Peer Assistance for Support and Success (PASS)

The mission of The Office of Accessibility’s Peer Assistance for Support and Success (PASS) program is for students with disabilities to get involved on campus, get connected with campus resources, feel supported, and learn invaluable skills and strategies to ensure, not only academic success, but lifelong success. The program promotes inclusivity through workshops and events each semester.


Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? The Office of Accessibility, Student Recreation and Wellness Services, and The Counseling & Testing Center will be sponsoring a Coping Skills at College Workshop on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Studio A of the Recreation Center. The Coping Skills at College Workshop seeks to help students recognize and build essential coping skills. The workshop is open to ALL University of Akron students and is FREE! It will teach essential coping skills to use during those busy and stressful times; such as guided meditation, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga. Students will also be making aromatherapy rice bags to take with them. The workshop is part of the Office of Accessibility’s Peer Assistance and Support For Success (PASS) program that will be returning to the Office of Accessibility this Fall. If you are interested in attending the Coping Skills at College Workshop or have questions concerning the event, please contact Ashley Haas, Disability Specialist and PASS Coordinator in the Office of Accessibility, at ahaas@uakron.edu. This event is limited to the first 35 respondents. RSVPs should be received by 9/18/19 at 5:00 p.m. Bringing your own Yoga mat is encouraged but not required. Please be on the lookout for future events!

Calling all students who are interested in refining their social skills, meeting new friends, and participating in a free group lunch outing! The Office of Accessibility and graduate students from UA’s Speech-Language Pathology master’s program will be co-sponsoring a fun, casual, and interactive workshop focused on social skills for the college student. Students will have the opportunity to learn tips and tricks toward improving their interactions with both peers and adults, and they will be able practice these skills in a comfortable setting. The group will first meet in The Jacobson Honors Common Room 98 then venture to Rob’s Dining Hall to get to know each other and socialize over lunch. The workshop will occur on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. The Social Skills for the College Student Workshop is part of the Office of Accessibility’s Peer Assistance and Support For Success (PASS) Fall programming. Please RSVP to Ashley Haas, Disability Specialist and PASS Coordinator in the Office of Accessibility, at ahaas@uakron.edu by 10/9/19 at 5:00 p.m. Come join us!

Do finals have you feeling down? Come de-stress with us! The Office of Accessibility and The Counseling & Testing Center will be co-sponsoring a De-Stress Event held in the Trapezoid/International Lounge of the Student Union on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. University of Akron students will receive a goody bag with items to help them de-stress as they prepare for finals. Information regarding The Counseling & Testing Center’s services will also be available. Students will have the opportunity to hang out, de-stress, and help color a mandala of their choice. Goody bags are first come, first served for the first 150 students. In the event all bags are given out prior to the end of the event, the activity will remain open. The De-Stress Event is part of the Office of Accessibility’s Peer Assistance and Support For Success (PASS) Fall programming. Questions concerning the event can be directed to Ashley Haas, Disability Specialist and PASS Coordinator in the Office of Accessibility, at ahaas@uakron.edu. Be on the lookout for Spring events!

PASS will be hosting its inaugural Resource Fair on January 22, 2020. The Resource Fair will offer students with disabilities, their advocates, and students in preparation for future careers working with students with disabilities access to university-wide and local resources specific to individuals with disabilities.

The Resource Fair will be held in Ballroom A on the third floor of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union on Wednesday, January 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Questions about this event can be directed to Ashley Haas, PASS Coordinator, at ahaas@uakron.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!