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.



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:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have a completed current FAFSA
  • Must have remaining financial aid unmet need
  • Must be in good academic standing at Western University of Health Sciences

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). 


Learning Ally Link for iOS is now available. This educational reading app is designed for students who learn through listening and lets you listen to your audiobooks. Learning Ally is retiring the previous Audio App. View this link for more information and to download the App.



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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.

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.

AudioNote – Notepad and Voice Recorder
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.

BeeLine Reader 
BeeLine Reader makes reading faster and easier by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. You can read websites, books, email and other documents with BeeLine Reader! Many readers, especially those with dyslexia, attention deficits, or ELL challenges, find that BeeLine allows them to read with unprecedented fluency and ease.



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.

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.