Accommodations for Prospective/Current Students, Families and Visitors
Each year, students with disabilities pursue degrees in higher education. During their high school careers, some students choose to use accommodations that help them reach their educational goals. However, IEPs and 504 plans don't follow students to college. So, what happens?
IDEA is about success.
ADA is about access.
Student Responsibilities in High School:
Student Responsibilities in College:
Parental Role in High School:
Parental Role in College:
Instruction in High School:
Instruction in College:
Grades and Tests in High School:
Grades and Tests in College:
Study Responsibilities in High School:
Study Responsibilities in College:
Applicable disability law permits campuses to fulfill their accessibility obligations in one of two ways:
- By rendering all buildings accessible.
- By scheduling classes for those students who require accessible classrooms only in accessible buildings.
Webster University fulfills its obligation via the second option.
If you feel your accommodations have not been met, please discuss the concern with your instructor. If no resolution is reached, or if you do not feel comfortable speaking with your instructor, please reach out to the Academic ADA Coordinator for support.
In the event that you wish to file a grievance, please refer to the Grievance Policy in the Student Handbook.
Steps to Receive ADA Accommodations
After you enroll at Webster, please follow the steps provided below. We encourage you to reach out at the beginning of your enrollment, but you may reach out to set up accommodations at any point in your Webster University experience.
- Prepare and Send Your Documentation.
Fill out the online student application . Prepare to submit documentation through the online portal. Once you have submitted the student application you will receive an email communication with instructions on how to upload your documentation verifying your disability, diagnosis or condition. This documentation may consist of any of the following items:
- An IEP or 504 plan
- A diagnostic evaluation
- A letter from a qualified health professional who can explain your disability and how these challenges may impact your participation and performance in an academic setting
- Schedule Initial Meeting.
Once you have submitted the student application and uploaded all required documentation the Disability Support Team will set up an initial meeting to discuss accommodations. It is ideal to set up a meeting before the semester starts, but accommodation may be requested at any time so you may schedule a meeting at any point in your Webster enrollment.
- Meet with the Academic ADA Coordinator.
Although your disability information will be kept confidential when communicating with your instructors, your personal experiences with your disability are an important part of determining what accommodations are appropriate to support your needs. We will discuss what has and has not worked for you in the past in meeting these needs. We will also discuss your past needs and how your present needs may be different from what you have experienced in the past in relation to your disability. Then we will determine appropriate accommodations, and you will sign a Release of Information Form (PDF) allowing the University to send an ADA letter of accommodations to your professors.
- Next Steps
Following your meeting with the Academic ADA Coordinator, a designee from the Reeg Academic Resource Center will send an ADA accommodations letter to you and your instructors. Once you receive your letter, talk to your instructors. It is important to communicate with your instructors to ensure your ADA letter of accommodations was received and to have a conversation about your needs in each of your classes. If you need help speaking with your instructors about your accommodations, reach out to the Academic ADA Coordinator for support.
Once you complete the steps to set up accommodations, your ADA letter of accommodations will be sent to you and your instructors at the beginning of every term and/or semester in which you are enrolled at Webster. You are welcome to reach out the Academic ADA Coordinator at any time to make adjustments to your ADA letter of accommodations. If/once adjustments are made, a new ADA letter of accommodations will be sent to you and your instructors.
We encourage you to review Transitioning from High School to College to learn more about the differences in disability law and support between high school and college.
If you are a student seeking disability accommodations at an extended U.S. location or a non-U.S. campus, please contact the site director or staff designee at your site for information about how to receive ADA accommodations. We encourage you to reach out at the beginning of your enrollment, but you may reach out to set up accommodations at any point in your Webster University experience.
The Reeg Academic Resource Center on the Webster Groves campus is available to advise on disability accommodations and implementation for any Webster University campus or location. Please contact the Academic ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and/or more information.
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