Disability Services

 

Blake RossWelcome!

This website is designed to be a resource for students with disabilities to succeed in their educational goals. The Disability Services Office at Western Nebraska Community College works to ensure students who experience disability have an equal opportunity to participate in educational and co-curricular offerings. We do this by facilitating the accommodation process through an individualized student-centered approach and promoting best practices through collaboration and engagement within the community.

Western Nebraska Community College is a welcoming and inclusive educational environment where freedom of expression, equality of opportunity, and respect for people as individuals within a civil society are endorsed as fundamental principles. WNCC embraces the diversity of our campus community and looks forward to your bringing your background, experience and gifts to add to the rich learning environment we have here. At WNCC we want to support you succeed in your educational and personal goals.

The primary and initial contact point for information about accommodations or anything relating to disabilities services is the Disability Services Office. Norm Stephenson serves as the college’s Disability Services Officer (DSO). He can be contacted at 308.635.6090 or stephens@wncc.edu. You may also reach him at his office at Scottsbluff in the main building in the SLEC area. Students at either the Sidney or Alliance campus can arrange appointments at the campus with the Student Service Coordinators, since the DSO travels routinely to the other campuses. Online learners are encouraged to reach him by phone or email where he can then set up a meeting by phone, SKYPE or Blackboard Collaborate.  Online learners are encouraged to reach him by phone or email.

The most important factor in securing complete information, arranging for appropriate and useful accommodations, and for ensuring a smooth transition to integrating necessary accommodations into your college career is to establish and maintain contact with the DSO early and often! 

Just below, you will find some specific locations on the website linking to different types of services available, along with necessary forms, and a Student Transition Guide designed to help you successfully navigate WNCC and the process of requesting accommodations. The disability service information exists electronically for your ease of access; however, disability consultation, advising, and/or accommodation implementation are human and inter-personal processes.  Therefore, each person merits individual conversation and each situation individual consideration.  Meetings and discussions are best accomplished face-to-face, but phone calls, Skype or Blackboard Collaborate connections,  email, or regular mail service are all communication tools through which the end goal of adequate and appropriate discussions and solutions can be reached.

The Disabilities Services Office is available to problem solve issues relative to disability access, provide equal access for individuals with disabilities, facilitate the development of reasonable accommodations for students, provide services and accommodations to qualified students with disabilities and serve in an advisory and supportive capacity to faculty and staff. The Disability Services Office is available to assist eligible students with:

  1. Auxiliary Aids and Services (Note takers, Scribes, Electronic textbooks, Readers, Interpreters, alternate media)
  2. Modifications (Extended test time, Distraction-free environments, Formats, Delivery methods)
  3. Assistive Technology (Electronic devices, Physical modifications of an environment)

Request for Accommodation Form

Confidentiality & Release of Information Form 

Transition Guide For Students With Disabilities

Documentation of Disability