Frequently Asked Questions
You would be eligible for services and may receive accommodations through the student access office if you:
- Have a physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities:
- Are perceived to have such an impairment;
- Have a record of such impairment or have an abnormal condition that is medically recognizable or diagnosable.
- Students who request alternative testing must have verifying documentation that shows
a clear need for extended time testing and any other testing accommodation like a
scribe or reader, etc.
- The process to establish your eligibility begins when you provide the student access
office with documentation that gives a diagnosis and description of your disability.
For the Wenatchee campus, the documentation can be hand-carried, faxed or mailed to Student Access Office, c/o Lisa Foster, Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801. The FAX number is (509) 682-6841 (Attention: Lisa Foster)
For the Omak campus, the documentation can be mailed to Student Access Office, c/o Edgar Arellano, WVC at Omak, PO Box 2058, Omak, WA 98841-2058.
We will look for the following information when establishing your eligibility for services. Please share this list with your physician or the professional who can document your disability.
Must be stated clearly and be supported by additional information. The student access coordinator/DSS can provide a form for the documenting professional to complete that will give us comprehensive information.
The documenting professional may provide recommendations for specific accommodations or services, but the student access coordinator/DSS reserves the right to make the final decision.
Learning Disability Assessment must include:
- Current assessment including an IQ test (WAIS IV) and achievement test scores
- Achievement test scores (Woodcock Johnson)
- Raw data and interpretation
- Specific recommendations for accommodations based on the interpreted tests may be included, but the student access coordinator/DSS reserves the right to make the final decision.
You should bring documentation from a qualified professional specialist, according to the type of disability as shown in the following chart:
|Disability Category||Professionals to be consulted|
|ADD/ADHD||Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Diagnosing Physician|
|Emotional Disability||Psychologist, Psychiatrist|
|Learning Disability||Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Learning Disabilities Specialist|
- Contact the Director of Student Access (disability support services) and identify yourself as an individual with a qualifying disability
- Provide qualifying documentation regarding your disability
- Request specific services or reasonable accommodations/auxiliary aids
- Request those accommodations and services early before the quarter begins
- Arrange your testing dates/times if you qualify for testing accommodations and informing your instructors you have done so
- Communicate with the student access coordinator about academic or accommodation problems
- Meet the academic standards expected of all students
- Be responsible to take care of any adaptive equipment you have checked out for the quarter and return it when finished with each quarter or otherwise arranged.
- Accessible facilities
- Disability parking
- Note taking support
- Reader/scribe for tests
- Extended test time
- Use of a recording device
- Large print (zoom text)
- Alternative testing
- Sign Language Interpreter
- Adjustable furniture
- Alternative test location
- Assistive technology
- Closed captioning