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Focusing on Student Ability

Welcome to Disability Services at Wilkes Community College. We focus on ability and believe in providing an encouraging and empowering environment for all our students.

Emphasizing Equal Access

We’re committed to ensuring equal access to our educational opportunities and want your experience here to be both successful and accessible. This website will provide information to guide you with services and accommodations you may need.

The Disability Services office is located in the Student Success Center in Thompson Hall. The director’s office is in room 252A and the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is in room 254.

Resources available in the Disability Resource Center (DRC) include:

  • Extended test taking time
  • Reduced distraction environment for testing
  • Recorders and Livescribe pens for use in classroom
  • Information and training about assistive technology such as magnification equipment
  • Books in alternative format

Academic Calendar

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Mission Statement

The mission of Disability Services is to ensure equal access to Wilkes Community College classes, programs, facilities, services, and activities to otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities. Wilkes Community College seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The goal of Disability Services is to magnify student ability and enhance disability awareness and understanding among students, faculty, and staff of the college.

We further strive to facilitate a transition of students with disabilities from high school to college to the workplace.

Guidebook

Accommodation Process

  1. Complete the Wilkes Community College Accommodation Form.
  2. Make an appointment to meet with the Director of Disability Services for accommodations of placement tests, orientations, in the classroom, and while testing (call 336-838-6212 or 336-838-6560).  This is an interactive meeting and the student’s input regarding their current limitations is needed in making determinations. This is an important first step in the student’s learning to advocate for t​h​e​m​s​e​l​v​e​s​.​
  3. Bring to the meeting any documents that demonstrate your disability, such as a psycho-educational assessment form from a licensed psychologist for learning disabilities, or a statement from a medical doctor for physical limitations. If these documents are not readily available, we can provide further guidance during your appointment.

Note: Some accommodations take longer than others. Please make your request in writing at least 3 weeks in advance.

Temporary Accommodations

This includes temporary medical conditions such as broken limbs, concussions, and pregnancy.

For pregnancy, please fill out the Pregnancy and Childbirth Accommodation Form

For further guidance on Accommodations, please refer to the Disability Services Guidebook.

Assistive Technology

  • Books in Alternative Format
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Livescribe Pens
  • Magnification Equipment (example: CCTV)
  • Read&Write
  • Voice Recorders
  • ZoomText

Definitions

Service animal: As stated in the American’s Disability Act (ADAAA), a service animal is a dog or miniature horse that performs a task that assists with its handler’s disability. All service animals are permitted to accompany their owners in any space that is open to the public but work solely for their handlers despite being placed in social environments.

Emotional support animal (ESA): An ESA provides a therapeutic benefit for its owner and is prescribed by a licensed clinical professional or health care provider. ESAs are typically cats or dogs but can be any type of animal.

Therapy animal: A therapy animal is trained to provide a therapeutic benefit to individuals other than its handler. They often work in hospitals, schools, or psychotherapy offices. Therapy animals are not allowed on WCC property unless prior approval has been given.

Responsibilities

Owners

If you bring a service animal or ESA to campus, you must comply with the following rules:

  • Animal must be under your control at all times.
  • You must take effective action should your animal stray from behavioral expectations.
  • You are responsible for cleaning up after your animal while on campus.
  • Animal must be clean and well-groomed in order to minimize odor and shedding; if odor or shedding is offensive to others in the classroom, you may be requested to bathe the animal prior to its return to class.
  • Dogs must wear a rabies tag.
  • The owner is financially responsible for damages occurred by the service animal or ESA.
  • ESAs must be registered with the Office of Disability Services before the animal arrives on campus.

WCC Community

Members of the WCC community shall:

  • Only ask two questions: Is the animal required due to a disability? What job or task is the animal trained to perform?
  • Allow a service animal and ESA to accompany the owner at all times and everywhere on campus except where listed in restricted areas
  • Not touch or feed a service animal or ESA
  • Not deliberately startle an animal
  • Not separate or attempt to separate a service animal or ESA from its owner

Restricted Areas

WCC campus may prohibit the use of service animals or ESAs in certain locations due to health or safety restrictions. Such restricted locations include but are not limited to:

  • Food preparation areas
  • Mechanical rooms/custodial closets
  • Wood/metal/machine shops
  • Areas where protective clothing is necessary
  • Other areas where the animal’s presence may constitute a danger, or a fundamental alteration of the program or activity conducted in the area

Access to restricted areas may be granted on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Office of Disability Services.

Removal of Animal

WCC has the authority to remove a service animal or ESA from the campus or facilities if the animal:

  • Becomes unruly or disruptive, unclean and/or unhealthy
  • Has behavior or a condition that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others
  • Causes a fundamental alteration to the college’s services, programs, or activities

If such behavior or condition persists, the owner may be directed not to bring the animal into public campus areas until the problem is rectified.

Conflicting Disabilities

If a student with a conflicting disability comes into contact with a service animal or ESA, Disability Services will consider all facts surrounding the issue and work toward a resolution. Conflicting disabilities may include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
Disability Services

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Renee Macemore
Director of Disability Services
Phone: 336-838-6560
Fax: 336-903-3209
rmmacemore052@wilkescc.edu

For an appointment, contact Renay Billings at 336-838-6212 or rhbillings653@wilkescc.edu.

Hours and Information

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for regular tests and quizzes.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Office hours may be extended to accommodate student needs for specific situations and during final exams.
Call Renay Billings at 336-838-6212 for an appointment.