Students with Disabilities
Understand your Disability
You need to know about
your disability. Know the things that you do well. Know the things that are
difficult for you. Know what assistance has been helpful to you in dealing
with your disability.
college means rearranging your life. Financial needs, time demands, study
schedules and course work vary greatly from high school. College courses
require more study time outside of the classroom. Expectations of student
performance are greater, and competition may be more intense. These
expectations can be met with good planning. Apply for financial aid early.
Consider the number of hours it will be necessary for you to work. Make
arrangements for transportation and child care. Family and personal
responsibilities and time commitments must also be considered. Set realistic
goals and priorities for course work.
with Support Services
YOU are responsible for requesting
support services. YOU need to contact the professionals responsible for
assisting students with disabilities (see first page). By law, we cannot
contact you about your needs. Make contact each semester, as early as
possible, to discuss what your needs will be. Submit current documentation
about your disability before school starts, or as soon as possible.
Understand that services provided in college may differ from those you
received in high school.
Speak to your Professors
At the start of every semester register with our office to obtain green
“Referral to Faculty” letters stating your accommodations. Contact
each of your instructors to arrange for course assistance and
accommodations. Your disability must qualify you for the accommodations
requested. We can help you arrange these accommodations and may have some
additional ideas that can assist you in becoming a more successful student.
You must make arrangements in advance (as soon as the exam is announced, not
the day of the exam) for accommodations such as extra time. Remember, extra
time may only help if you do the necessary preparation and attend classes
Make Contact Often
You may want to
make contact regularly to talk over how you are progressing in your courses
and to identify your needs in each class. Keeping in contact with these
offices will help you succeed.
Be Aware of Procedures and
Refer to the gold colored “Procedure to Request
Testing Accommodations” sheet. If you must take your exam outside the
classroom, it is your responsibility to get from our office a “Blue Sheet”
for testing arrangements at least four days before your exam. We may not
be able to accommodate you if you do not give advanced notice.
are located throughout our campus. Refer to “Don’t Drop Out, Drop In”
brochure or WCC’s website for locations and times. THIS IS A FREE
ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER and
WRITING CENTER WORKSHOPS are scheduled regularly. They are
invaluable to new students, and returning students, too. Take
advantage of these. Great information at no charge! See the
Academic Support Center or the WCC website for schedules.