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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. 

 

WKU Resources

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

WKU Academic Advising

Best Expectation Programs (BEP)

WKU Writing Center

WKU Glasgow Writing Center

WKU Glasgow Math Lab

WKU Math Help Lab

  • 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.

WKU Online Math Lab

WKU The Learning Center (TLC)

Tutoring Resources

Online Student Support Portal

WKU Counseling Center (CC)

WKU Talley Family Counseling Center (TFCC)

WKU Nutrition

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 jay.gabbard@wku.edu 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.

"A Freshman's Guide to the Hill"

"WKU Campus Safety"

"WKU Online Safety"

"WKU Consent/Title IX"

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 Financial Aid's Scholarship Page

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.

Housing and Residence Life

"Hilltopics" - The Residence Hall Handbook

 

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).

Barren River Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

City of Bowling Green, KY

  • You can also find a short list of disability resources on the official municipal website of Bowling Green, KY.

Lifeskills

  • Lifeskills offers support for people who experience mental illness, addition, and intellectual disabilities.

Counseling Services

  • 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

Talley Family Counseling Center

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

U.S. Department of Labor

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

  • The AAPD is a political and advocacy organization that centers around disability policy and the disability rights movement.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

  • The ADDA offers support, resources, and connection to adults with ADHD.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

  • 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.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

  • COSD assist college students or recent graduates with a disability, in gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure a career.

Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education (CDAHSME)

The DO-IT Project - Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

Learning Disabilities Association of  America (LDA)

  • 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.

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

  • While their site is aimed toward school administrators and educators, it lists a variety of learning resources and tools for students with physical disabilities.

National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)

  • 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).

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

  • This organization hosts a number of advocacy programs and events for adults with learning disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

  • 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.

US Autism & Asperger Association (USCAP)

  • The USAAA’s College Autism Project (CAP) strives to educate colleges and universities on how to work with students on the autism spectrum.

Kentucky Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH)

  • KCDHH provides information, referral and advocacy services, and an interpreter referral service for state agencies.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

  • NAD is a civil rights organization for the deaf and hard of hearing. 

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

  • 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. 

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

  • HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss.

Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses

  • 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.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

  • 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.

AssistiveTech.Net

  • This webpage provides access to assistive technological devices for people with disabilities. 

LD Online

  • This digital resource, run by PBS, publishes newsletters, personal stories, multimedia, and news regarding learning disabilities.

Autism Speaks

Navigating College

  • 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 Teaching Resources

  • 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.

New Mobility

  • This online magazine features articles, event listings, and advocacy information for wheelchair users.

Mobility International USA

  • This organization is dedicated to disability rights advocacy around the world.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

  • This digital resource collects assistive technology suggestions and higher education tips from dyslexic students.

Landmark College

  • This Vermont-based college was founded in 1985 to serve students with dyslexia, ASD, and ADHD.

ADDITUDE ADHD College Survival Guide

  • This digital publication walks students through the process of selecting a college, applying, and navigating campus life with ADHD.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association College Resources

  • This professional networking society provides college students with links to study strategies and campus life tips.

 

Other Guides and Resources

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.

KY AHEAD Scholarship Information

Sertoma's Hard of Hearing or Deaf and Communicative Disorders Scholarship

Cochlear Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellstrom Scholarships has offered scholarships for recipients of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Cochlear™ Baha®.

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Frederick J. Krause Scholarship

Flora Marie Jenkins Memorial Disability Scholarship 

Hemophilia Federal Association Scholarship

Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship

 

Resource lists of scholarships:

Integrate Autism Employment Advisors

  • 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. 

 Accessibility Issue? If there is an accessibility concern of any kind, please contact the SARC, as well as the corresponding department.
If a push button for a door or an elevator is not working, or other physical obstructions occur, contact the Department of Facilities Management at 270-745-3253.
For assistance after hours with physical access, contact the WKU Police Department at 270-745-2548.

If there are concerns with technology accessibility, contact IT at 270-745-7000 and/or the SARC.

For information about accessibility services in the libraries, please click here

Request an alternative format of any content on this site by contacting the SARC at 270-745-5004, or via email sarc.connect@wku.edu.

 

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