Accessibility of American University in Dubai


Services on campus are well facilitated: disability-friendly accommodations in the dorms, washrooms for people with disability around the university, ramps, elevators, staff support.
Based on the student condition, personal care assistant can share room with student, or book for a unconnected room in the dorms (based on vacancies).


  • on campus: use of wheelchair, gulf car controlled by security (if needed);
  • Outside campus, train station is located in AUD Campus parking.


  • Health services are covered 24/7, Health Center is located on campus, operational hours from 8 am- 5 pm.
  • Qualified Staff Nurses, Female and Male Housing Controllers are residing in the dorms to assist any emergencies after working hours. Two doctors from American Hospital are on call.
  • “First Aid Guide” information is available at the main reception, in each classroom, studio, workshop, laboratory; library, adjunct rooms, security guard offices in the lounges of both male and female dorms, and on the back of each door of the students’ residence halls.
  • For additional health care student can be transferred to an equipped treatment room in the residence halls, or will be referred to outside health services shall the case seeks health specialist’s intervention.
  • AUD Health Center services and support are free of charge. However, patients with serious illnesses, in need for specialized health assistance (Physiotherapy), or emergencies, will be referred to specialist healthcare, or to a regional hospital.

Academic Support

  • Special test location to provide quiet, non- disruptive environment
  • Note taker in class
  • Oral interpreter
  • Test reader and / or scribe
  • Presentations to be given in front of faculty only
  • Adapted academic materials
    • Enlarged copies
    • Possibility of audio recording the class
    • Magnetic/induction/deaf loop
    • Software and other adapted academic materials
    • Tape recorder for lectures
    • Laptop computer/ Adaptive computer
    • Spell check / dictionary
    • IT Accessibilities: Open Dyslexic & Word Talk
    • Calculator
    • Smart devices for visual or hearing impairment

Examination accommodations

Additional time for

  • Work done in class
  • Tests
    • 25% more time (1-hour test is 1 h 15 min)
    • 50% more time (1-hour test is 1 h 30 min)
    • 100% more time (1-hour test is 2 hours)
  • Assignments and Projects
    • 1-3 extra days, to be determined with instructor
    • Jury presentations (If applicable): will be done in front of instructor+ Chair / Dean
    • Final projects/assignments:
      • Extra review time with instructor
      • 2 extra days.
  • No group projects: alternative assignments to be determined with instructor before project is launched

Academic related Accommodations

  • Setting due dates for smaller pieces of assignment
  • Provide help in breaking down exams into smaller segments
  • Alternate class material / testing format (provided by the Instructor)
    • Email / visual format (PPT Handout)
    • All essays
    • Oral exam
    • All multiple choice

    Other _______________
  • Shadow Teacher (if needed)

Facilities in classroom

  • Seating:
    • Near door
    • Front row
  • Opportunity to stand or move around
  • Wheel chair access
  • Opportunity to leave classroom multiple times


Managed with current facilities in terms of accommodating community members with specific needs, including mobility, sight and hearing needs. Existing Facilities includes but not limited to

  • The library’s study desks, reference computer desks and two computer laboratories can comfortably accommodate wheelchair access.
  • The library occupies a single floor with no changes in floor levels.
  • An elevator is available to access the library on the second floor.
  • Ramps are available at multiple entrance points to the building for wheelchair access.
  • The library is well-lit, with artificial and natural lighting.
  • Sections of the library are signposted to indicate different collections and service points.
  • The library subscribes to a large collection of digital research resources that allow for some level of font magnification through screen zooming.
  • A core set of undergraduate databases from Gale (largely humanities and social sciences subject areas) provide text to audio functionality.
  • Peripheral equipment available for circulation, that may support different learning and reading needs, include headphones and iPads. Occasional print magnification can be managed by iPads and mobile devices with cameras.
  • Librarians can also tailor instruction of library resources and research processes to accommodate different learning needs, including one-to-one consultations
  • Access to adapted housing (wheelchair access, housing adapted for visually impaired individuals, possibility of an additional room for a personal care assistant).

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