Accessibility Resource Center

Information for Students and Parents

Information for students who have a diagnosed disability but have not yet requested accommodations at MWSU.
Under the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, students with disabilities are protected from discrimination while attending Missouri Western State University. Students with disabilities are encouraged to make contact with the ARC if they believe they are being denied equal access to the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers.

Prior to their first visit to the ARC, students will need to obtain documentation from a member of their healthcare team clearly stating the student’s diagnosis. Once students have obtained the necessary documentation, they will need to make an appointment to see our Coordinator, Mike Ritter. To schedule an appointment with Mike, please send an email to mritter@missouriwestern.edu.

During their first appointment in the ARC, students will work with our staff to identify any barriers at MWSU that will prevent them from having equal access to the same opportunities as their peers. Once those barriers have been identified, our staff will determine reasonable accommodations that will effectively remove them. A Student Information Letter will then be created on behalf of each student outlining the changes (i.e. reasonable accommodations) the student’s instructors may need to make to remove any discriminatory features from their classroom or from their approach to teaching and assessment. Each student will be given secure access to their own personalized Student Information Letter and it is their responsibility to download and take a copy of their letter to each of their instructors at the beginning of each semester. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with each of their instructors to discuss their Student Information Letter.

Information for students who already have a Student Information Letter at MWSU.
If you already have a Student Information Letter at MWSU, you can step right to the front of the line and upload, download, print and take a copy of your letter to each of your instructors. And here are a few handy tips to keep in mind with regard to your letter:

  • It is a TERRIBLE idea to just hand your letter to your instructors and assume they will know what you need – they will not. Make an appointment with them. Get to know them. Let them get to know you. Make them part of your success story. 
  • It is a FANTABULOUS idea to make an appointment with each of your instructors to discuss your needs at the beginning of each semester. Make an appointment with them. Get to know them. Let them get to know you. Make them part of your success story.
  • It is also a GREAT idea to discuss your disability with your academic advisor so he or she will be able to help you pick the classes and degree program that speaks to your strengths. Make an appointment with your advisor. Get to know your advisor. Let your advisor get to know you. Make your advisor part of your success story.

Here is the link to the database where you can access your Student Information Letter. Have a great semester!

Information for students who think they have a disability but have never been evaluated or formally diagnosed.