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GHC StudentsDisability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) works with qualified students with disabilities in a confidential, respectful, and safe environment to identify and develop reasonable classroom accommodations; to ensure equal opportunity and access of academic and professional goals; and to promote an accessible community where students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in college programs and activities.

You are welcome to visit our office at any time during your enrollment at Grays Harbor College (GHC), but we recommend that you come to our office at least one month prior to starting classes.

 

Rehabilitation Act of Congress, 1973 Title V; Section 504
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”


Who is eligible for services?

Disabilities (physical, learning, psychological, cognitive and/or sensory) that substantially limit one or more of an individual’s life activities (i.e. learning) may qualify a student for services. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • AD/HD
  • Psychological Conditions
  • Medical Conditions
  • Visual Impairments
  • Hearing Impairments

GHC main campus in Aberdeen
Examples of services provided, but not limited to:

  • Special location for testing
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Alternatively-formatted books
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Extended time on tests
  • Supportive Chairs
  • Medical Reserve Parking
  • Referrals to campus and community resources


Steps for requesting services:

  1. Contact DSS for orientation of services
  2. Obtain historical and/or recent documentation of your disability
  3. Schedule Intake Interview with DSS Specialist
  4. Develop Letter of Accommodation with DSS Specialist
  5. Discuss Letter of Accommodation with Instructors


Confidentiality

Information regarding your disability is considered confidential. No information will be released outside of GHC without your written permission. Transcript and records do not identify whether or not a student received accommodations from DSS.



Our CommitmentAppeals and grievances

If you disagree with your accommodations or believe you have been discriminated against, please contact Disability Support Services. You may request a copy of the appeals and grievance process.

We are committed to resolving issues as quickly as possible. Anyone who believes there has been an act of discrimination by the college on the basis of disability, may file a complaint with the following:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
Phone: 206.607.1600
TDD: 206.607.1647
Fax: 206.607.1601

Washington State Human Rights Commission
Phone: 1.800.233.3247
TTY: 1.800.300.7525

 


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Contact Information:

If you would like to know more about accommodations for students with disabilities contact:

Holly Leonard
Office: HUB, Room 142
Phone: 360-538-4068 or
Toll Free @ 1-800-562-4830, x4068
TDD: 360-538-4223
Fax: 360-538-4293
E-mail: dss@ghc.edu

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Americans with Disabilities Act - No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of any public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity.

 


Rehabilitation Act of Congress, 1973 Title V; Section 504 
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Grays Harbor College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, religion, age or any other unlawful basis in its programs or activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the non-discrimination policies:

VP of Student Services
1620 Edward P. Smith Dr.
Aberdeen, WA 98520
360.538.4066