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Disability Accommodations

The University is committed to providing reserved seating at its Commencement events for persons (students or guests) with disabilities or requiring accommodations. Any individuals who require such services for the Commencement Liturgy and/or the Commencement Ceremony should read the following information carefully and then contact Laura Mathabel, Director of Disability Support Services, at 410-532-5401 or by email at lmathabel@ndm.edu.

Notre Dame of Maryland University does not provide wheelchairs. Please note that persons with disabilities may only be accompanied by one additional companion in each reserved seating section. Due to space limitations, the office cannot accommodate whole families in reserved seating.

To ensure adequate accommodations, all disability support requests for the Commencement Liturgy and the Commencement Ceremony should be received by Monday, April 25, 2016.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I am a graduate who needs accommodations. Who should I contact about accommodations during the Commencement ceremony? Back to Top

If you are a graduate with a disability and require accommodations during the Commencement Liturgy or Commencement Ceremony, please contact Laura Mathabel, Director of Disability Support Services, at 410-532-5401 or by email at lmathabel@ndm.edu so that proper arrangements can be made. 

 

I have a guest who needs wheelchair accessible seating. What should I do? Back to Top

An accessible seating section for those with guests who require accommodations for wheelchair accessible seating will be available during the Commencement ceremony. Please contact Laura Mathabel, Director of Disability Support Services, at 410-532-5401 or by email at lmathabel@ndm.edu so that proper arrangements can be made. Please note that only 1 additional guests will be permitted to sit with a guest who needs accommodations in the wheelchair accessible seating section.

 

My grandparent cannot walk long distances but does not have a wheelchair. Can my grandparent still get seating accommodations? Back to Top

Please note that the accessible seating section provides extra room for those who need space for a wheel chair.  There are elevators and ramps in the building that will allow you to avoid the stairs.  The accessible seating section is not significantly closer to the entrance of the arena as the Royal Farms Arena is a very large facility.  Considering that your grandfather has very limited mobility, we highly recommend renting a wheelchair for him. If you decide on a wheelchair, please contact Laura Mathabel, Director of Disability Support Services, at 410-532-5401 or by email at lmathabel@ndm.edu so that proper arrangements can be made. One additional guest will be permitted to sit with your grandparent.

 

Will you have wheelchairs available at the Baltimore Hilton? Back to Top

No, wheelchairs are not available for guests.  Local medical equipment companies will rent wheelchairs.  Here are a few to consider:

Towson Medical Equipment Co
1844 E Joppa Rd
Baltimore, MD 21234
Phone: 410-882-4005

Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment 6701 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
Phone:  410-254-2055                                                                                                                                                                                    Toll Free:  1-800-486-0714                                                                                                                                                                            Fax:  410-254-0468                                                                                                                                                                                       Email:  info@northernpharmacy.com

 

 

Where should we enter the building? Back to Top

The Baltimore Hilton is a very large facility. For those with limited mobility, the shortest distance to the Key Ballroom is through the main entrance on Pratt Street. We would recommend that someone drops the guest requiring accommodations off at the Pratt Street Entrance before parking the car. Once you enter, there is an elevator that will take you to the Key Ballroom. An usher will direct you to the accessible seating section. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms are located throughout the Baltimore Hilton, including near the Key Ballroom.

Please note that the accessible seating section provides extra room for those who need space for a wheel chair. There are elevators and escalators in the building that will allow you to avoid the stairs. The accessible seating section is not significantly closer to the entrance of the Hilton, which means that sitting in this section does not lessen the amount of walking required to get from the entrance to your seat.  The Baltimore Hilton is a very large facility.  Considering that your guest might have limited mobility, you may want to consider renting a wheelchair for her or him.  If you decide on a wheelchair, your other guests may also sit in the accessible seating section.  When you enter the Key Ballroom, an usher will direct you to the accessible seating section.