Welcome to Access & Disability Services (ADS) at Whatcom Community College! The ADS Office values the diversity students with disabilities bring to WCC’s campus community. Through intentional programs, services, and reasonable accommodations, ADS strives to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to Whatcom Community College. In addition, ADS staff encourage the development of independence and self-advocacy skills while supporting the learning experience.

The ADS office is located in Laidlaw Center, Room 116, and exists as a center for disability education and resources for students, staff and faculty. ADS provides accommodation services to qualified students with documented disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State Law.

For Students

New Students:

If you are new to ADS and seeking disability services, you will need to complete the ADS Student Application. The student application will also allow you to upload disability documentation which will speed the process of accessing accommodations.

After completing the application, schedule an access planning appointment with an ADS advisor by calling 360-383-3080. If you are a current WCC student, you can also schedule an appointment online through Starfish in your MyWCC. You are encouraged to review the ADS Student Handbook prior to your appointment.

At this initial appointment we will:

  • Review disability documentation
  • Discuss strengths and challenges
  • Determine appropriate accommodations
  • Arrange for placement testing accommodations if needed and appropriate

Current Students: 

If you are already registered with ADS, log into your MyADS to renew your accommodations on a quarterly basis. Log-in to MyADS using your WCC Network Username and Password.  

MyADS Tutorial

Meet with an ADS advisor at any time to:

  • Find out about ADS processes
  • Be referred to additional resources (AIM, Veterans, Counseling, BFET, etc.)
  • Discuss need to change/update accommodations
  • Request tutoring services
  • Check-in on how the quarter is progressing

Access & Disability Services forms & information

ADS Student Handbook 

Documenting a Disability For Higher Education

Disability Verification Form - for health care provider to complete fillable form| printable form

Learning Disability Diagnosticians

Hardship Withdrawal Petition 

Process for Accessing Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities PDF | Word

Service Animal Procedure

Service Animals Infographic

Guidance Information for Students Regarding Medical Seizures

Timeline to Transfer Between Disability Services Offices

For Faculty and Staff:

Log-in to MyADS Faculty Portal using your WCC log-in credentials to access student accommodation letters for your courses. 

Below you will find procedures, resources and information to assist you in your work. Contact the staff in the ADS office with any questions or concerns you may have regarding access.

ADS Handbook for Faculty and Staff

Service Animals Infographic

Request for Captioned Media form

Sign Language Interpreters in the Classroom

Typewell Transcriber in the Classroom

Medical Seizure Protocol for Faculty and Staff

Memory Aid Cue Card Accommodation

All syllabi should contain the following statement:

Disability accommodations: Any student with a disability requiring auxiliary aids, services, or reasonable accommodations should contact the Access and Disability Services office in the Entry and Advising Center in LDC 116 or call 360-383-3080 or 360-255-7182 (videophone) to make an appointment.

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