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Harris Family Center for Disability & Health Policy (CDHP)

News & Announcements

Welcome to the Accommodations and Resource Center (AARC) for Students with Disabilities a division of the Harris Family Center for Disability Issues and Health Policy(CDHP) at Western University of Health Sciences. AARC is dedicated to providing students with disabilities the support and services needed for the opportunity to study in the health are professions. AARC is the designated office that maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for academic accommodations, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for the provisions of such accommodations for students attending Western University of Health Sciences.

Our staff encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to utilize all the appropriate accommodations. No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations as required under Title III-Public accommodations Owned by Private Entities of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Watch this area for up-to-date information about important news, events and announcements impacting students with disabilities.



Take notes synced to audio. AudioNote combines the functionality of note-taking and voice recording apps to save you time while improving the quality of your notes. Available for Mac, iOS, Windows and Android.


FRONT SIGHT MINISTRY – For veterans only

Front Sight Ministry is a faith-centered place in Ontario, California, where veterans and their families can find camaraderie, trust and healing for their visible and invisible wounds. Services are 100% free to veterans and their families and include a full gym with personal trainers, spiritual guidance, resource information, military-only chapel service, veteran/family group sessions, loung area/coffee bar, pool tables, indoor golf cage and horseback riding.



The November 5, 2014 First Aider Newsletter from www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org includes useful information about panic attacks.



Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (HFCDHP)/ Accommodation And Resource Center (AARC) note taker requirements.

The note taker position is a paid position. The student note taker will be required to attend class to take notes and upload them on a daily basis. These notes will need to be detailed and organized. As a HFCDHP/AARC Note Taker, you will help your fellow students become independent learners and more successful students. This is a challenging and interesting job with rewards for you and the students registered with HFCDHP/AARC.

To work as a HFCDHP/AARC Note Taker, you must meet Federal Work Study (FWS) qualifications, which are:

If you have any questions or are interested in being note taker, please call Melissa Aguayo at 909.469.5380 (maguayo@westernu.edu) or Sandra Lawler at 909.469.5297 (slawler@westernu.edu). 



Did you Know? The California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services offer services for people with disabilities to seek employment.



Helpful Articles about Technology, written by Andrew Leibs – An Ongoing Series
Check back often for additional articles

About.com Assistive Technology Newsletter
Sign up for Andrew Leibs’ Assistive Technology weekly newsletter. It’s free and it’s filled with valuable information. Just click on the Sign Up words near the upper left side of the page, next to the photo of Andrew Leibs.

Accessible Medication Labels
Many pharmacies in the U.S. and Canada now offer accessible medication labels, specifically for blind and visually-impaired patients, including Talking Labels, Large Print and Braille. Search for a ScripAbility pharmacy near you.

Affordable High-speed Internet for People with Disabilities
From the Digital Access Project, a project of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. Get started to learn more and see if you qualify.


Do you know about Bookshare?

Bookshare.org provides accessible books and periodicalsfor readers with print disabilities. It’s free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, and has an online searchable library, with more than70,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals andassistive technology tools.


Dragon Dictate for Mac
Dragon Dictate by Nuance Communications is speech recognition software that lets Mac users compose written documents, execute commands, and run applications using only your voice. It can help people with mobility restrictions or learning disabilities that make typing difficult. Read more.


Read an interview with Nuance Communications senior product manager Colleen Hendry titled “Is Speech Recognition Still Assistive Technology?”




HEATH Resource Center

Take a look at the HEATH Resource Center website for information about scholarships and grants for people with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University gathers and disseminates information to help people with disabilities reach their full potential through postsecondary education and training, and acts as an online clearinghouse.


Scholarships and Internships for Students with Disabilities  

January through May are very important months for students. They are the months when most summer internships and upcoming year scholarships have their application deadlines. Proyecto Visión has extensive lists of specific scholarships and internships for students with disabilities, including information regarding award amounts, application deadline dates, and links to application forms. There are numerous great opportunities, but students can only get them if they learn about them and apply.

Scholarship List

Internship List


The Laura Williams Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to people with disabilities who have been admitted to or are enrolled in a California college or university and who are committed to taking a leadership role in improving the lives of persons with disabilities. One $500 scholarship will be given.

Any person with a verified physical, mental, or learning disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as defined in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, who has been admitted to or is enrolled in an accredited state university, community college, private college, or university in California may apply.

Click here for more information and to apply.