Advice for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities experience a change in rights and responsibilities when they transition from high school to college. Unlike high school, college students must self-disclose their disability and self-initiate each step in the process of accommodation. This is a significant and important distinction in the accommodation process at the post-secondary level. Wheaton College can only provide an accommodation based on a student’s documented needs if a student has requested it and completed each step in the process. Students are often reluctant to disclose information about their disability for fear of being stigmatized or denied opportunities; however, the reality is that many students utilize accommodations at Wheaton College and doing so facilitates their academic success.
Upon enrollment at Wheaton College, students seeking accommodations:
- Submit a Disability Intake Form. Once enrolled at Wheaton, students must begin their registration with ODS by completing an online intake form.
- Submit documentation of disability. Students must submit documentation of their disability in accordance with Wheaton’s Documentation Guidelines.
- Schedule an intake interview. All appointments are self-initiated. Please schedule in person or by phone through the front desk of the Filene Center for Academic Advising & Career Services: (508) 286-8215.
Please see the Wheaton Disability Website for more information: http://wheatoncollege.edu/disability-services/new-students/
Sally Riconscente, Associate Dean of Access Services and Academic Support
The Office of Disability Services, The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services:
508-286-8215(p); 508-286-5621 (f)
Wheaton College is strongly committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Reasonable accommodations are provided to students with documented disabilities to ensure equal access and effective participation in all aspects of the college experience.