Welcome to Disability Resources


Welcome to Disability Resources (DR), which is part of Washington University’s Cornerstone:  Center for Advanced Learning. DR assists students with disabilities and students with suspected disabilities by providing guidance and accommodations to ensure equal access to our campus, both physically and academically. Disability Resources serves students enrolled in the schools on the Danforth Campus.  Students enrolled as students in the School of Medicine should contact their Program Director or their Program’s Student Affairs staff member.  Students enrolled in DBBS are considered graduate students in Arts & Sciences and are served by Disability Resources.

Some students come to college with a history of having received accommodations for a disability.   Other students may not be diagnosed until after high school or find that their disability creates a need for accommodations until they are in college. Regardless, the University makes every effort to ensure that all students can take full advantage of the courses, programs, activities, and opportunities that our University offers.  If you are a prospective student with a disability and would like to learn more about how the accommodations and services we might provide you here at WU, please contact us.  We welcome opportunities to talk and/or meet with prospective students and their families who are involved in the college search process.

Students seeking disability-related accommodations must use the DR office and are encouraged to contact us upon admission or once diagnosed. In contrast to high school students, college and graduate students are expected to self-identify and to request accommodations by notifying the appropriate office (DR). Eligibility for accommodations is determined on an individual basis supported by appropriate documentation, which may need to be renewed periodically. We will guide you through each step of this process, whether you are a prospective student, undergraduate, or graduate student here at WU.  Students with temporarily disabling conditions (e.g., a broken arm) may either contact DR or Student Health Services (935-6666) for assistance. 

In addition to working with students, the DR staff is here to assist University faculty and staff members who have questions about students with disabilities.  We view ourselves as active partners with our WU colleagues and welcome your calls, emails, or office visits, too.

Please select the appropriate page for more information about how we can assist you.  We look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions, and providing information that will enhance your experience at Washington University.


Disability Resources Staff

Working to support Washington University students.

LIBBY LESSENTINE, Disability Resources Coordinator


Libby Lessentine, Disability Resources CoordinatorB.A. Urban Studies, Rhodes College; M.S. Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Memphis

314-935-4062 ~ elessentine@wustl.edu

Ms. Lessentine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and received her Master of Science degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel Services from The University of Memphis. Ms. Lessentine serves as the Disability Resource Coordinator in Cornerstone, where she assists students seeking disability-related accommodations and coordinates testing accommodations. Prior to joining Washington University, Ms. Lessentine worked in a variety of higher education and community mental health programs, most recently as a Career Advisor at The University of Memphis and as an Assistant Field Hockey coach at Rhodes College.

laura Gross, Disability Resources Coordinator

B.A. Psychology, Truman State University
314-935-8550 ~ lauragross@wustl.edu

Ms. Gross joined Cornerstone in August of 2015 and serves as a Disability Resources Coordinator. Prior to joining Washington University, Ms. Gross worked in International Student Affairs at Truman State University managing the office’s student employees and supporting the international admissions process. Most recently, she worked for LifeBridge Partnership planning community involvement/recreation opportunities for adults with disabilities in the St. Louis area. As a Disability Resources Coordinator with Washington University Ms. Gross assists students seeking disability-related accommodations and coordinates note-taking accommodations. Ms. Gross remains an active member of LifeBridge Partnership’s Young Professional Board.

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