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.

But where do you begin?

At WATC our priority is for all students to experience learning as beneficial and fun which leads to your big success. We are determined to provide students who are qualified and have disabilities to equal access.  Our goal is to offer you the opportunity to meet your individual needs in the learning environment.

Handicapped teenager studying

Getting Started

1. How to register with the Disability Service Office at WATC

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions.  You can do this during your enrollment or after you have completed it.  It is much better to do this at least three weeks before your first class.

2. Provide completed disability forms to the Disability Services Office.

  • Classroom accommodations are arranged based on these forms. 
  • You can mail, drop off, fax or email forms to the Disability Services office.

 I have more questions now what do I do?

Frequently Asked Questions

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 and SOAR Funding Education. Scholarships that are specific to students living with any kind of disability and also broken down to awards by particular disabilities.

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

Other Useful Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

OCTAE Adult Education and Literacy

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog (OSERS)   U.S. Department of Education

Study Guides & Strategies  Teaching guides and strategies for studying and learning

Khan Academy online tutoring

Scholarship opportunities

HEATH, a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education information for individuals with disabilities.

Best Colleges website 

SOAR Funding Education

Vocational Rehabilitationoffices (by state)

www.disability.gov ‘s Education Section

WATC Disability forms

2-1-1 Kansas online United Way Kansas resources

Disability Service maps

Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC)

Kansas Counsel on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD)

The Self Service system will walk you through each step of the process of admissions and financial aid as-well-as all of the following and more:

·       Check WATC’s website for all information about the different programs and classes available

·       Complete your FAFSA financial aid application.

·       Make a list of questions for the Disability Services staff and set a time to meet with them.

·       Find out where to take the college placement assessment (and whether you need to take them)

·       Meet with an Admissions Counselor or a Coach to get help in enrolling and developing a schedule of classes you plan to take (based on the results of your placement tests).

·       Purchase books as needed in the Bookstore.

·       Consider taking a tour the college campuses

Building Accessibility / Accommodations