Offices & Services

Disability Services

Students

Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to ensure access to programs and services while attending Washington College.

Accommodation requests are considered on an individual basis through an interactive process. 

Although accessibility accommodations can be requested at any time, freshman and transfer students should submit their requests as soon as they have been assigned a student ID# and college email address. Incoming Fall students start to submit requests in June during the week of Summer Advising. Incoming Spring students submit their requests in January.

It is important to note that accessibility accommodations are not retroactive and some accommodations and auxiliary aids, such as digital textbooks or other assistive technologies could take longer to arrange.  

Accommodation Request Process

Step 1: Complete the Public Accommodation Request form.
Step 2: Provide supporting documentation (see guidelines below) using one of the following methods:

(a) Submit neuropsychological or psychoeducational reports by attaching it to the request form or using the contact information below.

(b) Have your health care provider submit the Accessibility Accommodation Documentation form directly to Disability Services using the contact information below:

Andrea Vassar, M.Ed.
Director of Disability Services and Office of Academic Skills
Washington College | 300 Washington Avenue | Chestertown, MD 21620 | FAX: 410-778-7884 | avassar2@washcoll.edu 

Step 3: Within 5 business days after receipt of the form and the supporting documentation, you will be contacted via email with instructions for scheduling an initial meeting.
Step 4: During the initial meeting, your accommodation requests and the supporting documentation will be discussed with you. 
Step 5: Within 5 business days* of the initial meeting, you will receive a decision letter outlining approved accommodations and information pertinent to your accommodation request.

*Your accommodation request may take longer if more information is required from you or your diagnostician/health care provider. 

Supporting Documentation Guidelines

We accept two types of supporting documentation:

(a) A neuropsychological or psychoeducational diagnostic report. Most often this is a comprehensive evaluation completed when you were in high school. In some cases, you may submit an older report if it includes

relevant diagnostic information. A 504 plan or IEP typically does not provide enough information but may be submitted with the diagnostic report because it may outline recommended accommodations.

(b) The Accessibility Accommodation Documentation form. This form must be completed and submitted by a licensed health care provider who specializes in a field consistent with the diagnosed condition, i.e. the College will not accept documentation from a psychiatrist for a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal disorder.  To avoid any conflict of interest, documentation must be provided by non-family health care providers. The form may be downloaded here: PDF | .DOCX 

Policies regarding documentation and the interactive process are consistent with Section 504/ADA laws and the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) best practices principles which can be downloaded here: PDF | .DOCX

The Accommodate Portal

Students with disabilities use an online portal called Accommodate to easily access disability services.

The Accommodate portal manages and provides access to accommodations including scheduling appointments with staff, test room booking, and note-taking services. Students use their Washington College login credentials (the same they use for email, Canvas, WebAdvisor, etc.). Students can log in to the Accommodate Portal using the quick link in the sidebar on the right.  Accommodate is 508-compliant and fully accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. 

 

If you need to request any documents on this webpage in an alternative accessible format (Braille, digital, audio, or large print) please contact Andrea Vassar at 410.778.7883 or avassar2@washcoll.edu.

If you have difficulty accessing any portions of this page with adaptive technology, please contact Taylor Fields at 410.810.5841or tfields3@washcoll.edu.