Disability Services

Welcome to Disability Services (DS). The DS office coordinates support services for students with documented disabilities. We offer a variety of resources and accommodations to assist students as they pursue their academic goals. While providing a supportive environment, we encourage students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their academic experiences. Support services are determined on an individualized basis.

For more information about accommodations, documentation, our handbook, or other resources related to Disability Services, please click on the appropriate links:

Welcome to Western State Colorado University and Disability Services. Please take the time to review our online resources for documentation, services, and transitional information.

New students with a documented disabilities need to register with Disability Services in order to request Academic Accommodations. To register, you will need to fill out a Request for Services Form, provide documentation of your disability, and complete an individual intake meeting. Academic accommodations are personalized for each student, ensuring student access to Western's academic programs.

You can start the process one of three ways:

  • Fill out the electronic Request for Services
  • Print the Request for Services Form, fill it out, and return it to our office:
    • By Mail:
      Academic Resource Center
      Disability Services
      600 N Adams
      Gunnison, CO 81231
    • FAX: 970-943-3409
    • Emailarc@western.edu
  • If you have difficulties downloading the electronic form and/or would like a form mailed to you, please call our office at 970-943-7056.


Current students who have already registered with Disability Services do not need to re-register unless accommodation needs or your documentation has changed. Remember to stop by the Academic Resource Center at the beginning of each semester to request Resources for current students are listed below. If you have any questions or would like to set up regular meetings, please contact Jen Drumm.


Alternative Test Request Form

Download/fill out and print test request form and return to Academic Resource Center, Taylor 302

Note taking Request Form

Download and print note taking request form and return to Academic Resource Center, Taylor 302

Premier Literacy

Premier Literacy is available on all student computers. To access, click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Ease of Access, then Premier Tools. Click the link above to access training videos for the tools.

Release of Information Form

Form to use when releasing DS information to another institution or organization.

Request for Information Form

Form to use when requesting DS information from another institution or organization.


Information about accommodations, documentation and other disability information.

SmartPen Getting Started Guide- Pulse or Echo

Please note: DO NOT register a pen if you are lending one from our office.

Students with temporary illnesses or injuries are encouraged to work directly with instructors for assistance with instructional work. If the accommodations needed are beyond what an instructor is able to do, then the student/instructor should contact Disability Services (DS) in the Academic Resource Center to make an appointment. All students with temporary illnesses or injuries are required to have appropriate documentation of the injury or illness on file in the DS office should accommodations be needed.

Please note: DS only provides academic accommodations. Personal services or out of class accommodations need to be completed by the student.

Academic Accommodations

Students with a temporary illness or injury should contact their instructors as soon as possible to discuss the need for academic accommodations. Temporary conditions are not considered disabilities, yet if a student needs accommodations beyond the capabilities of an instructor, we will need advance notice for accommodations and documentation of the injury/illness.

Note takers

Students whose injuries impact their ability to take notes should contact DS to determine if there is already a notetaker assigned to the course. If a note taker is not already assigned, students with temporary illnesses or injuries will need to locate their own notetakers. DS can assist students with temporary conditions by allowing copies to be made in our office or by providing NCR paper, which allows for immediate replication of notes.

Alternative Testing

Students whose injuries impact their ability to complete exams in the designated time period can request assistance from DS. DS will determine the appropriate time and adaptations which may be needed. Instructor approval is required.

Adaptive Technology

Students whose injuries impact their ability to type or complete computer assignments in a timely manner should meet with DS to determine potential accommodations.