Advice for Students with Disabilities
When they transition from high school to college, students with disabilities experience a change in rights and responsibilities. Unlike high school, college students must self-disclose their disability. This is a significant and important distinction in the accommodation process at the post-secondary level. Wheaton College cannot provide accommodations If a student has not requested them.
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.
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.
The Office of Academic Support and Disability Services in the Filene Center works closely with students, administrators, and faculty to develop and implement reasonable, individualized accommodations tailored to students’ needs.
Upon enrollment at Wheaton College, students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact the Eileen Bellemore, Coordinator of Disability Services.
The Office of Academic Support and Disability Services
Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services