There are many resources available on and off campus to help you succeed. Links to different areas are listed below to guide you to those resources. External resources are those outside the WKU community.
Lists on the Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) website are in no way meant to be exhaustive. Although we have done our best to verify any resources listed below, we cannot guarantee the validity of all resources, or the validity of resources provided by other sites.
Below are some WKU resources that we think will be most relevant to our students' success.
We believe the following documents will help you transition from a secondary to postsecondary education setting.
- "Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Higher
Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA" from the U.S. Department
of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
Click here to view on the OCR's website.
- "Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights
and Responsibilities" from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
Click here to view on the OCR's website.
- "Right & Responsibilities: The SARC, The Student, & The Faculty" adapted by the SARC.
Click here for a Word document. Click here for a PDF document.
- "College is Different Than High School" adapted by the SARC.
Click here for a Word document. Click here for a PDF document
- The Mathematics Department provides a Math Help Lab in COHH 2124 to provide free tutoring to students taking classes in the Math Department, especially those taking general education mathematics courses.
- List of tutoring and academic assistance locations
- Study Tips and Tools
- List of Course the TLC Tutors
- Online Tutoring Sessions
- In the Study Lounge (DSU 1082), there are flyers about tutoring services. Click here to view the tutoring flyers.
- Click here for a list of resources on the Bowling Green campus.
- Click here for a list of resources on the Glasgow campus.
- Click here for a list of resources on the Owensboro campus.
Online Student Support Portal
- The portal connects you to resources across campus, including online tutoring, financial planning, library and research assistance, an online writing center, and more!
- Click here to access the Online Student Resource Portal.
- Counseling Center Services FAQ
- Databank of Psychological Issues Among College Students
- List of Resources for Mental Health
- Meet the Dietitian
- Nutrition Advising
- Managing Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance
- Food Allergy Guide
- Vegan Guide
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- NAMI is a free support group that meets on alternating Mondays for current WKU students struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. It is led by two NAMI-certified facilitators who are in mental health recovery themselves. This group is a supplement — not a substitute — for therapy or medication.Contact Dr. Jay Gabbard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Bowling Green
- DBSA offers a free support group. All students with mental health concerns are welcome to attend; no formal diagnosis is required. This group aims to support all students in developing mental health. It’s led by fellow college students who have received training from the national branch of DBSA.
WKU also suggest students review the information from Cornell Health about Bystander Intervention. On the site, you can also find a video, "Intervene" (2016), with different scenarios and intervention techniques.
WKU TopDollar Scholarship Source — The deadline for completing the application is February 1st.
KY AHEAD Scholarship Information (external)
Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA. It opens October 1st.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office for information about external financial assistance.
Students are encouraged to complete the application for awards as soon as possible. Some awards may be on a "first-come, first-served" basis, so awards are only made until funds have depleted.
Additional external scholarships are listed in the section below.
Students requesting housing accommodations must provide documentation to the SARC from a licensed professional which outlines their diagnosis. Documentation must be from the last three years and include specific recommendations for accommodations (i.e. private room, private bathroom, room on lower/first floor). Once the information is received, the SARC will notify WKU Housing and Residence Life (HRL) in a timely manner of the request(s). HRL then determines placement based on the student’s accommodation request(s). Please, review the full SARC registration process here. You will also need to contact HRL with your request.
Postsecondary education institution as defined in KRS 164.948 shall provide priority for first-floor housing to any student who informs the institution of a disability, or a sensory, cognitive, or neurological deficit or impairment, or a learning disorder, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, pervasive developmental disorder, autism, or Asperger's syndrome. As used in this section, "disability" has the same meaning as in KRS 344.010. Those students requesting first-floor housing need to contact the WKU HRL.
External Resources Regarding Disabilities
We have listed below resources that includes local and state resources and national organizations that can assist by providing services and information for persons with disabilities. Some references below are general resources for students with disabilities, while some are tailored to a certain group of people (i.e. deaf and hard-of-hearing resources) or specific need (i.e. scholarship information).
- The ADRC is a department at the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). They have a list of websites for independent living. Here is a direct link to a download of their 2018 Community Resource Guide.
- Contact ADRC with questions about personal care attendant programs. Here are some handouts provided to the SARC in June 2018: the Personal Care Attendant Program (PCAP), Consumer Directed Option (CDO), and Participant Driven Services (PDS).
- You can also find a short list of disability resources on the official municipal website of Bowling Green, KY.
- Lifeskills offers support for people who experience mental illness, addition, and intellectual disabilities.
- If you are in need of counseling services in the Bowling Green area, please review the Behavioral Health Provider List, provided by Warren County Public Schools.
- Mobile grocery is a service offered by the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. Click here to view the Mobile Grocery Flyer.
Talley Family Counseling Center
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Kentucky Career Center
- Americans with Disabilities
- Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network
- Kentucky Protection & Advocacy Resources
- Kentucky Rehabilitation Association's Facebook
- OCR's "Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities"
- OCR's "Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities"
U.S. Department of Labor
- The AAPD is a political and advocacy organization that centers around disability policy and the disability rights movement.
- The ADDA offers support, resources, and connection to adults with ADHD.
- This college support program, founded by the Autism Education and Research Institute, is dedicated to the academic success of students with autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and ADHD. It provides students with coaching, networking opportunities, and mentorships.
- COSD assist college students or recent graduates with a disability, in gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure a career.
- The LDA was founded in 1963 by parents interested in finding more resources for children with disabilities. The organization has since grown into an advocacy and educational resource for adults, parents, and educators.
- While their site is aimed toward school administrators and educators, it lists a variety of learning resources and tools for students with physical disabilities.
- The NCCSD is an online resources for students, parents, faculty, and other professionals. They have a clearinghouse for resources on disability and education, information about campus organizations for college students with disabilities, and an organization for and led by students with disabilities, DREAM (Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring).
- This organization hosts a number of advocacy programs and events for adults with learning disabilities.
- Students can find a wealth of scholarships, activities, publications, and academic resources through this organization that is dedicated to serving visually impaired and blind populations.
- The USAAA’s College Autism Project (CAP) strives to educate colleges and universities on how to work with students on the autism spectrum.
- KCDHH provides information, referral and advocacy services, and an interpreter referral service for state agencies.
- NAD is a civil rights organization for the deaf and hard of hearing.
- RID is a national membership organization that advocates for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language.
- HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss.
- The Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.
- The U.S. Department of Education funds the DCMP, which has created a media library of over 4,000 free captioned titles for educational use.
Also, refer to the "Scholarship Information" section below.
- This webpage provides access to assistive technological devices for people with disabilities.
- This digital resource, run by PBS, publishes newsletters, personal stories, multimedia, and news regarding learning disabilities.
- This biomedical funding organization promotes continual public advocacy and research for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks publishes a "Postsecondary Educational Opportunity Guide" for students and their families. In the resource library, they have resources for adults with autism and postsecondary education resources, including scholarship information. They also have a transition toolkit, adult services, and suggested apps
- Current and former college students with autism contribute blog articles about their experiences to this online publication, which is dedicated to providing advice and insight on campus life and academia.
- Perkins is one of the oldest education and supply resources for the visually impaired, sharing accessible webinars, library materials, and webcasts. Perkins is well-known for founding the first school for the blind in 1829 and for creating several different Braille devices.
- This online magazine features articles, event listings, and advocacy information for wheelchair users.
- This organization is dedicated to disability rights advocacy around the world.
- This digital resource collects assistive technology suggestions and higher education tips from dyslexic students.
- This Vermont-based college was founded in 1985 to serve students with dyslexia, ASD, and ADHD.
- This digital publication walks students through the process of selecting a college, applying, and navigating campus life with ADHD.
- This professional networking society provides college students with links to study strategies and campus life tips.
Other Guides and Resources
- BestColleges.com's Resources for Students with Disabilities
Maryville University Online has an online guide called "Career Guide for College Students with Disabilities."
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office for information about external financial assistance. Click here for a list of Vocational Rehabilitation Offices in each state.
AHEAD offers a scholarship each year. The SARC will send around information as it is posted.
Cochlear Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellstrom Scholarships has offered scholarships for recipients of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Cochlear™ Baha®.
Resource lists of scholarships:
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) has a list of 6,100 sources for financial aid in their 2018-2019 publication, "Affording Higher Education."
DO-IT maintains a list of scholarship opportunities and publishes "College Funding for Students with Disabilities: Federal and state aid, scholarships, and awards" (2017).
- Alexander Grahman Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has financial aid resources on their website. They also have a Scholarship Resource document that outlines funding sources and scholarships for deaf or hard-of-hearing students.
- Autism Speaks has resources for adults with autism and postsecondary education resources, including scholarship information.
- The "Planning Ahead: Financial Aid for Students with Disability" (2015-2016 Edition) from Heath Resource Center of the National Youth Transitions Center at George Washington University is filled with resources. Scholarships are mentioned throughout the publication, but refer to pages 26 through 35 for a list of scholarship according to disability.
- The following databases may be of use: collegescholarships.org, www.petersons.com, and fastweb.com.
- CollegeScholarships.org is a resource database for scholarship information. They have scholarship information for students with disabilities, such information for students with ADHD, with visual impairments, with autism, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. They also have scholarship information for student with health conditions.
- Goodcall's Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities.
- Insight into Diversity has Study Abroad Scholarships for Underrepresented Students.
- AHEAD 2020 Scholarship Information
- Integrate has "full service advisors connecting employers and college graduates with autism." On the "For Candidates" section of their site, you can resources based on your geographic location in the U.S.
Workforce Recruitment Program
- The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense, is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and select private-sector employers with highly motivated college students, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. For more information please visit the Workforce Recruitment Program website. New applicants will be accepted in Fall 2020.