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Disability Services

West Georgia Technical College provides equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities. Assistance is available for students with a temporary or permanent physical or psychological disability or with a learning disorder, including attention deficit disorder, acquired brain injury and specific learning disability. To receive the services, a student must provide recent documentation from a qualified healthcare professional (evaluations that clearly indicate that a physical, psychological or learning disorder is present).

For all types of disabilities, certain accommodations are provided in order to offset as much as possible the effect the disability may have on learning, class performance and testing. Based on the student’s documentation and a personal interview, these accommodations are determined and developed on a case-by-case basis by the Disability Services/Special Populations Coordinator. Accommodations may include but are not limited to the following:

  • An individualized Classroom Accommodation Form for instructors, if desired
  • Extended time for class/work projects/tests (extended time is not allowed for course criteria that require time as part of the competency; for example, typing speed of 25 words per minute)
  • Preferred seating in classrooms
  • Permission to use recording devices for classroom lectures
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Magnification software
  • Tutoring

To request reasonable accommodations based on valid documentation or to schedule an appointment to receive additional information, students may contact the Disability Services/Special Populations Coordinator at 770.824.5241 or email disabilityservices@westgatech.edu.

Special Populations

Professional staff members are available to assist special population students as they work toward their educational and professional goals. Special populations include:

  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children
  • Individuals preparing for non-traditional fields
  • Individuals with limited English proficiency
  • Single parents
  • Displaced homemakers

Services include programs that will enhance or improve the academic, technical and employability skills of special population students. For more information please contact the Disability Services/Special Populations Coordinator at 770.824.5241 or specialpopulation@westgatech.edu.

A person with a disability is any person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities including walking, talking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, and working
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such impairments

Some common disabilities are:

  • Hearing and Visual Impairments
  • Orthopedic/Mobility Disorders
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Acquired Brain Injury

A person meets the academic and technical standards required for admission to or participation in a program of study with or without reasonable accommodations.

Some accommodations or services Include:

  • An individualized Classroom Accommodation Form, if desired
  • Extended time for class/work projects/test
  • Preferred seating in classrooms
  • Permission to use audio tapes for classroom lectures
  • Sign language interpreters, readers, or note-takers
  • Magnification software
  • Other assistive technology
  • Referral to agencies serving people with disabilities

West Georgia Technical College offers accommodations and services to assist students with disabilities to achieve their education goals.

Student responsibilities

To establish eligibility, students must request services by contacting the Disability Services/Special Populations Coordinator as soon as they are accepted to ensure timely services.
Student must:

  • Provide appropriate documentation which is no older than three years or normed on adult scales (psychological or cognitive) for the disability.
  • Provide recommendations for classroom accommodations.
  • Present accommodation form and discuss with each instructor appropriate accommodations.

If a student has never been evaluated to establish eligibility for a disability, or is in need of a current evaluation, the  Disability Services/Special Populations Coordinator may refer the student to the appropriate resource agency at the expense of the student, if there is a fee involved.

Grievance Procedures

Please refer to the Student Catalog - Grievance Procedures on page 10 for information.

Requesting Services or for more information:

To request services, please contact: zelma.jones@westgatech.edu

Zelma Jones

Department:
     • Student Affairs
Position:
     • Disability Services/Special Populations Coordinator

Office Location: Murphy Campus - One Stop Resource Center
Office Phone: (770)824-5241
E-mail:zelma.jones@westgatech.edu
Zelma Jones

Confidentiality
Disability documentation is kept confidential between the student and Disability Services Provider.

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