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Resources for Students with Disabilities

The Carruth Center wants to support our students with physical, mental, intellectual or learning disabilities. We want to help students with a range of services to support their personal and professional endeavors with the goal of promoting well-being in all aspects of their life.   

Students with disabilities may experience difficulties such as:

  • Managing Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Academic demands
  • Dealing with physical impairments or ailments 
  • Periods of sadness
  • Substance abuse 
  • Relationship problems
  • Social problems
  • Coping with harassment or discrimination
  • Identity development

Services for Students with Disabilities at Carruth:

We offer a variety of services to help the above areas of concern. We encourage you to reach out to make an initial appointment to discuss with a counselor what areas you may be struggling with and what we can do to help assist you. Also check out our Group Counseling which can bring individuals a sense of community on campus.

On Campus Resources

MindFit Academic and Cognitive Enhancement

MindFit is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program that facilitates academic & cognitive improvements for WVU students.  MindFit offers cutting edge tools for students to strengthen their academic skills, content knowledge, memory, attention span, and cognitive function.

LGBTQ Center

The  LGBTQ Center serves as a resource center and gathering space for members of the LGBTQ community and allies at WVU.

Office of Student Success

The  Office of Student Success provides services and programs focused on enhancing students’ academic success in college. Services include success coaching, tutoring, and academic support to help you reach your academic goals. 

Office of Accessibility Services

The  Office of Accessibility Services is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for students with temporary or permanent disabilities at WVU. Specialists work individually with students to help them achieve academic success.

Career Services Center:  The  Career Services Center may be able to help you with the following:

  • Exploring career options
  • Choosing a major
  • Building your resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Evaluating a job offer

Off Campus Resources

ADA National Network
The ADA National Network has regional centers across the U.S. that can provide resources and assistance for campuses and college students.  If you have questions about your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), call someone at your local center ( there is a list of regional ADA centers here).

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
Professional organization for disability services providers

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)  
ASAN promotes understanding of neurodiversity and self-advocacy among autistics. The organization has many college-related initiatives, including Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy,  and the  Autistic Scholars Fellowship Program.

Diversity Abroad The mission of Diversity Abroad is to ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA): Mobility International USA empowers people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD):  The  Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is the leading professional membership association for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education.  

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH):  SATH is an educational nonprofit that works to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability
Research center at the University of Connecticut focused on disability and higher education, especially disability services

Chronically Academic
This network of academics with disabilities and chronic conditions shares resources and advice for students and postdocs as well as more experienced academics. 

College Diabetes Network

With campus chapters across the country, this organization works to provide information and support to students living with diabetes.

DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
Focuses primarily on employment, Internet, and technology; also has online mentoring program and information for college students

Black, Disabled and Proud: College Students with Disabilities
A website for college students, created by the HBCU Consortium and the Association of Higher Education and Disability. 

National Association of Blind Students

Part of the National Federation of the Blind, NABS and its campus affiliates provide a point of information, networking, and collective action for college students who are blind. Useful resources include the  Self-Advocacy in Higher Education and the  Self-Advocacy in High-Stakes Testing toolkits.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI offers support and assistance designed to reduce the stigma of mental illness; they have campus and community chapters and resources for family members.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Federally-funded group coordinating transition-related work across U.S.

National Association of Law Students with Disabilities
This coalition of law students actively works for equity and inclusion in law education and the field of law, working closely with the National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities.

National Black Deaf Advocates
Hosts leadership trainings for Black deaf and hard of hearing college students.

The National Deaf Center (NDC) on Postsecondary Outcomes
Provides information and technical assistance related to deaf or hard-of-hearing students and their supporters in higher education

National Wheelchair Basketball Association
With roots in teams formed by WWII veterans, this organization now spans the globe and sends teams to the Paralympics.  Their website has more information about the sport and where teams are located.

National Youth Leadership Network
National organization for youth with disabilities, ages 16-28

Office of Civil Rights
If you think your college has discriminated against you, talk to someone at the Office of Civil Rights office in your city or state.  They will help you learn more about your rights (and responsibilities) as a college student with a disability.

Think College
Promotes inclusion in higher education for people with intellectual disabilities