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Accessibility Support Services

Accessibility Support Services
· Provide equal access and opportunity to all academic programs and campus activities for students with disabilities.
· Provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, free of charge.
· Promote the philosophy of equal access and opportunity with all WSC administrators, faculty, staff and students.
· Serve as a resource for faculty and staff on issues regarding Accessibility.
· Refer eligible students with disabilities to academic support services (e.g. Academic Counselors, Tutoring Services).
· Encourage self-advocacy for students with disabilities to increase their independence and level of self-sufficiency.
· Make referrals to outside agencies when appropriate (e.g. Vocational Rehabilitation, Counseling Services).

Requesting Accomodation

Timeline
The request for accommodation and the provision of the accommodation must be appropriate and timely. The Accessibility Support Services office will address requests for accommodations in a timely manner, but the institution cannot guarantee the availability of appropriate accommodations without ample lead time to make preparations and/or investigate resources.

For specialized services, such as sign language interpreting and / or captioning, the request must be made via telephone, e-mail, or in person, at least 90 days in advance of date of service. The Accessibility Support Services office requires four to six weeks advance notice to process textbooks in an alternate format.

Documentation
Acceptable documentation should include your most recent psychological evaluation, IEP (if applicable), or medical report from a physician that clearly states a diagnosis and makes suggestions for accommodations. An IEP alone is not sufficient documentation at the post-secondary level. Documentation is usually considered "current" if it is within the past three years, but the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student, and the student's request for accommodations. Documentation should be from an appropriate credentialed professional. Verification by another institution or organization does not guarantee eligibility at Williston State College.

Access to Accommodations
Accommodation might include: class notes, preferential seating, enlarging of printed text, removal of physical barriers.
To learn more about available accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Support Services office at (701) 774-4585.

Checklist for Requesting Accessibility Support Services:

1. Complete and Submit Request for Services

2. Submit additional documentation.  This documentation will assist staff in determining eligibility and appropriate accommodations and/or services. Information shared from personal experiences will help with eligibility and accommodation determination decisions. It is most helpful if documentation is current enough to explain how the condition(s) affects a student now, especially in light of anticipated needs for assistance to accommodate.

3. The application and documentation will be reviewed as soon as possible after received.  Email and/or mail notification will be sent concerning the need for additional information.

4. Email and/or mail notification will be sent concerning qualification. Those who qualify will be contacted and encouraged to schedule an appointment to plan accommodation needs. 

Accessibility Support Services agrees to keep information and records concerning the student's disability confidential in compliance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), North Dakota state statutes and the professional and ethical standards of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Additional Campus Accessibility Resources

Handicapped Parking

For information regarding handicapped parking contact the Campus Security at 701-570-6699.   

Counseling

Leah Hoffman, Counselor, Stevens Hall, 701-774-4212, leah.hoffman@willistonstate.edu

Academic Tutoring

Academic information, resources, tutoring services, Stevens Hall, 701-774-4200, wsc.studentaffairs@willistonstate.edu

Information for Students Helpful Links
Disability Policy  Rights & Responsibilities 
Differences between High School and College Accommodations  ND Assistive Technology 
  Preparing for Postsecondary Education