The first step in requesting accommodations is to self-identify as a student with a disability. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose information regarding the nature and extent of the qualifying disability. The college does not assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to students who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.
You may begin this process by completing the Accommodation Request Form. If possible, attach your documentation to the Accommodation Request Form when submitting.
*Important: It may take up to two weeks to review and/or process your information/documentation. Freshmen and new students are strongly encouraged to request accommodations as early as possible prior to attending Wilson College. Current students may request accommodations at any time but are encouraged to make their requests for accommodations as soon as they become aware of the need.
In order to evaluate accommodation and service requests, the Accessibility Services Coordinator will need information about how the disability is likely to impact the student while he or she is completing course work at Wilson College. It is the responsibility of the student to provide information that verifies that the student’s condition meets the definition of a disability as defined by applicable laws. Disability related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. Criteria for the source, scope, and content of documentation differs by disability type. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. The professional making the diagnosis of a disability should be an appropriately trained evaluator, such as a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or educational diagnostician.
Please use the Disability Verification Form to facilitate the documentation process.
Existing documentation, such as an IEP, 504 Plan, or Psychological Evaluation may provide sufficient information to determine eligibility for accommodations.
If the health care provider would prefer to write a letter on your behalf, please have them include the information below.
Documentation should include the following elements:
• Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional.
• Diagnostic statement with any related diagnostic methodology (diagnostic criteria and/or procedures.)
• Functional limitations or symptoms. (Limitations inform which accommodations are appropriate.)
• Severity and/or expected progression.
• Current medication(s) and any related side effects.
• Current and/or past accommodations.
• Any recommended accommodations.
Please contact the Accessibility Services Coordinator with any questions regarding documentation requirements.
Any information/documentation a student can readily share during or prior to the first meeting is helpful and can prevent the need for follow-up meetings with the Accessibility Services Coordinator.
The Intake Meeting is a critical step toward determining eligibility. Once a student has completed and submitted their Accommodation Request Form, the Accessibility Services Coordinator will contact the student to schedule a day/time for the intake meeting. The purpose of the intake meeting is to learn first-hand, from the student, what functional limitations the student experiences and what accommodations the student will need. This interactive process allows both the student and the Accessibility Services Coordinator to work together to determine the most appropriate accommodations for the student.
Evaluation of Eligibility
In order to be eligible for accommodations you must:
• Have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities that includes, but is not limited to, walking, talking, learning, hearing and/or seeing.
• Have and provide current and appropriate information/documentation of such a disability.
As a courtesy to prospective Wilson College students, the Accessibility Services Coordinator will review disability related information/documentation regardless of a prospective student’s admission status.
All information submitted to the Accessibility Services Coordinator becomes part of a student’s educational record at Wilson College as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). All student files are kept in locking file cabinets. After five years, the files are shredded. The information does not become part of the student’s official college file. The student receiving services has the right to review and/or close their file at any time.
The information obtained from the student’s intake meeting and the information/documentation will be used to determine eligibility. Appropriate accommodations will be based upon a student’s disability and individual needs.