DDN: Wright State receives praise for being disability-friendly


Wright State was recognized as one of the best campuses in the nation for students with disabilities. Pictured are Tom Webb, left, director of disability services, and Dan Darkow, who graduated from Wright State in 2015.

Wright State University is again receiving praise as a good campus for students with physical disabilities.

The school was ranked the third best of 10 schools for students with disabilities by College Magazine this week, a quarterly publication written and edited by college students.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came in second and Ball State University in Indiana came in first. Northern Kentucky University was also included in the ranking, coming in 10th place.

In the ranking, Wright State received praise for its service dog park, assistance in residence halls, personal care attendants, wheelchair accessible shuttles and a personal assistance station that includes private restrooms. Wright State also offers wheelchair sports on campus and has an online guide available to help students with disabilities prepare for college, according to WSU.

“Some colleges go above and beyond to make the transition to college life easy for students with disabilities. These ten schools offer accessible dorms, classrooms and transportation, plus they get the entire school body involved by advocating for awareness and inclusion for students with physical disabilities,” the magazine stated.

Photo of physicaly disabled Wright State students talking in a classroom.

According to College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities by Chris Wise Tiedemann, Wright State and four other schools go above and beyond the rest in making independent living possible for students with disabilities.

Wright State has received credit before for being one of the nation’s most disability-friendly schools.

In 2012, Wright State was highly rated in a book called “College Success For Students with Physical Disabilities.” The book mentioned the university’s accessible housing and transportation and its tunnel system, which connects most academic buildings on campus.

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