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Definitions

  • Academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services or accommodations-modifications to programs, policies, practices and procedures that enable qualified students with a disability an equal opportunity to access college programs and services.

  • Student- a person who has been accepted at Wenatchee Valley College.

  • Qualified student- one who, with or without academic adjustment and auxiliary aids and services, meets the academic and technical standards required for admission to, participation in and/or fulfilling the essential requirements of college programs or activities. 

  • Qualified student with a disability- the same as above, who has self-identified and provided appropriate documentation of his/her disability to the special populations office at Wenatchee Valley College.

  • Student with a disability- a student who (1) has a physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; (3) is perceived to have such an impairment; or(4) has an abnormal condition that is medically diagnosable.

  • Undue burden- significant difficulty or expense.

  • Fundamental alteration- a modification that is so significant that it alters the essential nature of the facilities, privileges, advantages, or programs and services offered.

  • Program accessibility- all programs, when viewed in their entirety, are accessible to persons with a disability.

  • Core Services- those services listed in Washington State Laws of 1994, Chapter 105, that are necessary to ensure students with disabilities are accommodated at college.

  • Accommodation form- the blue Teacher Correspondence Form that the special populations coordinator fills out each quarter for each class the student (with disabilities) is taking. The student gives this form to his/her instructor the first day or week of class to inform them of the accommodations they have requested for that quarter. There are also white “half-sheets” of instructions that students will give to their teachers at the same time. These half-sheets are for the instructors to fill out with their instructions and attach to the tests that they send over to the testing center (Wing 1 Wells Hall) prior to the student taking their pre-arranged test.  Students must make an appointment with the special populations coordinator as soon as they have registered for each new quarter, to come and complete the blue accommodation forms before classes start.

  • Testing Appointment Slip- a small, green, slip of paper that the student will fill out at the testing center as soon as he/she has arranged for the test. It will have the student’s name, date/time the test was scheduled for and name of class.  The student will give this form to the instructor to remind him/her that the test was scheduled and the date and time of the test.

  • Disability Verification Form- a yellow form that the special populations coordinator may require you to give to a psychiatrist/psychologist or diagnosing physician to complete and send back for documentation of disabilities.

  • Release of Information form- a pink form that the special populations coordinator will read and check off the appropriate boxes on for student release of information at the time of intake with the special populations coordinator.

  • PLNI (Payne Learning Needs Inventory)- a 50 question inventory that the special populations coordinator may administer in office to determine a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses. It takes approx. 45 minutes.

  • 13 Question Instrument- a short, 13 question inventory that the special populations coordinator may administer in office to go along with the PLNI.

  • IEP (Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan)- paperwork that may be requested of the student by the special populations coordinator, if he/she had an IEP or 504 plan in high school. The required testing results and documentation are usually attached. 

 


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