Overview of Services
AccessAbility Services (formerly Disability Support Services) works with qualified students with disabilities in a confidential, respectful and safe environment to:
- Identify and develop reasonable classroom accommodations
- Ensure equal opportunity to pursue academic and professional goals
- Promote an accessible community where all students have equal opportunity to participate in college programs and activities.
To be eligible for disability related services, students must have a disability defined by Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and request to be accommodated. Under the ADA and Section 504 a person has a disabilities if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities (e.g. walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, standing, breathing, learning, and working).
Students with disabilities requesting academic accommodations are required to participate in an interactive process by completing an Intake Interview with AccessAbility Services (AAS) Coordinator. Please contact AAS at 360.538.4099 or TTY (7-1-1 connect to Washington Relay) to schedule an appointment. If accommodations (e.g. ASL Interpreters) are needed for the Intake Interview please contact AAS two weeks prior to the interview.
Documentation of a disability must be generated by a medical or professional expert in the related field of disability and submitted in writing to AccessAbility Services (AAS) where it will be kept in a separate, confidential file. Documentation will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Documentation gives AAS staff the information needed to fully evaluate requests for academic adjustments and auxiliary aids as well as allows staff to understand the impact of your disability as it relates to accommodations requests. It is the student's responsibility to obtain documentation and provide it to AAS.
Select the disability below for documentation guidelines or see the General Documentation Guidelines.
- Documentation Guidelines for AD/HD
- Documentation Guidelines for Psychological Disabilities
- Documentation Guidelines for Visual Disabilities
- Documentation Guidelines for Hearing Disabilities
- Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disabilities
- Documentation Guidelines for Physical Disabilities
Temporary Request for Accommodations
On a case by case basis, a temporary Letter of Accommodation (LOA) may be given to students who's temporary condition (e.g. broken leg, sprained wrist, etc.) is substantially limiting a major life activity such as learning, walking, speaking, etc. Students must complete an Intake Interview with the AAS' Coordinator to receive a temporary LOA.