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Welcome to Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) at West Virginia State University. We strive to collaborate with and empower students who have disabilities through coordination of academic accessibility/accommodations and support services that enable equal access to an education and university life. On behalf of the staff of Counseling & Accessibility Services (CAS) as well as SAR, we look forward to working with you during your academic career at West Virginia State University.

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West Virginia State University prides itself on its numerous efforts to make the campus as accessible as possible.  If you have a documented disability or would like assistance in determining if you have a disability, please contact our office.


image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWho We Are: The concept, purpose and direction


A campus that is welcoming and inclusive to all students


To lead the campus in creating access.  When barriers persist, SAR determines qualified disability status and assists students with obtaining appropriate accommodations and services


Using Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act standards as a framework, SAR will:
  • assist students by making every effort to help students with disabilities attain quality educational objectives, promote self-awareness and self-advocacy as well as maximize their potential in a diverse and accessible environment.
  • assist students to determine access and use academic accommodations;
  • equip students who have disabilities with the technical resources that help them reach their educational goals;
  • foster an environment that encourages personal and academic growth and facilitates independence;
  • empower students to understand their abilities and needs, as well as the resources available to them; and
  • serve as an educational resource on disability concerns for our students, faculty, staff, and community.


image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWhat are the laws that apply?

Two federal statutes govern the provision of disability services in higher education: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Unlike the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which provides a free and appropriate education to individuals with disabilities in the K-12 school system, these statutes are civil rights laws that are intended to provide access and prevent discrimination for individuals with disabilities.

1)    Section 504 applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance.

2)    The ADA has three titles that apply to employment opportunities, state and local government and public access. Title II applies to state and local governments, including public colleges and universities such as West Virginia State University.

Both acts allow for the provision of auxiliary aids to grant equal access. The ADA stipulates that reasonable accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the program requirements or standards are to be provided unless they cause an undue burden.

Our Team

Michael Casey
Accessibility Specialist
(304) 766-3083
Darlene Older
Sr Administrative Secretary
Kellie Toledo
Director, Counseling and Accessibility Services
304 - 766 - 3262 / Text; 304-769-9071

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Michael Casey, MS, CRC, LCAS, AADC, CDF

Accessibility Specialist - Student Accessibility Resources
Counselor - Counseling and Accessibility Services
Program Facilitator - Steps-2-Success

Phone:       (304) 766-3083
Text:           (681) 533-0850
Location:   117 Sullivan Hall East

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm

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