Accessibility Resource Center

Information for Students and Parents

Information for students with disabilities who are interested in exploring the accommodations available 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 peers.

Prior to their first visit to the ARC, students will need to obtain documentation clearly stating the student’s disability. Once students have obtained the necessary documentation, they will need to make an appointment to see our Coordinator, Mike Ritter. To view his calendar and make an appointment, go to https://mritter.youcanbook.me/.

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 those barriers. A Student Information Letter will then be created on behalf of the student outlining the procedures that may be necessary for the instructor to provide equal access to instruction and assessment for the student. At the beginning of each semester, each student will need to request an updated letter from the Accessibility Resource Center. 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 proceed right to the front of the line and request a copy of your letter. Once we receive your request, we will send a PDF copy of your letter to your MWSU email address. You will then need to take a copy of your letter to each of your instructors. Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind with regard to your letter:

  • It is a REALLY BAD 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.

Information for students who are interested in being evaluated to determine if they have a disability.