Step 1: Accommodation Request Form

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 form when submitting.

*Important: It may take up to two weeks to review and/or process your information/documentation. 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.

Step 2: Providing Disability Information/Documentation

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 coursework at Wilson College. It is the student's responsibility to provide information that verifies that his/her 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 must contain the student’s diagnosis. Documentation such as a current IEP, 504 plan or psychological evaluation may provide sufficient information to determine eligibility for accommodations. Current education-related documentation should be dated within three years of the accommodation request.

If the licensed health provider would prefer to write a letter on your behalf, please have them include the information below. Letters must be dated within six months of request.

Documentation should include the following elements:

  • Typed on letterhead, dated and signed by a qualified professional in the area of diagnosis.
  • Diagnostic statement with any related diagnostic methodology (diagnostic criteria and/or procedures).
  • Functional limitations related to post-secondary educational setting. (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. *This does not automatically qualify a student for listed accommodations. These will be determined during the review and intake process.

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 and documentation requests with the accessibility services coordinator.

Step 3: Intake Meeting

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.

The information obtained from the student’s intake meeting and the information/documentation will be used to determine eligibility. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be based on a student’s disability and individual needs.

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 aervices coordinator will review disability-related information/documentation, regardless of a prospective student’s admission status.

All information submitted to the accessibility aervices 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.