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Access Center

Welcome to Washington State University!

The Access Center is pleased and excited to work with you to make your student's transition to higher education as smooth as possible.

Going to college can be a significant transition for both the student and the family. For many students this is the first time they are separating from the family and moving towards independence. The Access Center is here to help students with disabilities and their families with this transition. Below are links to our new student procedures and documentation guidelines which describe how a student can register for services with the Access Center.

Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)

Because of The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), your experience as a parent or guardian will be different from the K-12 system. At the high school level, the relationship was between the school district and the parents; at the college level, the relationship is between the college and the student. Once your son or daughter enrolls in a post-secondary institution, whether they are 18 years old or not, they become the sole guardian of all records maintained by that institution. Your student may choose to fill out the Release of Information form (available below) so that you may be included in your student's affiliation with the Access Center. The release of information form may also be used to request documentation to be sent to the Access Center from your student's physician or previous school.

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans often differ significantly from the accommodations and services provided at the post-secondary level. One of the biggest differences is the role of the school in the provision of accommodations. At the high school level, the school is responsible for insuring that a student is receiving their designated accommodations. However, in higher education students are responsible for ensuring they receive the accommodations they need by registering with the university's disability support office. After students register with the Access Center, we work closely with your student and their faculty to ensure that your student receives appropriate accommodations that provide equal access.

Furthermore, IEPs and 504 plans do not always contain the evaluation/assessment scores that qualify a student with a learning disability for accommodations and services at the higher education level. If evaluation/assessment scores are not available or your student needs to be assessed for a disability, please contact us to discuss your options. Additionally, below is a link to help guide you in some of the differences between high school and higher education as well as a link to the Access Center's documentation guidelines.

Visiting Us

We are located on the second floor of the Washington Building through the North entrance. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Meetings with students are by appointment only. For more information please email access.center@wsu.edu or call 509-335-3417.

Notice: The Access Center is currently closed to the public and our staff is currently working remotely. For the time being, please email access.center@wsu.edu for as timely a response as we can provide. Phone messages will only be checked periodically and a phone response may be delayed.