There are many resources available on and off campus to help you succeed. Links to different areas are listed below to guide you to those resources. External resources are those outside the WKU community. Also, refer to the FAQs for students page, the parent/guardian page, the student events page for further resources.
Lists on the Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) website are in no way meant to be exhaustive. Although we have done our best to verify any resources listed below, we cannot guarantee the validity of all resources, or the validity of resources provided by other sites.
WKU Resources WKU Resources
Below are some of the on-campus resources that we think will be most relevant to our students' success.
- The Mathematics Department provides a Math Help Lab in COHH 2124 to provide free tutoring to students taking classes in the Math Department, especially those taking general education mathematics courses.
- List of tutoring and academic assistance locations
- Study Tips and Tools
- List of Course the TLC Tutors
- Online Tutoring Sessions
- In the Study Lounge (DSU 1082), there are flyers about tutoring services. Click here to view the tutoring flyers.
- Click here for a list of resources on the Bowling Green campus.
- Click here for a list of resources on the Glasgow campus.
- Click here for a list of resources on the Owensboro campus.
Online Student Support Portal
- The portal connects you to resources across campus, including online tutoring, financial planning, library and research assistance, an online writing center, and more!
- Click here to access the Online Student Resource Portal.
- Counseling Center Services FAQ
- Databank of Psychological Issues Among College Students
- List of Resources for Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- NAMI is a free support group that meets on alternating Mondays for current WKU students struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. It is led by two NAMI-certified facilitators who are in mental health recovery themselves. This group is a supplement — not a substitute — for therapy or medication.Contact Dr. Jay Gabbard at email@example.com for more information.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Bowling Green
- DBSA offers a free support group. All students with mental health concerns are welcome to attend; no formal diagnosis is required. This group aims to support all students in developing mental health. It’s led by fellow college students who have received training from the national branch of DBSA.
"A Freshman's Guide to the Hill"Open in New Window
"WKU Campus Safety"CCopen in new window
"WKU Online Safety"CCopen in new window
"WKU Consent/Title IX"CCOpen in new window
WKU also suggest students review the information from Cornell Health about Bystander InterventionOpen in New Window. On the site, you can also find a video, "Intervene" (2016)CCopen in new window, with different scenarios and intervention techniques.
List of WKU Transportation MapsOpen in New Window
List of WKU Facilities MapsOpen in New Window
ADA Accessibility Map (2015)Open in New Window
Parking Information for Visitors & Students with DisabilitiesOpen in New Window
List of All-Gender RestroomsOpen in New Window
WKU TopDollar Scholarship Source — The deadline for completing the application is February 1st.
KY AHEAD Scholarship InformationOpen in New Window (external)
Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA. It opens October 1st.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office for information about external financial assistance.
Students are encouraged to complete the application for awards as soon as possible. Some awards may be on a "first-come, first-served" basis, so awards are only made until funds have depleted.
Additional external scholarships are listed in the section below.
Students requesting housing accommodations must provide documentation to the SARC from a licensed professional which outlines their diagnosis. Documentation must be from the last three years and include specific recommendations for accommodations (i.e. private room, private bathroom, room on lower/first floor). Once the information is received, the SARC will notify WKU Housing and Residence Life (HRL) in a timely manner of the request(s). HRL then determines placement based on the student’s accommodation request(s). Please, review the full SARC registration process here. You will also need to contact HRL with your request.
Postsecondary education institution as defined in KRS 164.948 shall provide priority for first-floor housing to any student who informs the institution of a disability, or a sensory, cognitive, or neurological deficit or impairment, or a learning disorder, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, pervasive developmental disorder, autism, or Asperger's syndrome. As used in this section, "disability" has the same meaning as in KRS 344.010. Those students requesting first-floor housing need to contact the WKU HRL.
External Resources regarding Disabilities External Resources Regarding Disabilities
We have listed below resources that includes local and state resources and national organizations that can assist by providing services and information for persons with disabilities. Some references below are general resources for students with disabilities, while some are tailored to a certain group of people (i.e. deaf and hard-of-hearing resources) or specific need (i.e. scholarship information).
Barren River Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)Open in New Window
- The ADRC is a department at the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). They have a list of websites for independent livingOpen in New Window. Here is a direct link to a download of their 2018 Community Resource GuideOpen in New Window.
- Contact ADRC with questions about personal care attendant programs. Here are some handouts provided to the SARC in June 2018: the Personal Care Attendant Program (PCAP)Open in New Window, Consumer Directed Option (CDO)Open in New Window, and Participant Driven Services (PDS)Open in New Window.
City of Bowling Green, KYOpen in New Window
- You can also find a short list of disability resources on the official municipal website of Bowling Green, KY.
LifeskillsOpen in New Window
- Lifeskills offers support for people who experience mental illness, addition, and intellectual disabilities.
- If you are in need of counseling services in the Bowling Green area, please review the Behavioral Health Provider ListOpen in New Window provided by Warren County Public Schools.
Mobile GroceryOpen in new window
- Mobile grocery is a service offered by the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. Click here to view the Mobile Grocery Flyer.open in new window
Talley Family Counseling Center
- Vocational RehabilitationOpen in New Window
- Kentucky Career CenterOpen in New Window
- Americans with DisabilitiesOpen in New Window
- Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) NetworkOpen in New Window
- Kentucky Protection & Advocacy ResourcesOpen in New Window
- Kentucky Rehabilitation Association's FacebookOpen in New Window
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR)Open in New Window
- OCR's "Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities"Open in New Window
- OCR's "Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities"Open in New Window
U.S. Department of Labor
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)Open in New Window
- Disability ResourcesOpen in New Window
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)Open in New Window
- The AAPD is a political and advocacy organization that centers around disability policy and the disability rights movement.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)Open in New Window
- The ADDA offers support, resources, and connection to adults with ADHD.
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)Open in New Window
- This college support program, founded by the Autism Education and Research Institute, is dedicated to the academic success of students with autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and ADHD. It provides students with coaching, networking opportunities, and mentorships.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)Open in New Window
- COSD assist college students or recent graduates with a disability, in gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure a career.
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)Open in New Window
- The LDA was founded in 1963 by parents interested in finding more resources for children with disabilities. The organization has since grown into an advocacy and educational resource for adults, parents, and educators.
National Center on Accessible Instructional MaterialsOpen in New Window
- While their site is aimed toward school administrators and educators, it lists a variety of learning resources and tools for students with physical disabilities.
National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)Open in New Window
- The NCCSD is an online resources for students, parents, faculty, and other professionals. They have a clearinghouse for resources on disability and education, information about campus organizations for college students with disabilities, and an organization for and led by students with disabilities, DREAM (Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring).Open in New Window
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)Open in New Window
- This organization hosts a number of advocacy programs and events for adults with learning disabilities.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)Open in New Window
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)Open in New Window
- Students can find a wealth of scholarships, activities, publications, and academic resources through this organization that is dedicated to serving visually impaired and blind populations.
US Autism & Asperger Association (USCAP)Open in New Window
- The USAAA’s College Autism Project (CAP) strives to educate colleges and universities on how to work with students on the autism spectrum.
Kentucky Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH)Open in New Window
- KCDHH provides information, referral and advocacy services, and an interpreter referral service for state agencies.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)Open in New Window
- NAD is a civil rights organization for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)Open in New Window
- RID is a national membership organization that advocates for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)Open in New Window
- HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss.
Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing LossesOpen in New Window
- The Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)Open in New Window
- The U.S. Department of Education funds the DCMP, which has created a media library of over 4,000 free captioned titles for educational use.
Also, refer to the "Scholarship Information" section below.
AssistiveTech.NetOpen in New Window
- This webpage provides access to assistive technological devices for people with disabilities.
LD OnlineOpen in New Window
- This digital resource, run by PBS, publishes newsletters, personal stories, multimedia, and news regarding learning disabilities.
- This biomedical funding organization promotes continual public advocacy and research for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks publishes a "Postsecondary Educational Opportunity Guide"Open in New Window for students and their families. In the resource library, they have resources for adults with autismOpen in New Window and postsecondary education resourcesOpen in New Window, including scholarship information. They also have a transition toolkitOpen in New Window, adult servicesOpen in New Window, and suggested appsOpen in New Window.
Navigating CollegeOpen in New Window
- Current and former college students with autism contribute blog articles about their experiences to this online publication, which is dedicated to providing advice and insight on campus life and academia.
Perkins Teaching ResourcesOpen in New Window
- Perkins is one of the oldest education and supply resources for the visually impaired, sharing accessible webinars, library materials, and webcasts. Perkins is well-known for founding the first school for the blind in 1829 and for creating several different Braille devices.
New MobilityOpen in New Window
- This online magazine features articles, event listings, and advocacy information for wheelchair users.
Mobility International USAOpen in New Window
- This organization is dedicated to disability rights advocacy around the world.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and CreativityOpen in New Window
- This digital resource collects assistive technology suggestions and higher education tips from dyslexic students.
Landmark CollegeOpen in New Window
- This Vermont-based college was founded in 1985 to serve students with dyslexia, ASD, and ADHD.
ADDITUDE ADHD College Survival GuideOpen in New Window
- This digital publication walks students through the process of selecting a college, applying, and navigating campus life with ADHD.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association College ResourcesOpen in New Window
- This professional networking society provides college students with links to study strategies and campus life tips.
Other Guides and Resources
BestColleges.com's Resources for Students with DisabilitiesOpen in New Window
- Maryville University Online has an online guide called "Career Guide for College Students with Disabilities."Open in New Window
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office for information about external financial assistance. Click here for a list of Vocational Rehabilitation Offices in each state.
AHEADOpen in New Window offers a scholarship each year. The SARC will send around information as it is posted.
KY AHEAD Scholarship InformationOpen in New Window
Cochlear Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellstrom ScholarshipsOpen in New Window has offered scholarships for recipients of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Cochlear™
Resource lists of scholarships:
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) has a list of 6,100 sources for financial aid in their 2018-2019 publication, "Affording Higher Education."Open in New Window
- DO-IT maintains a list of scholarship opportunitiesOpen in New Window and publishes "College Funding for Students with Disabilities: Federal and state aid, scholarships, and awards"Open in New Window (2017).
- Alexander Grahman Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has financial aid resources on their websiteOpen in New Window. They also have a Scholarship Resource documentOpen in New Window that outlines funding sources and scholarships for deaf or hard-of-hearing students.
- Autism Speaks has resources for adults with autismOpen in New Window and postsecondary education resourcesOpen in New Window, including scholarship information.
- The "Planning Ahead: Financial Aid for Students with Disability" (2015-2016 Edition)Open in New Window from Heath Resource Center of the National Youth Transitions Center at George Washington University is filled with resources. Scholarships are mentioned throughout the publication, but refer to pages 26 through 35 for a list of scholarship according to disability.
- The following databases may be of use: collegescholarships.orgOpen in New Window, www.petersons.comOpen in New Window, and fastweb.comOpen in New Window.
- CollegeScholarships.org is a resource database for scholarship information. They have scholarship information for students with disabilitiesOpen in New Window, such information for students with ADHDOpen in New Window, with visual impairmentsOpen in New Window, with autismOpen in New Window, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearingOpen in New Window. They also have scholarship information for student with health conditionsOpen in New Window.
- Goodcall's Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities.Open in New Window