3-minute video from AHEAD for an introduction to UDL: What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)