Adaptive Services Office


Ave Maria University is committed to ensuring that each qualified individual with disabilities has an equal opportunity to take part in all of the educational and employment related  programs and services offered by the University. Ave Maria University prides itself in extending reasonable accommodations to all known limitations of students with documented disabilities. The process by which a student with disabilities can access the aid programs offered by the University is detailed below.

Documentation of the disability must be submitted along with the “Request for Accommodations” form to the Adaptive Services Office (ASO) two weeks prior to the start of classes.  It is the responsibility of each student with a disability to make his or her needs known at the start of the semester and to provide appropriate documentation in order for the University to help meet the needs for the following types of support:.

  • Note takers
  • Tutoring
  • Extended time on tests (time and a half)
  • Isolated testing environment
  • Readers for tests
  • Books on tape
  • Learning lab with adaptive technology, ie. Kurzweil 3000
  • Tape recordings of lectures
  • Instruction in study strategies
  • Confidential interview and record management
  • Counselor assistance to facilitate the provision of applicable accommodations

The University policy on accommodations and the necessary forms and guidelines can be found at the Policy and Documentation.

Students requesting services to aid their personal disability must meet with the ASO Counselor within the first two weeks of the semester. Accordingly, Ave Maria University will adhere to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable physical and academic accommodations for the purpose of affording equal access and opportunity to qualified individuals with a documented disability. This meeting is crucial because each student’s accommodations are prepared on an individual and flexible basis, to be provided in a timely and cost effective manner.

Ave Maria University’s Adaptive Services Office is located on the first floor of the Bob Thomas Student Union Building in Office 1073. Appointments can be made by phone at (239) 280-1654.

Contact the Adaptive Services Office at (239) 280-1654 or by email at: adaptiveservices@avemaria.edu.  The Adaptive Services Office and Adaptive Technology Learning Lab are located on the first floor of the Bob Thomas Student Union Building, Offices 1071 and 1073.

Sharon O’Reilly, LCSW
Adaptive Services Office # 1073
Student Union Building
Telephone: (239) 280-1654
Fax: (239) 280-2495
Email: Sharon.OReilly@avemaria.edu

Sharon O’Reilly was born and raised in Chicago Heights, Illinois. She attended many a game at Wrigley Field and remains an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Working in the public service sector in Chicago created in Ms. O’Reilly an interest in social work; she went on to earn BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition, she earned certification in family counseling from The Family Institute of Northwestern University. Ms. O’Reilly is licensed as a clinical social worker in Florida and Illinois. Her professional experience spans the areas of child welfare, social service, and mental health. Ms. O’Reilly began working with AMU’s Student Support Services in 2005. She now serves as Director of Adaptive Services, providing accommodations for students with documented disabilities.