The Firm

Salome Heyward & Associates is a firm which for 27 years has provided ADA and Rehabilitation Act (Section 504 and 508) disability compliance services to colleges and universities. Services offered include: Program Audits and Evaluations; Case and Complaint assessments; Policies and Procedures review and development and Compliance inquiry responses. Our products and tools include: The Best Practice Webinar Series, the Policy and Procedure Toolkit and a comprehensive subscription website: Disability Direct Response. Our firm’s creator and president is Salome Heyward, J.D.

Our Clients

A representative sample of our clients:

Seattle University

Seton Hall University

Wright State University

Salus University

Coastal Carolina University

Columbia University

Emory University

Niagara County Community College

University of Maryland

Texas A&M University

University of Washington

Atlantic Cape Community College

Community College of Allegheny County

Hope College

Hudson Valley Community College

Life University

Baptist College of Health Sciences

Barnard College

About Salome

Salome Heyward, J.D., is one of the nation’s leading legal experts regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA and ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504 and 508). She is the author of Higher Education and Disability, Graduate Schools and the ADA, and Access to Education for the Disabled. She also the developer of two widely respected research and training tools used by college and university administrators: Disability Direct Response (DDR) and the Best Practice Webinar Series. She has been the featured speaker and presenter for national associations and organizations, such as the Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI), Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), International Learning Disabilities Association, American Association for Affirmative Action, American Association of Medical Colleges, Council of State Governments and the National Association of State Personnel.

The focus of the legal guidance which she provides to colleges and universities is in designing administrative processes and procedures that are both effective and compatible with the institution’s philosophical approach to meeting its disability-based compliance obligations. Her well rounded approach to disability compliance programming and management is the product of her having work for the federal Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), as well as, as a compliance officer for several universities (ADA/504 Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer).

2020 Conference Appearances

  • Colorado Wyoming AHEAD (October 24, 2019)
  • Tennessee AHEAD (March 16-18, 2020)
  • Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (June 16, 2020)

Our Audit and Evaluation Team

The team is comprised of experts in the following professional fields: law, architecture, rehabilitation engineering, technology, higher education administration, psychology, and blind rehabilitation. There are seven professionals with extensive experience (an average of 35 + years each) in addressing access and accommodation issues in the postsecondary environment. Additionally, our team members have all held positions in which they were responsible for the compliance of colleges and universities with federal and state disability statutes, regulations and guidelines. Pertinent expertise and work experience of team members includes:

  • Developers of disability services and/or compliance programs
  • Directors of disability services programs (student, as well as employee programs)
  • ADA/Section 504 Coordinators
  • Assistive Technology Coordinators
  • General counsel for the principle enforcement agency (Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights)
  • Manager of Accessible Design and Construction (ADA architect)
  • Leadership of the principle professional organization (Association on Higher Education and Disability [AHEAD]) and
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

More importantly, the experience of our team covers most of the areas that are key to assessing the effectiveness of inclusion and accessibility programs and strategies: program design and implementation in the postsecondary environment; administrative oversight; direct interaction and service delivery; responsibility for institution-wide compliance efforts; evaluation and investigation of complaints and grievances; and negotiation and resolution with enforcement agencies and disability advocacy organizations.