Wesleyan University is committed to supporting all students in their academic and co-curricular endeavors.To this end, Wesleyan complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stated that, "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States...shall solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) extends some of these stated provisions.
The mission of Disability Resources is to create an accessible and inclusive learning environment where disability is recognized as an aspect of diversity. The goals and objectives of Disability Resources are to:
- promote and facilitate access through outreach and training, collaborative partnerships, innovative programs, and proactive solutions across the campus;
- create inclusive environments by engaging and supporting the campus community in evaluating accessibility;
- consult regarding the reduction of barriers for persons with disabilities; and
- ensure the effective delivery of accommodations.
Wesleyan does not offer academic programs specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. The University is, however, committed to providing services and reasonable accommodations to all students who need and have a legal entitlement to such accommodations.
Laura Patey, Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, who administers services for students with disabilities is located in North College, Room 021.