WWCC Disability Support Services


Our Commitment

WWCC is committed to provide access and promote an atmosphere conducive to academic success for all who can benefit from post-secondary education.  This includes providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. 

WWCC complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 as amended in 2008.  An essential component of the laws is the right of otherwise qualified students to receive fair access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations. An interactive and collaborative process is initiated when the student contacts the Coordinator of Disability Support Services and requests an accommodation.

To learn about our services contact:

Claudia Angus, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Disability Support Services
Office 133D
Contact: (509) 527-4543
Fax: (509) 527-4305

For appointments please phone: (509) 527-4262
TDD: (509) 527-4412
E-mail: claudia.angus@wwcc.edu

Carol Bennett (Clarkston campus)
Coordinator of Student Services
509.758.1718
E-mail: carol.bennett@wwcc.edu

TTY: (509) 527-4412

What are your Responsibilities?

  • You are responsible for your own success in higher education. 
  • You are expected to meet the academic standards required of all students.
  • You must identify yourself as a student with a disability to the Coordinator of Disability Support Services and provide information regarding the functional limitation of your disability in regard to the educational setting.
  • Complete an accommodations request form.
  • Be an active participant in the accommodation process.
  • It is helpful to request services early.  We recommend at least six weeks prior to entering the college.

 

What Services May Be Provided?

Accommodations are individually determined through a collaborative process and based on your unique needs, program of study and course requirements. 

Examples of services are:

  • Accessible facilities
  • Materials in alternate format, such as braille, enlarged print, and audio
  • Testing and classroom accommodations
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Priority registration
  • Adaptive furniture
  • Specialized equipment and software for classroom use

 

Dispute Resolution

Students are encouraged to resolve concerns by first contacting the Coordinator of Disability Support Services. It is in everyone's best interest that disputes be settled as quickly and informally as possible.  Walla Walla Community College also offers a formal procedure for students who have a complaint or grievance with the institution.  The Grievance Procedure is described at http://www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=996.

The Process

WWCC students can request accommodations by contacting Claudia Angus, Ph.D. at the Office of Disability Support Services or claudia.angus@wwcc.edu.

Clarkston campus contact Carol Bennett, Student Services or carol.bennett@wwcc.edu

  • Identify as a person with a disability to the Coordinator of Disability Support Services.
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  • Complete an accommodation request form.  Assistance is available to complete the form. 
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  • Provide supporting documentation that addresses your disability and how the disability substantially limits your access to the educational environment.
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  • The Coordinator of Disability Support Services will review the information and suggest appropriate accommodations based on your request, the information you provide during the interview process, supporting documentation you submit and your educational pursuits and courses. Accommodations are individually determined through a collaborative process each quarter.
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  • Once accommodations have been determined for a course, a letter is issued to the instructor listing the accommodations.
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  • Meet with the instructor(s) at a mutually convenient and private time and present the accommodation letter to the instructor.  Discuss with the instructor how the accommodations will be implemented.  If requested, the Coordinator of Disability Support Services is available to meet with the faculty member and the student to determine the most feasible way to provide the accommodations. 
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  • Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Coordinator of DSS before the beginning of each quarter and at any time there is a concern about an accommodation.
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  • Accommodations for on-line courses can be arranged by contacting the Coordinator of DSS by phone or email if needed.