Disability Services for Students collaborates with student support programs across campus. Each program is different and provides varying levels of programming focused on establishing and building skills needed for student support. Be for applying for a program we suggest looking at each option carefully.
Autism Services Center
Western Michigan University's Autism Services Center provides services and support to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college while developing skills needed in the workforce.
DSS/ASC Mentor Program
DSS students will are paired with junior, senior or graduate mentors who have disabilities and have been academically successful at WMU. Participants of this mentoring program will have access to weekly study tables and meet weekly with a peer mentor covering topic areas:
- Assistance in development of study skills and time management.
- Assistance with self-advocating to instructors about academic needs in classes.
- Assistance with using the DSS-Accommodate system.
- Academic monitoring.
- Assistance with resources on and off campus.
- Assistance with signing up for Work Force Recruitment Program.
Students who wish to participate in this program should complete our online application. Please note that this program is currently full for the Fall 2020 semester and any new applicants will be added to a waitlist.
These services are beyond the reasonable accommodations provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act and include weekly one-on-one meetings with the ASC coordinator or graduate assistant; workshops and informational sessions; organized social events; and increased communication between students and professors, staff and parents. To learn more about the ASC and how to receive full services, visit the ASC application information webpage.
Mentoring For Success
The Mentoring for Success Program is a peer mentoring program designed to promote program participants' success at Western Michigan University through increased acceptance rates into participants' intended majors and increased college graduation rates. The program is geared toward achieving specific academic and developmental goals that are focused on participants' overall development. The program is optimized for and most beneficial to first-year and second-year students.
DSS students wishing to apply can start by filling our peer mentor program referral form.