Edinboro University has a nationally ranked Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) that works in conjunction with the Veterans Success Center to support wounded or disabled military and veteran students as they transition to civilian life and enter the University. Veterans coming to school often have unique concerns related to this transition and the OSD stands ready to assist in making the transition less laden with obstacles.
At the time a veteran applies to Edinboro University, they should also make contact with the OSD should they have needs associated with a service connected disability. Since each soldier’s experience and situation is different, their particular situation is evaluated to determine what assistance can be provided. The University respects the maturity and responsibility associated with veterans and assumes they will seek assistance at their discretion should they feel assistance is warranted.
Contact Dr. Robert "Bob" McConnell for more information on the Office of Student Disabilities and the services it provides.
Crawford Center for Health and Physical Education and Disability Resources
200 Glasgow Road
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA 16444
Wheelchair Basketball Team
Edinboro University also offers disabled student veterans the opportunity to participate in athletics at the collegiate level, with a nationally competitive wheelchair basketball team lead by Head Coach Jim Glatch. Coach Glatch has coached at Edinboro for 18 years leading the 2006/2007 team to the national championship game. From 2009 – 2012 Coach Glatch guided the USA Men’s Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Team. In 2012 Team USA won their first Paralympic Medal in 12 years while attending the games in London. Coach Glatch has previous experience working with Wounded Warriors, hosting 15 clinics at Walter Reed and Bethesda.
To participate in wheelchair basketball an individual needs to have a lower extremity disability. Any individual that doesn’t use a chair on a regular basis may still qualify to play if they have a lower leg amputation, missing bone in any part of their legs or orthotic disability that doesn’t permit them to participate in able body basketball.
For more information regarding the Fighting Scots Men or Women’s Wheelchair Basketball programs contact Head Coach Jim Glatch at (814)732-1875 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Needs
Edinboro University also offers students on-campus counseling through CAPS, or Counseling and Psychological Services, at Ghering Health & Wellness Center. Staffed with four psychologists and counselors, the Center has extensive experience in assisting students with transitioning to an educational environment, traumas and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and anger management just to name a few.
If you would rather speak to a veteran specific counselor, the Veterans Success Center has an excellent working relationship with the VA and Vet Center in Erie, less than 30 minutes away. In fact, both organizations offer services to students in private settings on campus with no need to travel.
Finally, the VSC is currently developing a veterans peer support group and mentorships between "new" and "seasoned" student veterans. If you are interested in volunteering as or would like a mentor, contact the Center today!