Disabilities and Accommodations Policy
Students with Disabilities
WITS adheres to the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). WITS provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students who disclose and verify disability. Students who wish to discuss reasonable accommodations for verifiable disabilities are responsible for identifying themselves to the WITS Menaheles or Academic Dean and providing the required Verification of Disability documents.
To receive reasonable accommodations, students are required to provide diagnostic documentation from a licensed clinical professional familiar with the history and functional implications of the impairments. Disability documentation must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques and must clearly substantiate the need for all the student’s specific accommodation requests.
All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional describing the disability. The report should be dated, signed by the professional (not the student) and include the name, title, contact information, email address and professional credentials of the evaluator. This information will not be accepted if it is completed and/or signed by the student.
The following is a list of information that should be included when applicable:
Name of student(patient)
Diagnostic statement identifying the disability
Description of current functional limitations
Expected progression or stability of the disability
Medication prescribed, including possible side effects
If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, WITS has the discretion to require additional documentation. A diagnosis or test performed by a member of the student’s family is not acceptable documentation. Additionally, students requesting accommodations for the manifestations of multiple disabilities must provide evidence of all such conditions. Please submit all Verification of Disability documents to the office.
The building and classrooms are handicap accessible.