Wilmington College is rooted in historic Quaker values that include integrity, service, simplicity, equality, peace and social justice, and respect for all persons. The College seeks to educate the whole person – intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual – in ways that foster critical thinking, reflection, free exchange of ideas, open inquiry, tolerance, and a desire for lifelong learning.
Disability Services works with students and faculty to ensure that disability will not be a barrier to equal opportunity or access to educational programs and services. The student’s own engagement in the accommodation process is also a key factor to her or his success. The documents below provide information about policies, procedures, and resources available at Wilmington College for students with disabilities.
Amber Walters, Director of Disability Services
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It is the policy of Wilmington College to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.
Person with disabilities – any person who has a physical or mental condition which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such a condition, or is regarded as having such a condition. (ADA, 1990)
Major life activities include caring for one self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. Basically, any function that is performed routinely by individuals is considered a major life activity.
The admissions process and criteria are the same for all students applying to Wilmington College. Admissions counselors review all applications without regard to disability status.
Wilmington College is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with disabilities equal access to programs, services, and physical facilities. Some community members with disabilities require the use of a service animal or a therapy/emotional support animal (ESA) while at Wilmington College.
Many students are completely or mostly confident and comfortable with their disability. View these 10-minute videos to learn more:
Shelby: anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress
Tyler: attention deficit, hyperactivity, and impulsivity
Michael: severe learning disability in reading and writing