Academic Support

ACCESSIBILITY SPECIALIST

Dora Adams, MEd.
Washington County Community College
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619
Phone: 207 454-1093
FAX:   207-454-1030
e-mail :    dadams@wccc.me.edu

Policy & Procedure for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (CRF 34 Part 104), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (S.3406) and 2010 (CRF Parts 35 and 36), WCCC is committed to assisting qualified students with disabilities to achieve their individual goals. Upon request and official documentation from a relevantly licensed professional, WCCC grants qualified students reasonable accommodations to provide them equal opportunity for success within a collegiate setting.  Students requesting reasonable accommodations must contact the Accessibility Specialist, Dora Adams, at 207-454-1093 or dadams@wccc.me.edu

PRINCIPLES OF ACCESS

A – Accessibility: Faculty members play a major role in making their classrooms accessible to all students.

C – Communication: It is imperative that students with disabilities, faculty members, and the Accessibility Specialist communicate on a regular basis.

C – Confidentiality: Accessibility Services, all instructors and WCCC personal, must respect student confidentiality.

E – Eligibility for Accommodations: Accessibility Services is the office designated to determine eligibility for federally mandated accommodations and services.

S – Student Responsibility: It is the student’s responsibility to secure necessary services.

S – Support: Both faculty and Accessibility Services work together to support students in their legal right to access an education.

Student Responsibilities

Students who wish consideration for academic accommodations must:

  • Inform the Accessibility Specialist of a disability.
  • Provide the Accessibility Specialist with recent copies of their disability documentation from a qualified professional.
  • Make an appointment with the Accessibility Specialist to discuss their documentation, accommodations, and program scheduling as soon as possible, preferably, before the first or second week of the semester.

WCCC Responsibilities

The Accessibility Specialist will:

  • Register students who declare a disability.
  • Review disability documentation.
  • Determine appropriate accommodations with students.
  • Write eligibility memos for students to share with appropriate faculty.
  • Assist students with accommodation implementation.

At Student Request

The Accessibility Specialist will:

  • Meet with student and faculty/staff to resolve issues regarding accommodations.
  • Follow up with student and instructors to evaluate the success of accommodations.
  • Set up meetings with third parties and off campus agencies as needed.
  • Assist with appropriate program scheduling.
  • Make referrals to campus personnel or agencies as needed.