The Office of Disability Support is located in Parker Library on the first floor, PL108.
Christine M. McDermott, M.A.
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Coordinator of Disability Support Services
At Wesley College, students with documented disabilities can gain equal access to all aspects of academic life. Disability Support Services seeks to assist Wesley students with disabilities to receive reasonable accommodations in academic programs and equal access to all aspects of academic life. This goal reflects the mission of Wesley College in striving to realize a holistic campus environment of caring, tolerance and inclusiveness for all people, no matter what their ability.
Although we do not offer a comprehensive special needs program, Disability Support Services provides appropriate accommodations for documented students with physical, learning or emotional disabilities. DSS also works closely with other campus offices to provide equal access for students with disabilities so that they may participate in all aspects of student life. In addition, it seeks to disseminate information among the students, faculty and staff to increase awareness of people with disabilities. Students with disabilities must still meet all requirements for admission and for graduation.
Wesley College provides accommodative services to students with documented disabilities in adherence with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972. Nondiscrimination under Federal Grants and Programs assures that no one with a disability is to be excluded from participating, denied benefits, or discriminated against because of that disability.
Students who have received accommodations in high school or have a disability are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support for information on how to submit documentation. Disability disclosure and request for academic adjustments are the responsibility of the student.
Before receiving any DSS services or accommodations, a student must submit documentation confirming the disability. A psycho-educational evaluation is required, and should include information on the student’s intellectual functioning, processing abilities, and achievements. Also, specific recommendations should include a reasonable accommodation for the student’s disability. Although an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan is helpful as supporting documentation, it is not sufficient documentation by itself. A copy of the documentation policies are available below.
DSS INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
Send your documentation to DSS as soon as possible before the semester begins. After arriving on campus for classes, make an initial appointment with the DSS Coordinator to become familiar with the process and then follow up after the first few weeks of classes to discuss specific plans for your accommodations.
Manual For DSS Services
Wesley’s Manual for DSS Services details all the steps and information needed to receive services or assistance from the Department. Contact Christine McDermott, Coordinator of Disability Services with any additional questions.
DSS INFORMATION FOR FACULTY
Wesley faculty can obtain information concerning Wesley policies and procedures concerning DSS services from the Faculty Manual for Disability Support, available from the DSS Office. Click here for a copy of the Test Cover Sheet to submit to DSS when you send a copy of your examination.
ADDITIONAL DSS RESOURCES
Additional assistance or support concerning disability issues can be found on the following websites. If you do not find the area in which you need help, please call our office for more information.
DELAWARE STATE SUPPORT SERVICES WEBSITES
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Delaware Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD)
Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
IBM Special Needs Systems
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
PageMinder - A paging system that helps organize both academic and personal life
Resources and information for people with learning disabilities
SchwabLearning.org - A parent's guide to helping students with learning differences
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (formerly Orton Dyslexia Society (ODS))