Building Accessibility / Accommodations WATC does not discriminate with regard to disability in employment, education, admissions or activities. The layout at all locations makes it possible for physically disabled individuals to access most programs of study offered. Special-need services are provided to improve access to education opportunities and to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities that limit life functioning. Reasonable accommodations are provided to individuals with documented disabilities. It is the responsibility of individuals with disabilities to make their needs known to the Dean of Students who is responsible for student disability services. Forms are available through Learner Success or online at www. watc.edu. WATC encourages students with disabilities to practice self-advocacy. Anything that faculty and staff members can do to aid this process enhances mutual understanding and communication. Disability Services Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) recognizes that traditional methods, programs and services are not always appropriate or sufficient to accommodate limitations experienced by some qualified persons with disabilities. When a disability prevents a student from fulfilling a course requirement through conventional procedures, consideration is given to alternatives while also realizing that academic standards must be maintained. College Responsibilities In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, WATC has pledged to provide equal access and equal opportunity to qualified students. Qualified students are those who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can perform the essential academic functions of an academic program or course. Student Responsibilities Students with disabilities who may benefit from accommodations must identify themselves to disability services. There is no automatic continuation of services from high school to college, and there is no special education program. If students do not disclose a disability, it will go unknown and unaddressed. It is always the student’s choice to disclose information about their disability and to request assistance. Students have the responsibility to:
- Self-identify or disclose their disability to the coordinator of disability services.
- Obtain assessment and evaluation results regarding the specific disability.
- Provide verifying documentation if requesting supportive services.
- Act and function as an independent, responsible adult.
- Contact faculty to activate an accommodation after a request has been made.
- Arrange for any personal needs and supports independent of what the college is allowed to provide. The Dean of Students serves as the coordinator of disability services for students with disabilities, acts as the resource person to faculty and staff members and is the liaison to outside agencies.
Forms to request services are located on the college website: watc.edu.