Fall Restart at CDS

Welcome back! Although students and consumers were sent home in March, we have slowly been able to reopen our programs and services. We are happy to welcome consumers and students safely back to campus this fall.

The Center for Disability Services, like the rest of Western Michigan University, is working hard to protect the health and safety of all our consumers, students, staff and faculty. University and college plans for a safe return continue to evolve. The latest information is available here.

CDS families, students and staff,

Welcome back to fall 2020 at the Center for Disability Services.

We know you’re concerned about safety, and I want you to know that we’re concerned about your safety, too. The faculty and staff at CDS and in the college have worked tirelessly and met many times with groups in the college and across the University to come up with a plan to come back in the safest way possible. On this page, we'll list some of the changes we've made and updated building procedures to help everyone come back safe.

View our detailed plan


Building Hours

The Ernest Wilbur Building will be open on a limited basis for programming and activities this fall. The building will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adult Wellness Programs on 110 Cork St. will also be open on a limited basis. The building will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Please note: we will not be accepting any volunteers or visitors at this time.

Masks and PPE

In addition to the daily screening, all consumers, staff, students and faculty are required to wear some sort of mask to enter the building. If you don't have a mask, CDS will provide one. In addition, other personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available as needed.

Daily Screening

Consumers, staff, students and faculty entering the building must complete either the health check or the WMU pre-screening survey through GoWMU every day. 

Social Distancing

Once in the building, you'll notice that furniture has been rearranged or removed to allow space for proper social distancing. Please continue to maintain 6' distance between yourself and others.

Services impacted

During the Covid-19 pandemic, some services have been impacted. Below are our most recent updates:

Community Connections (EWB) - The community connections program is open on a limited capacity to follow social distancing guidelines. The program recently resumed in the Ernest Wilbur Building on WMU's east campus. Consumers currently attending have been assigned to either the morning or afternoon group. Alternate transportation has been provided. For more information, please call (269) 387-7200.

Supports Coordination - Supports Coordination services have continued during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community Living Services - Community Living Services have continued during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior Day Services - Open, however with limited capacity to follow social distancing guidelines. Please call (269) 387-7994 for more information.