Disability Services

Sunset over Centro

Disability Services is committed to achieving equal opportunities, access, and full participation for people with disabilities in all campus activities, programs, and events. Disability Services respects the intrinsic value of our students and recognizes the importance of an individualized approach when considering reasonable accommodations, services, and academic adjustments. We strive to help students see that their disability contributes to their strengths and resiliency and grants them a unique perspective when faced with obstacles. These qualities contribute to a diverse campus and enrich the educational environment.

We are dedicated to removing the institutional, physical, and attitudinal barriers our students face during their higher education journey. Disability Services strives to guide students to become strong self-advocates in getting their accommodation needs met in college and beyond.

To contact our office, you can reach us via email at rpurdy@bellarmine.edu or agardon@bellarmine.edu and via phone at 502-272-8490. If we do not answer, please leave a voicemail detailing the best way to reach you so we can return your call promptly.

Read&Write Now Available for Download

Read&Write is literacy software that that provides comprehensive reading and writing supports for documents, files and web pages. Students who qualify to use audio books as an accommodation can request an electronic version of course textbooks through Disability Services. The Read&Write toolbar has a variety of features including, text to speech, talking dictionary, word prediction, highlights, vocabulary list builder, and voice notes.

If you are experiencing issues with Read&Write, please email support@texthelp.com or call 888.248.2479.

Director of Disability Services

The Director of Disability Services serves as a liaison for students with the faculty, staff, and administration. The Disability Services Office is located in Centro McGowan Hall, CNMH-076. Enter at Admissions or at the Career Development Center.

Ms. Ronda Purdy
Director of Disability Services
Fax: 502.272.8491


We encourage students to become self-advocates and to approach us when they have a comment, concern, or complaint about Disability Services, or the barriers they face. Often times once the concerns have been discussed, a resolution can be found. We also invite colleagues and the community to express their concerns by contacting the Director of Disability Services, Ronda Purdy by email at rpurdy@bellarmine.edu or by phone at 502.272.8490.