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Accessibility Support

Accessibility & Retention Specialist
p. (701) 774-4224
f. (701) 774-4211
o. Stevens Hall, 105C

Accessibility Support
· 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.
· Work in cooperation with faculty and staff to create student accommodation plans.
· 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

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.

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) 774-4224 or at

Documentation Guidelines
Accessibility Support Services at Williston State College looks to the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) for direction regarding disability eligibility. This includes who is entitled to accommodations, how those determinations are made, and by whom. The AHEAD guidance interprets the Amendments to the ADA, with the stated purpose 'to make it easier for people with disabilities to obtain protection under the ADA'.

Documentation to support a request for classroom accommodations may take a variety of forms, formal and informal. It is part of an interactive, deliberative process to gather evidence to establish disability and identify barriers to learning with connection to the disability. It may include, but not be limited to, student self-report, history of having used accommodations, observation and interaction with Accessibility Support Services professionals and records from medical and educational professionals.

Federal legislation acknowledges that post-secondary institutions may request a reasonable level of documentation to support specific accommodation requests without requiring extensive evidence from medical/psychological professionals. The goal of documentation is to support a student's request for a specific accommodation in cases where other attempts to find evidence of disability fails to show connection between disability and the accommodation.

Checklist for Requesting Accessibility Support Services:
1. Complete and submit Request for Services.

2. Submit quality 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 Request for Services 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. Students will be contacted in order to schedule an appointment with Accessibility Support Services to explore and determine access.

5. Students eligible for accommodations have the responsibility to meet with instructors and provide them with the notice. Students utilizing accommodation services must observe the same college policies and academic regulations required of all students.

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.   
Academic Tutoring

Academic information, resources, tutoring services, Stevens Hall, Suite 105C, (701) 774-4224,

Information for Students Helpful Links
Accessibility Support Policy  ND Assistive Technology 
Accessibility Support Procedure  Preparing for Postsecondary Education 
Rights & Responsibilities  
Differences between High School and College Accommodations   
Release of Information Form  
Note Taker Request Form  
Alternative Format Request