Salome Heyward Speaks at Rutgers on Disability Compliance

Salome Heyward speaking to audienceSalome Heyward visited Rutgers-New Brunswick on November 1 to discuss current issues in disability compliance and responsibilities of higher education institutions. Her presentation attracted more than 125 people, including Rutgers faculty, staff, and administration, as well as staff members from disability services offices at other colleges throughout New Jersey.

The all-day event was divided into five topics – faculty and testing accommodations, accessible technology, recent litigation, housing, and lastly, a question and answer session for disability office personnel. The presentation was held on the Livingston Campus and streamed live to Newark and Camden campuses, and was hosted by the Office of Disability Services, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and the New Jersey chapter of AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability).

Dr. Heyward’s presentation included information about the following:

  • Recent Office for Civil Rights complaints and agreeements
  • Interesting and relevant court cases in higher education
  • Differences between service animals and comfort animals
  • Accessible technology, information and course materials
  • How faculty and administration play an important role in ensuring equal access
  • Rights and responsibilities for individuals with disabilities
  • Accessible housing and dining facilities

Dr. Heyward frequently provides legal opinions and information on disability issues to colleges and universities, as well as providing legal background to many major news organizations. She is a civil rights attorney with over 30 years of experience and is a well-known and respected speaker and trainer in the area of disability discrimination law and disability management. For further information on Salome Heyward and Associates: http://salomeheyward.info/


The Office of Disability Services (ODS) encourages anyone in the Rutgers community to reach out to us whenever a question arises about accommodating students with disabilities. Our office has resources to assist with common educational issues, such as:

  • making textbooks, documents, videos, and online learning tools accessible;
  • handling needs of students in the classroom, residence halls or while transporting around campuses;
  • best practices for accommodating students receiving exam accommodations.

Contact us at 848-445-6800, or look at the faculty section on our website, where you will find information on these and many more topics.