We’re glad you’re here. Whether you’re a current WSU student or considering attending WSU, you’ll find the information you need to get started using the services provided by Access Services.
What is a disability?
A disability is defined according to state and federal legislation as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. These activities include the ability to write, learn, read, think, memorize, hear, see, talk or walk. While some disabilities are apparent or “visible”, most of the students who receive services from Access Services have hidden or “invisible” disabilities.
What are Academic Accommodations?
An academic accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, job, activity or facility that eliminates or minimizes disability-related barriers to allow for equal access.
Common accommodations offered at WSU are extended time on exams, quiet, low distraction test location, exams in auditory format, texts in alternate format, disability advising, sign language interpreters, notetaking technology, scribes and accessible classrooms and labs.
Who is eligible to use Access Services?
Any enrolled Winona State University student with a permanent documented disability is eligible to use the accommodations provided by Access Services. Examples include, but are not limited to learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, anxiety, loss of mobility, hearing loss, and low vision. Students with a temporary condition such as a broken leg, hospitalization, pregnancy, or extended illness may find these resources helpful.
How do I register with Access Services?
When should I register with Access Services?
You can register anytime throughout the year with Access Services after you’ve been accepted to WSU by submitting your application and documentation. If you are a new student attending New Student Registration in June, you should submit your paperwork by April 11th for consideration of priority registration. To have your accommodations in place for the start of a new semester, you should register with Access Services by July 25th for the fall semester, or by December 15th for the spring semester.
What documentation is needed?
It is the student's responsibility to provide recent, professional documentation of his or her disability. The documentation must include the following:
An IEP is acceptable if it includes full psycho-educational testing and results.
Send Documentation to:
Confidential Fax: 507.457.2957
Where can I get tested if I think I have a disability?
These local resources may be helpful in being diagnosed with a learning disability or ADHD.
Where will I receive my testing accommodations?
Your professors may choose to provide accommodations for your exams in a quiet area near the classroom or in their department. They may also prefer that you take your exams in the Access Services office in Maxwell 314.
WSU-Rochester students will use a quiet room on the 3rd floor of the library to take exams with accommodations provided by Access Services staff.
What are my rights and responsibilities?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States...shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
All students have the responsibility:
Submit your Accommodation Request Forms now for fall 2014!
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