Frequently Asked Questions
Since the K12 system and postsecondary institutions are governed by two separate disability laws, a student’s IEP/504 plan does not automatically transfer over to the college setting. As such, it is the student’s responsibility to seek out accommodations at Wallace Community College as soon as possible. Students may initiate this process by completing the application for disability support services, then submitting to the appropriate DSS Compliance Coordinator.
Most IEPs/504 plans that our office receives do not provide a diagnosis of the disability for which the student is seeking accommodations. As such, our office often requires more detailed documentation from a student in order to implement appropriate accommodations. Please review the Disability and Accessibility Handbook for specific documentation our office looks for when determining eligibility for accommodations.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits postsecondary institutions from implementing accommodations that are personal in nature, such as personal tutors or mobility assistants. Furthermore, the ADA does not allow for accommodations that will fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, or test. Examples of such accommodations include the provision of a study guide/test outline, reducing the number of multiple choice options on an exam, or providing a word bank for fill in the blank questions.
Although Wallace Community College is unable to provide these types of accommodations, there are still plenty of accommodations that may be implemented to help the student succeed in the classroom and testing environment.
At Wallace Community College, all students are expected to abide by the behavioral standards outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Therefore, the DSS office is unable to provide accommodations that allow for violations of the student code of conduct.