Accessibility Services Blog

26 Mar

Dear Student:

Please participate in a research study to help determine if your disability accommodation will impact your academic career.

• Survey is voluntary
• No effect on class standing
• Skip any question
WVU IRB approved

Study conducted by George Mamboleo, PhD. WVU Department of Counseling, Rehab Counseling, and Counseling Psych.

Complete survey and be eligible for drawing one of two $25 Starbuck’s Gift Certificates. To be entered please complete the survey and provide email address. Email address not linked to survey. All information is private and confidential.

If you have any questions place contact George Mamboleo at (304)293-0537 or by e-mail at


George Mamboleo
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Counseling Psychology
Follow this link to the Survey:

26 Mar

Students of the Office of Accessibility Services and Eberly College have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships.

The Brenda Biafora Scholarship is to be awarded to an Eberly College undergraduate major with mental illness or behavioral challenges to aid the student in moving forward and completing his/her degree at West Virginia University. Recipients are selected by the dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in consultation with the WVU Office of Accessibility Services and the WVU Financial Aid Office.

The Sparagna Scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student with a learning disability or a physical disability who demonstrates academic promise and who is majoring in an arts and sciences degree program at West Virginia University. Recipients are selected by the dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in consultation with the WVU Office of Accessibility Services and the WVU Financial Aid Office.

Letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required. Send your completed application and other materials in support of your application to the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, c/o Office of Accessibility Services, 1085 Van Voorhis Rd, Suite 250, PO Box 6423, Morgantown, WV 26506. Deadline for scholarship consideration for the 2014-2015 academic year is April 30.

The applications for these scholarships are available below in PDF format.
Brenda Biafora Scholarship
Sparagna Scholarship

19 Feb

Priority Pre-Registration

The time for priority registration for the summer and fall semesters is quickly approaching. Students with disabilities can begin pre-registration at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 25th If you are not able to register through STAR on March 25th contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700 and speak to your Accessibility Specialist. The STARWEB will operate each week from 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday at 11:00 p.m. during the registration period.

Finding Your Advisor

If you do not know who your academic advisor is you can locate the name of your adviser via you STAR in your Mix account. To learn how to find you advisor click here .

Freshman and Students in Pre or Undeclared Majors

If you are a freshman, you will need to complete the advising tutorial and sign up for an advising workshop. Please go to for the advising tutorial. As a student registered with the Office of Accessibility
services, you can request an hour session with an advisor. Please call 304 293-5805, or stop by the Undergraduate Advising Services Center to schedule your appointment with an advisor.

Upperclassmen and Students in Declared Majors

If you are an upperclassman with a declared major you should contact your adviser for an appointment before Tuesday, March 25th to discuss registration for the summer and fall 2014 semesters.

Registration Period Information

Though you can start to register for courses on Tuesday, March 25th you may continue to register for classes after the priority period. However, once a class is full the Office of Accessibility Services cannot assist you in registering for or adding a closed class.

Questions or Concerns

If you have questions about Priority Pre-Registration, please contact your Accessibility Specialist. If you have questions about required courses or course restrictions you must contact your academic advisor.

19 Feb

Student Highlighted in WVU Today Article

Rebecca | February 19th, 2014

Student Excels in Brain Research

Duo study brains’ effect on muscle function

West Virginia University Department of Biology associate professor Jim Belanger and undergraduate student Harshraj Parikshak are studying how brains control muscles. The research focuses primarily on how crustaceans and insects do this differently than humans.

Dr. Belanger and Harshraj have worked together for the past two years. Parikshak, who is deaf, uses an American Sign Language Interpreter provided through the Office of Accessibility Services the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Belanger notes that Harshraj’s American Sign Language Interpreter, Teresa McGonigle, facilitated communication and ensure Harshraj was able to fully participate in the research. “Dr. Belanger presented their research at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology national conference in Austin, Texas. Conference attendees responded well to the research, and were especially interested in seeing how the research could be used to control prosthesis.”

Read more about Harsharaj and his research on WVU Today at

27 Aug

New Process for Accommodation Notification

Rebecca | August 27th, 2013

Accommodation Letters and Emails

The Office of Accessibility Services now provides notification of student’s need for disability-related accommodations are sent via email. This will allow our office to better serve our students with disabilities as well as improve the efficiency of providing students their needed academic accommodations.

The new email format of the letters will contain not only the individual accommodations a student needs for a course, but also suggestions of how these accommodations can be provided to the student.

To learn more about the new faculty accommodation notification process please visit: You can view an example of the new email notification of disability-related accommodations at .

Do not hesitate to contact the Office of Accessibility Services at or 304-293-6700 for assistance.

6 Jun

The West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the Office of Accessibility Services will also be newly relocated to Suncrest Plaza. The new office will be located off Van Voorhis Road beside Applebee’s and across from the Mountaineer Station transportation center. We will be able to offer all of our students a more centralized and accessible place to meet with their counselors and continue to utilize accommodations. We can still be reached by telephone at 304-293-6700 and by email at The Office of Accessibility Services is looking forward to seeing you soon in our new location. You can read more about the move by clicking here.