Disability Resource Center

Disability Resources in the Student Development and Success Center (SDSC)

During the stay at home order for the state of Illinois, SDSC will offer services remotely. Please submit requests and inquiries via email to disability@wiu.edu.

We know for some students, online courses may present an added challenge to learning.  To help you with audio access, please consider downloading NVDA at this link: https://www.nvaccess.org/download/ .  NVDA is a free screen reader which will read your Western Online content aloud and can be used for audio format of Word documents, as well as Adobe .pdf documents.

Role of Disability Resources in the SDSC

The role of Disability Resources in the SDSC is to facilitate equal access to University classes, programs, and activities for students with disabilities.  Because access is a shared University responsibility, the SDSC serves as a resource for faculty, staff and administrators on creating accessible and inclusive environments.  While WIU is committed to access and inclusion, it is not possible to anticipate all barriers that might exist for individuals with disabilities.  Therefore, the SDSC is the campus department designated by the University to work with students through an interactive process to determine disability and hear requests for reasonable accommodations.    

In keeping with our role as a resource to the entire campus community, this website was designed to provide information to students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators.

SDSC Disability Resources Mission

A commitment to equity, social justice and diversity is embedded in the values of Western Illinois University. We recognize disability as a naturally occurring aspect of the diversity of life that is integral to society and to the campus community. To that end, the Student Development and Success Center partners with the University community to create environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable.1 We promote awareness and access through training, partnerships, innovative programs and accommodations.

1-Adapted from AHEAD “UDLI-endorsed” mission statement

Disability Resources Core Beliefs

  • Human variation is natural and vital in the development of dynamic communities.
  • Disability is a social/political category that includes people with a variety of conditions who are bound together by common experiences.
  • Inclusion and full participation are a matter of social justice.
  • Design is powerful and profoundly influences our daily lives.
  • Good design is essential for achieving inclusion and full participation.
  • Creating usable, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive environments is a shared responsibility.


The Americans with Disabilities Act of  1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehab Act of 1973 provide a solid foundation on which to build our philosophy toward equal access for students with disabilities.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University because of disability.  The University will not discriminate against a qualified individual because of the known disability of another individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a relationship or association.

Disability Discrimination

Western Illinois University complies fully with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from discrimination based on sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is responsible for administering and monitoring Western Illinois University’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policies and procedures. Inquiries about or complaints alleging violation of the policies should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, (309) 298-1977. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access also serves as the administrator for Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).