Education and Training

Student Opportunities

If you are seeking academic (including on campus residential living) services and supports for a WVU student, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services by calling 304-293-6700 or by email at

The Center for Excellence in Disabilities provides educational opportunities for individuals within the university and the community. The CED’s role for students with disabilities within the university is to provide supports for recreational, occupational and community living.

The CED provides a limited number of paid interdisciplinary traineeships for students at the graduate level. Some trainees receive a full or partial tuition waiver and/or stipend. These traineeships are supported by a variety of grants and special projects that allow students from specific academic disciplines such as psychology, social work, speech pathology, audiology, nutrition, occupational therapy, and physical therapy to observe or participate in clinical, non-clinical, and research experiences related to persons with disabilities.

The CED is also an approved site for internships for both undergraduate and graduate students in programs such as rehabilitation counseling, social work, occupational therapy, and nutrition. These are generally unpaid placements.

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Country Roads Program

An on-campus program designed for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

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WVU Disability Studies

West Virginia University offers students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate minor or graduate certificate in Disability Studies (DISB). Students from a variety of majors can add these courses to gain leadership and management skills to prepare them to expand their professional and employment options.

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Healthcare Simulations

In these virtual simulations for students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy, trained parent team members share their caregiving experiences and their personal journey in receiving medical care.

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LEND Training Program

We train students by using mentors from their fields of study and focusing on family-centered care, teamwork and cultural sensitivity.

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Badges in Disability Studies

No matter their field of study, students will engage with individuals with disabilities in their family, work and community. This micro-credential is designed for students to develop an awareness of equitable and accessible education, research, policy and advocacy foundations for individuals with all abilities.

Badges in Disability Studies