Disability Support Services
Eligibility for Services and Accommodations
Prince William Sound Community College provides accommodations for students with disabilities under provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is the student’s sole responsibility to request services in writing and to provide documentation for the purpose of determining eligibility for services. Eligibility under ADA requires that a person has a diagnosed impairment which significantly limits one or more major life activities. Current case law defines major life activities as walking, sitting, standing, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, reading, writing, working, performing mathematical calculations, and caring for oneself. Both the impairment and the limitation of a major life activity must be established to be eligible under ADA. Diagnoses are primarily derived from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) version IV, Revised or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) version 10.
It is the student who must initiate the process to be considered for DSS accommodations. A Request for Services form must be completed and submitted to the Disability Support Services Coordinator with supporting documentation. After it is reviewed, the student will be contacted by the DSS Coordinator to set an intake meeting to discuss the disability, eligibility for services, and appropriate accommodations that are available. The student will then indicate which services he or she will accept from PWSCC, and for which classes (or other aspects of campus life) the services should be applied to. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance, and each semester the student must indicate, in writing, which instructors should be notified of the required accommodations. Only those employees who the student requests to be notified will be informed of the accommodation decision. No description or history of the disability will be provided, only instructions for the approved accommodation(s).Request for Services (126.4 KiB)
The Request for Services form must be submitted with documentation of the disability to Greta Palmer, DSS Coordinator, by mail, email, or fax. Submit required documents confidentially:
Email: gpalmer AT pwscc DOT edu
PWSCC – Student Services
Disability Support Services Coordinator
PO Box 97
Valdez, AK 99686
Upon initial receipt of all required documentation, the review process may take up to 10 business days for a decision to be made. Local students outside of Valdez can contact the Copper Basin Extension Center at 907.822.3673 or the Cordova Extension Center at 907.424.7598 for assistance.
The following classifications are given to assist the student and their diagnostician in determining what information is needed to adequately document a disability. Letters from a clinician, psychological evaluations, high school IEPs or 504 plans, or other formal reports are all acceptable forms of supporting documentation.
Documentation should include the following:
- Dated (within 3 years) typed on professional letterhead.
- Name, title, credentials, and signature of the qualified professional writing the letter or report.
- History of the individual’s disabling condition.
- Diagnosis of disability (referring to DSM or ICD where appropriate).
- Description of the individual’s functional limitations as a result of the disability and/ or treatment recommendations.
- You may use this Release of Information (141.9 KiB) form to request documentation from your provider or other educational institutions. Please authorize each agency to release records to Greta Palmer, DSS Coordinator.
The following supporting documents are useful in determining appropriate accommodations:
- Suggested accommodations for the individual’s disability.
- Reports of successful and unsuccessful accommodations the individual previously received in school, tutoring, and/or employment.
- Test results
- Recommendations for accommodations based upon test results or formal evaluations.
The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student. He/she must be a medical doctor, licensed clinical social worker, or a licensed psychologist. He/she must be qualified to diagnose under the DSM/ICD guidelines and have training and relevant expertise in the specific area of disability in which he/she is providing the diagnosis.
New confidential DSS fax number: 1-800-379-2230
Contact in Valdez: Greta Palmer, 1-907-834-1606 or DSS AT pwscc DOT edu. Local students outside of Valdez can contact the Copper Basin Extension Center at 907.822.3673 or the Cordova Extension Center at 1-907-424-7598 for assistance.