West Georgia Technical College provides equal educational opportunities to qualified prospective and current students with special needs. Assistance is available for individuals who present with a temporary or permanent physical or psychological disability or with a learning disorder; including attention deficit disorder, acquired brain injury or autism. To receive services, an individual must provide recent documentation from a qualified professional which is compliant with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) documentation requirements for special services and classroom accommodations. Documentation must clearly indicate the presence of a physical, psychological or learning disorder with a listing of recommended accommodations.
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
A person must meet the academic and technical standards required for admission to participate in a program of study with or without reasonable accommodations.
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. Depending on the student’s documentation and a personal interview, these accommodations are determined and developed on a case-by-case basis by the Accessibility Services/Special Populations Coordinator.
Sign language interpretive services are offered via remote interpreting. Other forms of interpretive services are offered on a case-by-case basis.
To establish eligibility, a prospective or current student must request services by contacting the Accessibility Services/Special Populations Coordinator to ensure timely services.
- Provide appropriate documentation based on criteria set forth by TCSG. Request for these requirements can be forwarded to the Accessibility Services/Special Populations Coordinator.
- Generally, an IEP and 504 plan is not sufficient for college courses. Services are implemented temporarily for one semester, if approved for services.
- Provide recommendations for classroom accommodations.
- Presenting the approved classroom accommodation form to each of their instructors.
Please allow 7 business days for the scheduling of the initial intake interview and 7 business days to arrange a sign language interpreter.
If a student has never been evaluated to establish eligibility for a disability, or is in need of a current evaluation, the Accessibility Services/Special Populations Coordinator may refer the student to the appropriate resource agency at the expense of the student.