From the Office of Disabilities Services


It is our intent at Washington Adventist University to provide an equitable and exemplary education for all of our students. To that end, we strive to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure their academic success.  Ultimately, however, it is the student’s responsibility to disclose any disabilities he/she wishes to have accommodated.

All disability-related information is treated with the highest confidentiality and will only be provided to faculty, staff or other individuals with your permission, per a signed Release of Information form.

Reasonable accommodations provided to WAU students upon confirmation of a disability include:

  • Readers
  • Special registration services offered through the Betty Howard Center
  • Note-takers
  • Testing accommodation
  • Physical modification of classroom set-up

How to Apply for Accommodations

If you have a documented disability, it is important to contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) when applying to Washington Adventist University.  This is recommended to provide time for the ODS to review your application for accommodations, and ensure the services offered are sufficient for the student’s needs.

If you are already enrolled in courses, make an appointment to meet with the Disabilities Coordinator at the beginning of each semester to secure approved accommodations. All necessary application documents can be found at 

Step One:

Complete a Voluntary Declaration of Disability form (found either in your application packet or online).  While this does not make you eligible for accommodations, it does inform the ODS of your specific disability.

Step Two:

Apply for accommodations by completing and submitting a Request for Disability Accommodations form, accompanied by documentation of the disability provided by a medical or mental health professional (see Guidelines for Documentation of a Disability).  PLEASE 

NOTE: if you had an IEP in high school, but have turned 18 years old since using those accommodations, you must be re-tested as an adult.   The resulting documentation will be used to determine the type and extent of    accommodation currently most reasonable and effective for you.  (Insert the following here: Please call 301-891-4106 for information about accessing the disability forms.)

To access the Disability forms mentioned above, click here

About Required Documentation

Although the public school system provides an IEP (individualized education plan) for challenged students, an IEP alone is insufficient documentation for disability accommodations at Washington Adventist University.  An application for Disability Accommodations at WAU requires documentation from medical or mental health professionals able to provide diagnostic evidence of your presenting challenge.  In almost all cases, students aged 18 years or older must be re-tested against adult norms in order to be considered for disability resources.  Payment for such testing is the student’s responsibility, and is not covered by the Office of Disabilities Services.

The following outlines the types of documentation you need to bring when requesting academic accommodations for any of the issues listed below:

Attention Deficit Disorder 

  • A current report from a licensed professional documenting the disorder based on the DSM-IV criteria, medications (if applicable), and impact on academic abilities.

Hearing Impairments 

  • A current letter or examination report from a medical doctor or speech and hearing center documenting the level of hearing loss.
  • A psycho-educational evaluation dated within the past three years and age-appropriate provided by a licensed professional.  Additional records from primary or secondary schools may be required.

Mobility Impairment 

  • A medical report of describing the disability and the limitations it poses for the student.

Other Health Impairments 

  • A current letter or report from a medical doctor documenting the disability and describing possible consequences impacting the student’s academic abilities.

For additional information, please contact Fitzroy Thomas, Director of Disability Services at 301-891-4115 or by email at