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Disability Services

Disability Services

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.

Documentation required for Disability Services

All students requesting services are asked to provide documentation establishing a substantial limitation in a major life activity in order to (1) establish that the individual is a person with a disability and (2) to determine appropriate accommodations.

All documentation, regardless of source, should contain the following six essential features.

  1. A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
  2. A description of the diagnostic criteria or diagnostic tests used.
  3. A description of how the disability affects one of the major life activities and the current functional impact of the disability.
  4. Treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
  5. A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time should be included.
  6. Information describing the certification, licensure, and/or the professional training of individuals conducting the evaluation.

Documentation may be required from more than one professional source in order to clearly identify the need for accommodations for individuals with multiple disabilities.  The age of the documentation will vary dependant on the type and nature of the disability.  This variance occurs because some disability-related needs are static while others change rapidly. WATC prefers documentation within the last two to three years.

Transitioning from High School to College

As you make the transition from high school to college you will find that the services and accommodations for students with disabilities  can be different. To find out more about these differences please access the document below:

Disability Services:  Comparing high school to college

Help paying for College

Comprehensive listing of additional financial aid opportunities for students with disabilities. Look for them on Best Colleges website. Scholarships that are specific to students living with any kind of disability and also broken down to awards by particular disabilities.

Submission of documentation is not the same as the request for services.

Building Accessibility/Accommodations

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, Student Success 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, Student Success, 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.

Click here for: Disability Services Request Forms

For questions and disability service coordination; or to submit documentation contact:

La Rae Santiago | 316-677-1912 | vsantiago@watc.edu
Specialist, Disability Services

4004 N. Webb Road | Wichita, KS 67226