Disability Services

Information for New Students

The role of Disability Support Services is to facilitate equal access for all Wingate University students with disabilities.  We do this by working with students, faculty and staff in an advisory and supportive capacity.
Wingate University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in university programs or activities due to his or her disability. The university is fully committed to complying with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504) and to providing equal educational opportunities to otherwise qualified students with disabilities.
Most students entering college will find many differences between high school and college and this includes differences in disability services.  With careful planning, awareness of policies and procedures, and a willingness to make use of available services, students will enhance their chances of success.  We know this because many students who have used disability support services at Wingate University have been successful!

There are numerous resources to help you understand your role as a participant in using disability support services. A publication you may find useful is offered by the Office for Civil Rights - Students with disabilities preparing for postsecondary education: Know your rights and responsibilities. You are encouraged to take a look at it as you prepare for your transition to college.

We often get requests from students and parents regarding documentation requirements. There are differences in what Wingate requires as documentation to support accommodations requests because the laws and regulations governing disabilities are different at the college level. The Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) has resources for students and parents and you are encouraged to look at them. Please also see our Guidelines to Documentation, which were developed in part from AHEAD guidelines.  One of the most frequently misunderstood aspects of documentation, and one that can cause delays in receiving accommodations, is the requirement for current documentation that includes information about any potential barriers to access or limitations your disability may present as related to the University's programs and facilities.  Generally documentation submitted to support your accommodations requests for academic and non-academic situations needs to have been done within 3 years prior to the beginning of your first semester at the university.  That means assessment information, or an evaluation that was done in 8th or 9th grade, will usually need to be updated before entering Wingate University.  Since the cost of evaluations typically becomes the responsibility of the student upon graduation from high school, it is important to get updates prior to leaving high school in preparation for making accommodations requests in college. If you are unsure if your documentation is acceptable, please do not hesitate to check with us.

At Wingate, disability support services are coordinated by the Director of Disability Support Services and Learning Assistance Programs whose office is in the Academic Resource Center.  Please let us know what questions you have and we’ll do our best to answer them.  We are here to support your efforts and we want you to let us know how we can do that.

Useful links:
General Guidelines for Disability Documentation   Word    PDF
Returning Students Accommodations Form   Word    PDF
New Students Accommodations Request Form   Word    PDF
Residential Life Accomodations Requests    Word    PDF
FAQs   Word    PDF

Meal Plan Accomodations Request Form   Word   PDF
Transition from high school to college

Definition of a person with a disability

Summary of Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Accommodations