For students with a disability, college can
be especially challenging. Whether the disability is physical,
medical, or learning, Roberts Wesleyan College is committed to
helping all students reach their academic goals.
Based on individual needs, the Learning Center provides services,
programs and accommodations for students with disabilities. As
early as possible, a student in need of accommodations should
contact the Learning Center where a learning specialist can assist
in planning for appropriate accommodations or auxiliary aids. All
students who request services must provide adequate proof of a
disability before any accommodations can be provided.
What types of accommodations are
available for students with disabilities?
Accommodations are determined on an
individual basis. Some of the more common accommodations include
extended time for testing, alternate location for testing,
note-takers, access to a computer and spell checker. In addition,
peer tutoring, study groups and skill development workshops are
available for all students.
What should I do if I have a
disability or am in need of special
If you need any special services or
accommodations you should meet with someone from the Learning
Center to share your academic history and needs. Unlike high
school, no one on campus will know that you are in need of special
modifications unless you decide to share that information. It is
important for you to know that disclosure of a disability is a
personal and voluntary decision. Any information that you choose to
share will be kept confidential unless you decide that the
information can be shared.
What does "adequate proof of a
To prove a disability you must provide
documentation that a disability exists, and evidence that the
disability currently requires modifications, academic adjustments
or services. Appropriate documentation includes a psychological and
educational evaluation, a medical evaluation and/or a neurological
Who can provide the
Documentation MUST be from a professional
source who is qualified to diagnose disabilities.
Example of professionals who can
- A licensed audiologist can diagnose hearing impairment
- A current psycho-educational evaluation by a psychologist or a
qualified Learning Specialist can diagnose learning
- A Medical Doctor or Neuropsychologist can diagnose ADHD
however: evidence of interference with academic abilities may be
What should be included in the
Documentation must be on professional
letterhead, with the professional's name and credentials, and must
include a statement of disability or diagnosis and current status
of the disability. In the case of learning disabilities, rationales
for specific accommodations should be included. (For example, the
need for a note-taker for a student with a reading disability
should be explained in the documentation.) You should also include
educational reports, academic transcript, a copy of a statement of
performance (SOP), or any other information that you believe will
help illustrate your needs.
How much do special services
Roberts Wesleyan College, in compliance with
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides reasonable
accommodations and services at no cost to eligible students.
However, the cost of obtaining documentation
from a qualified professional is the responsibility of the