The Accessibility Services Office at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is committed to equal educational opportunities for all qualified students. There are certain legal entitlements extended to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These federal laws are designed to remove barriers to "equal participation". Specifically they prohibit discrimination on the basis of a handicap and mandate "reasonable accommodations" for students with learning disabilities; ADHD; traumatic brain injury; seizure disorders; and other mental, cognitive or physical impairments.
A student with a disability is any student who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she has a disability, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
Examples of disabilities that could limit a major life activity are not limited to but may include:
- Learning Disabilities
- Psychiatric Disorders
- Brain Injuries
- Severe Orthopedic Injuries
- ADD or ADHD
- Speech Impairments
- Visual Impairments
- Cerebral Palsy
- HIV/AIDS or Other Chronic Illness
All accommodations provided by the Accessibility Services Office are based upon each students individual disability and current needs. All accommodations will be determined after a review of the official documentation of the disability and a one-on-one consultation between the student and the Manager of Accessibility Services. Accommodations are not retroactive.