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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is committed to assisting students with documented specific learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, visual, hearing, mobility, psychiatric, and other health impairments. Students who have such impairments, as defined by the Americans with Disability Act, which substantially limit one or more major life activities, may be eligible for services. For more information visit: http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm#12102.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, provides the foundation for equal access for students with disabilities. Under this law, qualified individuals with disabilities are defined as persons with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 furthers civil rights of persons with disabilities by mandating equal education opportunity. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College complies with these laws to serve students with disabilities.
A person with a disability is any person who:
Some common disabilities are:
Some accommodations or services include:
Laws and regulations governing services provided to students in secondary education and students in post-secondary education differ. College is different from high school In college, it is the student's responsibility to self-disclose and complete all paperwork required by the Special Services Office in order to receive support.
The Special Services Office serves students who have documented disabilities, have met the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College admissions criteria, and are otherwise qualified. The Special Services Office is the centralized department for receiving disability related documentation and approving requested accommodations. Students voluntarily register with the Special Services Office and provide documentation to support their requested accommodations. Disability services staff assess the individual’s disability with respect to the documentation presented and the accommodations requested. Documentation provided must meet Technical College System of Georgia criteria and should describe diagnosis, characteristics of the disability, as well as functional limitations for a college environment. Eligibility determination will be based on the degree (if any) to which the disability will affect a student's program of study and participation.
In addition to documentation, a student with disabilities must be otherwise qualified for admission to or participation in a program of study with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Students desiring accommodations must:
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis, based on documentation provided, and the interview with the student. The intake interview, documentation review, and arrangements for accommodations can be a lengthy process. Students are encouraged to apply for services early to ensure that accommodations will be in place once classes begin.
All disability documentation and information is confidential between the student and disability services staff but may be disclosed under need-to-know emergency circumstances.
The primary form of service delivery will be the Individual Accommodation Plan, which will describe recommended academic adjustments. The student is responsible for requesting services each and every semester and providing an Accommodation Plan to each faculty member the student is taking a class with that semester.
Instructors do not allow accommodations to a student who has not followed the procedures of self-identifying, providing appropriate documentation, and providing an Accommodation Plan from the Special Services Office each semester.
Students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations must contact the Special Populations Coordinator and set an appointment to meet with a disability services staff member to begin the documentation approval and academic adjustment process. Services are available on all campuses and may be coordinated by the Special Populations Coordinator or her designee.
The Special Populations Coordinator’s Office is located in Berrien Hall, Room 107, on the Valdosta campus; Charles Harris Learning Center, Room 632, on the Fitzgerald Campus; and Room 113 on the Coffee Campus. Office hours are posted at each of these locations. Please make an appointment by calling or emailing the Special Populations Coordinator, Nicole West, at (229) 333-5368 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If the Coordinator is not available, students may contact the Director of Retention or staff in the Student Success Center on any campus.
Please refer to the Student Catalog, Student Grievance Procedures, for information concerning complaint resolution.
Special Populations Coordinator
Berrien Hall, Room 107
Special Populations Coordinator
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Click here for a copy of "Best Practices when Interacting with Persons with Disabilities."