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Students | Office of Accessible Education

How will I receive accommodations for the Fall 2020 semester?

The Office of Accessible Education will work with students who have health conditions that require official accommodation. Please contact the Office of Accessible Education if you have any concerns about returning to campus for classes. The OAE works with all colleges to provide all-online schedules where they are needed.

How do I contact my Accessibility Counselor?

Continue to make appointments through the OAE webpage. Your counselor can visit with you via phone, Google Meet, or Zoom. The method for your meeting will be emailed to you via YouCanBookMe.

What housing options will be available for Fall 2020?

Contact your Accessibility Counselor via email/phone to discuss your options for housing.

What if I don’t have a laptop or access to wifi?

Please check Media Services for equipment rentals and review our list of Wifi Access options. Contact the Office of Accessibility at 504.865.2990 to discuss other options.

Can I get an accommodation for a food allergy?

Yes, please email oae@loyno.edu for food accommodations.

What is Aira?

Aira is a service that helps low vision or blind individuals navigate the world and complete daily tasks. Using a smartphone application, users connect to a remote, highly-trained agent who can see the user’s surroundings through the phone’s camera and offer assistance. It is available for free to anyone on Loyola University New Orleans’ campus.

How can I access Aira?

Anyone on our campus, including students, staff, faculty, and visitors, can use the Aira service by downloading the free Aira app on their smartphone and connecting to a trained agent through the app. You must enable location services in the app to gain unlimited access on our campus.

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What type of help can Aira provide?

Aira agents can see the user’s surroundings through their smartphone camera and describe the setting. Some other examples of how Aira agents can help include:

  • Finding a classroom or building on campus
  • Reading signage or information on a bulletin board
  • Locating elevators, stairs, and doors
  • Assisting with electronics and technical support
  • Accessing public transportation and shuttles 

As we’ve made many new changes to our campus environment and social distancing protocols, Aira will be even more helpful for those with visual differences. Agents can help users navigate waiting areas and follow social distancing and directional markers.

Can I access Aira off campus?

Aira services are unlimited on campus and free for the first 5 minutes for off-campus calls.