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Students | Office of Accessible Education

How will I receive accommodations for the academic year?

The Office for Accessible Education will work with students who have diagnoses that require reasonable accommodations. Please contact the Office for Accessible Education if you have any concerns about returning to campus for classes or anxiety around online courses. 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 Spring 2021?

Contact your Accessibility Counselor via email/phone to discuss your options for housing. The deadline to request housing accommodations for Spring 2021 for new students is December 1, 2020.

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

WiFi is available to all local students in common campus spaces. A limited number of WiFi hotspots and laptops have been purchased through the Father James Carter Digital Equity fund. If you are in need of a device, please contact Ms. Laurie Phillips at phillips@loyno.edu or submit a request through the BIT report form.

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.