Disability

Having a disability is sometimes difficult to talk about. Many individuals in our society are afraid of becoming disabled and therefore are uncomfortable talking about the experience of being disabled. Because of this attitude, you may have experienced different forms of prejudice and rejection. At times, these experiences may seem insignificant, yet as they accumulate, may feel very draining and overwhelming.

The members of the Counseling and Career Development staff welcome the opportunity to be of assistance. We can help you identify a career direction, work on academic skills, and explore personal concerns. We also have a career resource center and offer a lending library covering many personal concerns.

Campus Resources

Disability Support Services
Kathleen VanderVeen, 331-2490
Intercultural Council
331-2242
Student Academic Success Center
331-3588
Counseling & Career Development Center
 331-3266

Additional Resources

Heath Resource Center
(202) 973-0904, (800) 544-3284
www.heath.gwu.edu

The Heath Resource Center of the American Council on Education serves as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, and other post-secondary training entities.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
(800)-526-7234
www.jan.wvu.edu

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities.
US Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section
(202) 307-0663, Voice and TDD
(202) 307-1198, Fax
www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/

The Disability Rights Section protects the rights of persons with disabilities under Titles I, H, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and can be contacted to obtain information about the ADA.
Association on Higher Education and Disability
www.ahead.org

Many helpful links to different universities and programs, and to information on a range of specific disabilities. 
National Association of the Deaf
(301) 587-1789, TTY
(301) 587-1778, Voice
(301) 587-1791, Fax
e-mail address:  NADlaw@nad.org
www.nad.org

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) provides general information about deaf communities and Deaf Culture. NAD has a law center with attorneys who are familiar with specific laws that are related to accommodating deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. 
Post-secondary Education Programs Network
www.pepnet.org

PEPnet provides technical assistance and information for institutions of higher education on serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Programs and internships can receive helpful technical assistance on designing and obtaining accommodations. Information useful in orienting instructors and supervisors to deafness is also available on this website.