Students, who have a documented disability that may affect their pursuit of a Washington College education, are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations.
All students with disabilities are eligible for protections under the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA AA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended). Under the ADA AA 2008, a disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, having a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such impairment.” Student with disabilities requesting accommodations and services at Washington College must participate in the disability disclosure process and be determined to be eligible as a student with a documented disability prior to the development and implementation of an accommodation plan. This multi-faceted process includes the student’s self-disclosure, initial interview, and the timely submission of documentation regarding a disability(ies)/condition(s).
Disability Disclosure and Initial Accommodation Process
- Complete the Disability Disclosure Form: | ONLINE | PDF (fillable)* (coming soon) | PDF (printable) (coming soon) | WORD (coming soon) |
- Submit the disclosure form and a copy of current, supporting documentation (documentation guidelines)either online, email, standard mail, fax, or hand-deliver to: Andrea Vassar, Director of Disability Services and the Office of Academic Skills, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, FAX: 410-778-7884, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Schedule an initial meeting with Andrea Vassar through WCOnline and then select “OAS Academic Support” from the schedule menu.
During the initial meeting, the Director and student will review the documentation and the requested accommodations. The result of this meeting will be the “Accommodation Letter to the Professor,” a letter that aids the student and professor in the discussion of her/his accommodations. Incoming freshmen, transfer, or continuing students requesting initial accommodations should complete this process before the first day of classes or as soon as possible during the first week of the semester. Some accommodations and auxiliary aids, such as audio textbooks or other assistive technologies, could take longer to arrange so the student should request these as soon as possible.
At the beginning of each subsequent semester a student is enrolled, if they wish to continue receiving accommodations, they must fill out the Continuing Accommodation Request Form. This will ensure that the “Accommodation Letter to the Professor” is created and the necessary accommodations are provided.
* You must download, complete, digitally sign, and save this form using Adobe® Reader® and then send the form via email.
For more information, contact Andrea Vassar at 410-778-7883 or email@example.com.