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 a student seeking disability services, call 360.383.3080 to schedule an access planning appointment. You are encouraged to review the ADS Student Handbook prior to your appointment.
Step 1: Apply
- Student applies to WCC and issued Student ID Number (SID)
- Schedule ADS 1 hour access planning appointment
Step 2: Meet
- At access planning appointment review disability documentation
- Discuss strengths and challenges
- Determine appropriate accommodations
- Provide placement testing accommodations if needed and appropriate
Step 3: Support
- Register for courses
- Refer to additional resources (AIM, Veterans, Counseling, BFET, etc.)
- Letter of accommodation emailed to instructors
- Renew accommodations quarterly
- Discuss need to change/update accommodations
Access & Disability Services forms & information
- ADS Student Handbook PDF | Word
- Documenting a Disability For Higher Education
- Disability Verification Form - for health care provider to complete fillable form| printable form
- Learning Disability Diagnosticians
- Process for Accessing Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities PDF | Word
- Service Animals
- Timeline to Transfer Between Disability Services Offices
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.