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.
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
Coming Soon: MyADS – an online portal that will allow you to renew your approved accommodations on a quarterly basis.
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
For Faculty and Staff:
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.
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.