Disability Support Services
Coordinator: Shannon Dunnuck
Due to conferences, the Disability Support Center will be closed:
Tuesday, September 27th through Friday September 30th.
What is Disability Support Services?
WSC Disability Support Services (DSS) was established to provide leadership and assistance to WSC in its efforts to comply with the intent and specific regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Physical and program accessibility at the WSC is a joint responsibility and can be achieved only through cooperative efforts of College faculty, staff, and students.
DSS strives to ensure access and services for students with disabilities. DSS provides disability-related accommodations for WSC students and visitors with disabilities as well as technical assistance, consultation and resource information for students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, and for College departments seeking to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
Disability Support Services (DSS) assists both students with disabilities, and faculty and staff working with students with disabilities by providing the following:
· Provide academic support services through reasonable and appropriate accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities; the accommodations are free of charge.
· Refer eligible students with disabilities to academic support services, and encourage self-advocacy for students with disabilities.
· Make referrals to outside agencies when appropriate.
Applying for Disability Support Services
As a college student, it is your responsibility to identify yourself to DSS as an individual with a disability and to request accommodations. An individual with a disability is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, working, thinking, reading, concentrating, and communicating; and/or the operation of major bodily functions.
WSC students wishing to receive accommodation services must register with DSS. For more information on the application process, please call our office at (701) 774-4224, or stop by our office in Crighton Building, room 115, to pick up application materials. You may also set up an appointment if you have questions.
Please note: the application process can take a week to 10 days; please plan ahead to ensure accommodations can be established in a timely manner.
Checklist for Applying and Initiating DSS Services:
Complete the DSS Application for Services (link below).
Gather and send DSS documentation of the condition(s). This information will assist DSS staff determine eligibility for services and appropriate accommodations and/or services. Information you share from your own personal experiences will also help with eligibility and accommodation determination decisions. It is most helpful if documentation is current enough to explain how the condition(s) affects you now, especially in light of your anticipated need for assistance to accommodate your disability.
Your application and documentation will be reviewed as soon as possible after received. You will be notified by email or mail whether additional information is needed and/or if you qualify for services. If you do qualify, you will be contacted and encouraged to schedule an appointment to begin planning for your accommodation needs.
NOTE: Disability Documentation is maintained in the Disability Services office as confidential information and is not available to faculty or staff outside this office without written authorization from the student.