Assistive Technology

The University Library Lab is located on the lower level of the University Library. Hours of the lab are the same as library hours. Assistive technology provided in the lab includes text scanning, screen magnifiers and text magnifiers. Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 is available on all 42 computers in the lab to listen to PDF files. Students should bring their own headphones or check out a pair at the circulation desk of the library. Students who are registered with Disability Resources are strongly encouraged to use this lab. Students who need access to assistive technology not listed above are encouraged to contact DR.

ADA Compliance Council

Purpose and Function

In accordance with Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Samford University has organized a compliance council to build greater awareness of the university’s efforts to provide accessible programs, activities and facilities.

The charge of the council is to promote an inclusive campus environment that facilitates equal opportunities and access for individuals with disabilities at Samford University.  Through the work of the council, Samford will endeavor to either eliminate or prevent physical, programmatic, policy, informational and attitudinal barriers or implement reasonable accommodations to mitigate those challenges in a manner that enables Samford to satisfy its compliance obligations under federal and state mandates. 

The council serves in an advisory capacity and makes recommendations to administrators in order to facilitate the university’s efforts to provide accessible programs, activities and facilities.  Functions of the council include the following: 

  • Review programs, services, activities, policies and facilities for ADA/504 compliance and accessibility.
  • Review issues reported to the council via barrier reporting. Inform appropriate campus personnel of any issues requiring action.  Provide information, support, and follow-up as needed to ensure appropriate and timely resolution.
  • Provide input to help facilitate accessibility consideration for proposed building construction and remodeling projects, and the purchase of software, technology, or other products.
  • Support faculty and staff education and awareness of ADA/504 requirements.
  • Disseminate ADA and accessibility information to departments across campus.

Members

Contributing to the greater mission of the university through their service to the council and its charge, council members should demonstrate a commitment to an inclusive environment in which disability is recognized as a component of diversity.  Those who serve on the council should also demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a campus-wide initiative to ensure equal access for individuals with disabilities.  Council members serve as a liaison between the committee and their department, helping to raise awareness regarding accessibility and working to eliminate existing barriers.  Members regularly attend council meetings which are held quarterly, provide input and recommendations concerning accessibility, report to the council on ways in which accessibility is being addressed within their department, and remain knowledgeable of accessibility issues on the horizon in their respective fields.

Campus Building Accessibility

Barrier Notice

Samford University is committed to equal access and the civil rights of people with disabilities, and so strives to remove barriers to its programs wherever they may exist through systematic barrier removal, proper and timely maintenance, encouraging universal design, etc. In the event you encounter a barrier on the campus, such as an inoperative elevator, bicycles blocking an access ramp or problems in the technology labs, help identify them so the university can maintain access by removing barriers as quickly as possible.

Reports about barriers may be made by submitting detailed information to disability@samford.edu. Information submitted does not constitute a formal complaint or grievance. However, Samford will follow up in as timely a manner as possible.

Academic Buildings

Brooks Hall

  • Elevator on north side of building. Access sidewalk on east side of library, continue in front of Law School and behind Brooks Hall to service elevator; accesses first and second floors. Third floor can be accessed by elevator, but you must call.
  • Accessible restroom on first floor. Exit elevator to left. Follow hallway to the right. Take the first left and restroom is on the right.

Buchanan Hall

  • Enter accessible main entrance of Harrison Theatre, turn left to enter Buchanan Hall, second floor only accessible. Accessible restrooms are to the right of Harrison Theatre entrance past the box office.

Burns Hall

  • Accessible entrance on east side (back) of building. Follow sidewalk on north side of building (in front of Brooks Hall) to back of Burns. Once entered the building, turn right, follow hallway to the left, accessible restroom on left for second and third floors.
  • Elevator is directly across from the accessible entrance.
  • For Accessible Restrooms on first floor exit elevator and turn left. Restrooms on right.

Chapman Hall

  • Enter through Burns Hall entrance; take left to enter Chapman Hall side of building. Accessible Restrooms and Elevator on Burns side of the building.

College of Health Sciences Building 1

  • Eight Accessible Parking Spaces are located on the top level of the parking deck. Follow the breezeway to automatic door. Elevator is located straight ahead from entrance on the left with access to all floors. With the elevator on your left turn right to cross over to Building 2.
  • On the second floor exit elevator straight for access to Building 2 through automatic door.
  • Accessible restrooms on first floor are to the left behind the elevator. Additional accessible restrooms are through the double doors at the end of the hall on the left.
  • Accessible restrooms on floors 2-5 turn right out of the elevator and right down the hall. Take the first left and restrooms are on the left.
  • Third floor has a unisex accessible restroom. Exit the elevator to the right and restroom is on the right.

College of Health Sciences Building 2

  • Access from building 1 via bridge through atrium on Floors 1 and 2. Doors are directly across from elevator. Automatic Door on second floor.
  • Accessible restrooms on first floor go left from entrance and restrooms are on the left.
  • For the elevator from the entrance go left and the elevator is around the first turn on the right.
  • Accessible restrooms on floors A, G, and 2 are out of the elevator to the right. Take the first left and restrooms are on the left.
  • On level A exit elevator to the left and follow hallway to the left for accessible entrance to the Atrium.

Cooney Hall

  • Four accessible parking spaces are located on the south side of the building. Follow the sidewalk and use ramp access to automatic door to the left of the main entrance for access to the first floor. Elevator is on the left as you enter the lobby. First floor accessible restrooms are in the far corners from the main entrance. Men’s restroom on the right women’s restroom on the left.
  • Two accessible parking spaces are located on the north side of the building directly across from the automatic door main entrance that leads to the second floor. Elevator is on the right.
  • Accessible restrooms on the second and third floor. Women’s restroom is to the left of the elevators. Men’s restroom is across from the elevators.
  • Fourth floor accessible restrooms are on the left upon exiting the elevator.

Divinity Hall North

  • Ramp entrance at both doors.
  • Accessible restrooms on west end of building for second and third floor.
  • Accessible restrooms on first floor are next to the kitchen in the student commons.
  • Elevator on east end of building.

Divinity Hall South

  • Accessible entrance on south side of building at ground level including elevator and accessible restrooms
  • Accessible restrooms on ground and first floor directly across from elevator.
  • Accessible restrooms on second and third floors at the east end of the building.

Dwight M. Beeson Hall

  • Ramp access on right side of front entrance is for access to Brock Forum (DBH 131) only. Restrooms can be accessed by the doors at the front of Brock Forum. Women’s on the left. Men’s on the right.
  • Accessible ramp entrance with push button door on west side of building. Follow hallway to the left. Accessible restrooms are on the left. Continue following hallway to the right to access elevator.

Ingalls Hall

  • Accessible entrance with automatic door on south and north side of building between Russell and Ingles Halls. This entrance accesses both Ingalls Hall to the east and Russell Hall to the west and is the only accessible entrance to Ingalls Hall. You will need to call Admissions to be let in this way.
  • The second Floor can be accessed by the second floor of Russel Hall. Turn left and the elevator will be on the right.
  • Elevator accesses ground through third floors.
  • Unisex accessible restroom on third floor. Exit elevator right, go around the desk on left and continue to back of room. Restroom on right.

Law Library

  • Accessible entrance on north side of library, Riley Road entrance. The north entrance leads into a breezeway which connects the library and the law school. Go left to library and right to law school. Once entered the library, elevator is straight ahead at the opposite end of the reading room from the entrance and slightly to the right of the stairs at the far end of the law library. The elevator accesses first through fourth floors. Accessible restrooms are in the back right corner on each floor.

Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall

  • First-floor accessible entrances are on the south side of the building. Two accessible parking spaces have access to sidewalk and the two entrances. Right entrance has elevator on right. Left entrance has accessible restrooms on the left.
  • Accessible second floor main entrance on east side of building from street. Elevator is to the left upon entering. Turn right upon entering and follow hallway to accessible women’s restroom on left. Turn Left upon entering and follow hallway to accessible men’s restroom on right.
  • Accessible restrooms on third floor. Exit elevator. Men’s in back left corner and women’s in back right corner.
  • Accessible unisex restrooms on fourth floor. Exit elevator either direction and follow hallways to end.

Propst Hall

  • Three Accessible parking spaces in the lot to the north of the building. Walk toward the north side of the building for an automatic door entrance to first floor. North elevator is on the left side.
  • Accessible entrance first-floor main entrance to the right of breezeway, turn right; ahead will be accessible restrooms and south elevator. Exit elevator right to accessible restrooms on the ground -third floors.
  • Accessible entrances are on both ends of the building on front side. South end front of building is automatic door.

Robinson Hall

  • Accessible entrance on west side at courtyard. Turn right upon entering, take first left to accessible unisex restroom. Take second left (end of hallway) to south elevator, accesses first floor south, second floor north and south and third floor south. Turn left upon entering west side entrance, follow hallway to the right, north elevator will be on left. Accesses first floor south, second floor north and south, mezzanine and third floor north.
  • Accessible entrance on north side of building, Riley Road entrance, to second floor north and south. Upon entering follow hallway to the left, right, and another right, Great Room on right. Ramp in the back right corner of the Great Room to access north elevator.
  • Accessible entrance on east side of building at courtyard. Turn right upon entering, follow hallway to the left, north elevator on right. Accesses first floor south, second floor north and south, mezzanine, and third floor north.

Russell Hall

  • Accessible entrance on east side of building, follow hallway. Elevator on left and accessible restrooms at next left on each floor.
  • Accessible entrance with automatic door on south and north side of building between Russell and Ingles. This entrance accesses both Ingalls Hall to the west and Russell Hall to the east. Russell entrance has an automatic door. Upon entering follow hallway to the right, accessible restrooms on right and elevator at next right.
  • Second and third floors, exit elevator left, take an immediate left to accessible restrooms.

Swearingen Hall

  • North wing of Wright Center and Harrison Theatre, Samford Art Gallery, Bolding Studio, classrooms, work rooms and offices. Accessible main entrance to second floor of Harrison Theatre. Right to men’s and women’s accessible restrooms on left. Elevator is to the left of main entrance. Accesses first to third floors.

University Library

  • Accessible entrance on east side of building, first-floor entrance. Directly ahead are accessible restrooms and elevator. Elevator accesses lower level through fourth floors with accessible restrooms on each floor.
  • Accessible only entrance on west side of building. Follow sidewalk past brick wall and ring doorbell for access to this first-floor entrance. Go through another door and turn right, with elevator and accessible restrooms on right.

Athletics

Bashinsky Field House

  • Accessible entrance on west side of building facing Pete Hannah Center.
  • Ramp access on south side of building to accessible entrance and to track/football field
  • Accessible from first floor of Seibert via ramp.

Hanna Center

  • East Elevator Access The east side passenger elevator is located at the southern end of the east side third floor (plaza) near the athletic director’s offices (PHC 3014). Guests can freely travel between the first floor (ground), second floor (concourse), and the east side third floor (plaza).
  • Third Floor East: Accessible Parking Eight spaces located in small lot (21 total spaces) outside main entrance to student fitness center located on the northwest corner of Pete Hanna Center. Guests will travel on sidewalk located along northern face of the Pete Hanna Center to the east third floor (plaza) lobby exterior doors at northeast corner of building.
  • Third Floor East: Accessible Entrance: Push door located at the set of exterior doors that enter the east third-floor (plaza) lobby. Exterior doors located on northeast corner of the Pete Hanna Center.
  • Third Floor East: Accessible Restrooms For visitors to the Pete Hanna Center Box Office, accessible restrooms are available on the east second-floor lobby of the building in PHC 2004 for men and PHC 2002 for women by utilizing the east side passenger elevator located on the southern end of the east side third floor (plaza). For visitors to the athletic director’s offices (PHC 3014) accessible restrooms are available for men in PHC 3011 and for women in PHC 3012.
  • West Elevator Access The west side freight elevator is located at the southern end of the West Lobby near the Pete Hanna Center Hospitality Room (PHC 2020). Guests can freely travel between the first floor (ground) and second floor (concourse) on this elevator, but cannot travel from the first floor (ground) or the second floor (concourse) to the third floor (plaza) and enter the student fitness center without special assistance to override lockout. Additionally, the east side passenger elevator can be used by guests on the first floor (ground) to access the second floor (concourse) level and the third floor (plaza) on the east side of the Pete Hanna Center.
  • First Floor West: Accessible Parking Four spaces located in small lot (20 total spaces) outside west lobby entrance to Pete Hanna Center.
  • First Floor West: Accessible Entrance Push door located at the northernmost set of exterior doors that enter the Pete Hanna Center west lobby at second floor (concourse). Guests will utilize the west side freight elevator to travel down to the first floor (ground). Guests can freely travel between the first floor (ground) and second floor (concourse) on this elevator.
  • First FloorWest: Accessible Restrooms Accessible restrooms are available on the first floor (ground) for men near the west end of the building in PHC 1047 and near the east end of the building in PHC 1121. Accessible restrooms are available on the first floor (ground) for women near the west end of the building in PHC 1046 and near the east end of the building in PHC 1122.
  • Second Floor West: Accessible Restrooms Accessible restrooms are available on the second floor (concourse) for men on the west lobby of the building in PHC 2030 and on the east second-floor lobby of the building in PHC 2004. Accessible restrooms are available on the second floor (concourse) for women on the west lobby of the building in PHC 2028 and on the east second floor lobby of the building in PHC 2002.
  • Third Floor West: Accessible Parking Eight spaces located in small lot (21 total spaces) outside main entrance to student fitness center located on the northwest corner of Pete Hanna Center.
  • Elevator Access The west side freight elevator is located at the southern end of the West Lobby near the Pete Hanna Center Hospitality Room (PHC 2020). Guests can freely travel between the first floor (ground) and second floor (concourse) on this elevator, but cannot travel from the first floor (ground) or the second floor (concourse) to the third floor (plaza) and enter the student fitness center without special assistance to override lockout. Additionally, the east side passenger elevator can be used by guests on the first floor (ground) to access the second floor (concourse) level and the third floor (plaza) on the east side of the Pete Hanna Center.
  • Third Floor West: Accessible Restrooms and Locker Rooms Men’s locker room (PHC 3026) and women’s locker rooms (PHC 3020) just off main cardio and machine fitness area in the student fitness center. Both locker rooms contain accessible restrooms and showering facilities.

Samford Tennis Center

  • Two accessible parking spaces are available. One near the outdoor courts. One near the building main entrance.
  • Accessible restrooms are inside past the desk on the right.

Seibert Hall

  • Accessible ramp entrance at north side (front) of building, gym level, third floor. Ramp is to the right of steps.
  • Accessible entrance on east side of building to second floor.
  • Accessible entrance on west side of building, first floor—ramp to this entrance is accessed from the east side of Bashinsky Field House.
  • Health Services is accessed from south east corner of the building with automatic door.

Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House

  • Accessible entrance on southwest side of the building provides access to elevator.
  • Accessible Restrooms on the third floor. Exit elevator and proceed down the hallway to the right. Restrooms are on the right.

Event Venues

Brock Recital Hall

  • Two accessible front entrances on the south side of building. Accessible ramp entrance on front left, ramp to the right of steps. Push button entrance on the front right. Both entrances access the auditorium with accessible seating on either side. Accessible restrooms are just inside the front left entrance. Follow hallway to the left of the auditorium for more accessible restrooms on left. Turn right off this hallway behind the auditorium to access elevator on left. Elevator accesses first to third floors. Accessible restrooms on second floor; exit elevator right. Exit elevator left on second floor for push button door to courtyard on north side of building.
  • Exit elevator right on third floor and follow hallway to access second floor of Swearingen Hall.

Harrison Theatre

  • Accessible main entrance to second floor is up the ramp leading behind the rose garden. Turn right to men’s and women’s accessible restrooms on left past the box office.
  • Elevator is to the left of main entrance. Accesses first to third floors.

Hodges Chapel

  • Enter through Divinity South entrance, take elevator to first floor and exit left. Also can be accessed by entering through the east side courtyard entrance at back of building and turning left.

Howard Room

  • Ramp access on west side of building. Ramp on left leads to Automatic Door. Turn right after entering. Elevator is on the right to access food court, post office, and bookstore.

Reid Chapel

  • Ramp access on the front left side of Burns Hall main entrance accesses side entrance of Reid Chapel.

Wright Center

  • Accessible entrances are located on both the east and west sides of the Wright Center. The auditorium can be entered without encountering stairs by using the east and west portals. Accessible ramps for drop-off and pick-up with automatic doors are located on the east side of Brock Recital Hall and Wright Center. There is an automatic door that leads to the lobby of Brock Recital Hall and one that leads to the east portal of the Wright Center. To reach these entrances from the west parking lot, follow the sidewalk in front of the Wright Center.
  • Accessible parking is available in the west parking lot beside Wright Center and in the east parking lot beside Brock Recital Hall.
  • Accessible restrooms are located inside the lobby of Brock Recital Hall and in the lower lounge of Wright Center. Elevators to reach the lounge are located on the east and west sides of the lobby of Wright Center. Push the “L” button to reach the lounge and push “1” to return to the lobby. The men’s restroom is located on the west side of the lounge and the women’s restroom is located on the east side of the lounge.
  • Accessible concessions are available in the lounge.
  • Call 205-726-2853 or visit tickets.samford.edu to purchase accessible seating.

Services

Administration (Samford Hall)

  • The main entrance is an accessible entrance. To access main entrance follow sidewalk on the south side of building that leads around to the east side main entrance or from the sidewalk that leads in from the north side of building. Once entered, elevator on right accesses first to third floors. On the first floor, exit elevator left and accessible restrooms on right.

Advancement (Dwight and Lucille Beeson Alumni Center)

  • Accessible main entrance on south side of building. Take first left and first right to accessible restrooms and elevator.
  • Accessible restrooms on second floor exit elevator right and take the second door.
  • Accessible entrance to third floor from the north side of building. Elevator is to the right.

Athletics Administration

  • Accessible Parking—Four spaces located in small lot (20 total spaces) outside west lobby entrance to Pete Hanna Center
  • Accessible Entrance—Push door located at the northernmost set of exterior doors that enter the Pete Hanna Center west lobby at second floor (concourse). Guests will utilize the west side freight elevator to travel down to the first floor (ground).Guests can freely travel between the first floor (ground) and second floor (concourse) on this elevator.
  • Accessible Restrooms—Accessible restrooms are available on the first floor (ground) for men near the west end of the building in PHC 1047 and near the east end of the building in PHC 1121. Accessible restrooms are available on the first floor (ground) for women near the west end of the building in PHC 1046 and near the east end of the building in PHC 1122.
  • Elevator Access—The west side freight elevator is located at the southern end of the West Lobby near the Pete Hanna Center Hospitality Room (PHC 2020). Guests can freely travel between the first floor (ground) and second floor (concourse) on this elevator, but cannot travel from the first floor (ground) or the second floor (concourse) to the third floor (plaza) and enter the student fitness center without special assistance to override lockout. Additionally, the east side passenger elevator can be used by guests on the first floor (ground) to access the second floor (concourse) level and the third floor (plaza) on the east side of the Pete Hanna Center.

Dining Hall (The Caf)

  • Ramp access on west side of building. Ramp on left leads to Automatic Door. Turn right after entering. Elevator is on the right to access food court, post office, and bookstore.

Food Court

  • Ramp access on west side of building. Ramp on left leads to Automatic Door. Turn right after entering. Elevator is on the right to access food court, post office, and bookstore.
  • Accessible entrance on east side of building Automatic door (near post office). One Elevator on right at this entrance to access second floor cafeteria and dining services only. Second Elevator to left of food court to access student commons, cafeteria, and Howard Room. Turn left from O’Henry’s to Accessible Restrooms on the right.
  • Ramp Access on the south side of the building from the Quad. Turn right from this entrance to access books store, food court, post office, and elevators to the cafeteria. Turn left and follow the ramp up and through the door. Elevator access on the left to first through third floors.
  • Ramp Access on west side of building. Use the ramp on the right. Turn right and go through the door to access the elevator straight ahead.
  • Ramp Access on the south side of the building from the Quad. Turn right from this entrance to access books store, food court, post office, and elevators to the cafeteria. Turn left and follow the ramp up and through the door. Elevator access on the left to first through third floors.

Student Fitness Center

  • Accessible Parking—Eight spaces located in small lot (21 total spaces) outside main entrance to student fitness center located on the northwest corner of Pete Hanna Center.
  • Accessible Entrance—Push door located at main entrance to student fitness center on west side third-floor (plaza) level.
  • Accessible Restrooms and Locker Rooms—Men’s locker room (PHC 3026) and women’s locker rooms (PHC 3020) just off main cardio and machine fitness area in the student fitness center. Both locker rooms contain accessible restrooms and showering facilities.
  • Elevator Access—West side freight elevator serves the student fitness center at third floor (plaza) and is located at the southern end of the student fitness center near the women’s locker room (PHC 3020). Guests can travel down from third floor (plaza) to second floor (concourse) and first floor (ground). Guests will not be able to travel back up to third floor (plaza) without special assistance to override lockout.

Student Life

  • Ramp Access on west side of building. Use the ramp on the right. Turn right and go through the door to access the elevator straight ahead.
  • Ramp Access on the south side of the building from the Quad. Turn right from this entrance to access books store, food court, post office, and elevators to the cafeteria. Turn left and follow the ramp up and through the door. Elevator access on the left to first through third floors.

University Center

  • Accessible entrance on east side of building Automatic door (near post office). One Elevator on right at this entrance to access second floor cafeteria and dining services only. Second Elevator to left of food court to access student commons, cafeteria, and Howard Room. Turn left from O’Henry’s to Accessible Restrooms on the right.
  • Ramp Access on the south side of the building from the Quad. Turn right from this entrance to access books store, food court, post office, and elevators to the cafeteria. Turn left and follow the ramp up and through the door. Elevator access on the left to first through third floors.

University Health Services

  • Health Services is accessed from south east corner of the building with automatic door.

Resources

Assistive Technology is all around us! Many of the tools available are free or cost very little to use. On the following pages are lists of Assistive Technology tools you may find useful when completing various tasks both in or out of school. Many of these tools may help you complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently. Tools are broken down into sub-categories such as Reading, Writing, or Notetaking, for example. All apps and programs on the following pages are free or cost less than $25.

We do our best to stay updated on the latest information about the apps on the following pages along with adding the latest and greatest apps as soon as they come out. If you find an error in our listing or want to share a program, software, website or app that we should add, please contact: disability@samford.edu

Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology for Everyone

*Information provided by Augsburg University Disability Resources (2020)