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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants and their parents are welcome to contact
us with any questions. We will do our best to assist you in facilitating
the application process.
Answers to the following questions can be found in order on this page.
- Is there a separate admissions process for students
- Will my needs be treated the same way in college as
they were in high school?
- Can you describe your learning disability (LD) program?
- How do I register for services?
- How accessible is the campus?
- What do I do if I have disability-related housing
- Are you aware of any financial assistance for students
1. Is there a separate admissions process for
students with disabilities?
There are no separate admissions procedures or criteria for students with
students should therefore contact Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions offices.
Since thereare no automatic referrals from Admissions or other campus
offices, students are encouraged to contact DSS directly prior to or upon
admission. Registering with the office will ensure that students receive
appropriate services, including any accommodations necessary for orientation
programs or required placement exams.
2. Will my needs be treated the same way in
college as they were in high school?
While similar in aim, postsecondary services for students with disabilities
are not a continuation of special education services. Making the decision to
connect to campus resources is perhaps the best indicator of self-advocacy and
responsibility. As adults, students are expected to take full personal
responsibility for their educational experience at GW.
3. Can you describe your learning disability (LD)
Students with learning disabilities and attention deficits are served
through the general office of Disability Support Services (DSS) which offers an
extensive array of support
services, including learning
4. How do I register for
Students are encouraged to contact DSS upon admission. To be eligible for services, students must
register by submitting a completed registration form along with current and comprehensive
documentation of disability. Eligibility guidelines are
available online and from the DSS office.
DSS offers an Open House during each Colonial Inauguration (CI) session at
which time students are encouraged tomeet with DSS staff, who will be
available to answer any questions about our services and discuss a range of
disability management issues.
5. How accessible is the campus?
The level terrain of GW's urban campus, along with modifications such
as ramps and curb cuts, provide easy access to individuals with mobility
impairments. Most campus buildings are equipped with accessible entrances,
elevators, restrooms, drinking fountains, and pay telephones. The University
makes every effort to ensure that all programs and services are accessible to
all students and will relocate courses and functions upon request. The
University is served by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) which
features life equipped buses and accessible subway stations, one of which is on
6. What do I do if I have
disability-related housing needs?
Residential living is central to the learning environment for all GW students.
Living within a community and learning to share space and be considerate of
others is considered a crucial part of that learning experience. As the GW
Housing Programs offers a wide variety of residence hall options, most students
secure desired assignments through the standard housing selection process.
Students with specific disability-related needs, however, may request
consideration for an accommodation with housing assignment to support the
availability of any required configuration in their placement.
Requests for a disability housing accommodation must be supported by documentation that
relates the current impact of the student's condition to the accommodation
request. The desire to have a quiet, undisturbed place to study, for example,
is insufficient to warrant single housing as an accommodation.
For more information, visit our housing
accomodations policy page.
7. Are you aware of any financial
assistance for students with disabilities?
Information on GW scholarships
for students with disabilities is available from DSS. Students with
disabilities may also be eligible for assistance through their state offices of
Vocational Rehabilitation. General information on financial aid at GWcan
be obtained through the Office
of Student Financial Assistance.