Disability Services Office
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    Access for Students with Disabilities

    Ridgewater College has a strong commitment to provide equal access for students with disabilities. The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Ridgewater's policy is to provide accessible programs, services and activities for students with disabilities.
    On each campus an office is designated to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal opportunities to pursue their education. Students are responsible for requesting available assistance from the campus Disability Services Office.
    Who is Eligible?

    An individual with a disability is defined as any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activity, (ii) has a record of such an impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment.
    Students with the following disabilities are generally eligible for services: (partial list)
  • Blindness or visual impairment
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac diseases
  • AIDS
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Psychiatric and emotional disorders
  • Deafness or hard of hearing
  • Drug or alcohol addiction (former users and those in recovery programs and not current users)
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • Orthopedic disability
  • Specific learning disability
  • Spinal cord or traumatic brain injury
  • Speech disorder
    Support Services:
  • Transition assistance from high school and community to college
  • Agency and referral information
  • Resource Center
  • Peer tutoring
  • Collaboration with faculty
  • Advocacy
    Academic Accommodations: (Partial list/accommodations are individualized)
  • Assistive devices
  • Early registration
  • Early syllabus availability
  • Course selection and program advising
  • Testing
  • Equipment modification
  • Note taking
  • Taped text books
    Preplanning Checklist
You must request a Sign Language Interpreter at least six weeks prior to the first day of classes in order to ensure Sign Language Interpreter coverage. You can also request a Sign Language Interpreter for meetings and other college-related events.
To make arrangements for accommodations, you must first meet with Disability Services. At that time you will need to provide current medical documentation of your hearing loss (i.e. audiogram). Accomodations will be determined at that time.


It is Ridgewater College policy to provide on a flexible and individualized basis services to students who have disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Reasonable accommodations can be provided after appropriate documentation has been received and reviewed by the office of Disability Services.  Please contact the Disability Services Coordinator on your campus to discuss your accommodation needs: Jay Morrison on the Willmar Campus, @320-222-8040 (jay.morrison@ridgewater.edu), or Terry Grinde on the Hutchinson Campus, @320-234-8650 (terry.grinde@ridgewater.edu​). This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Students with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service. Please allow adequate time for the college to respond to your request.​​

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.