What we do
The primary focus of the Disability Support Services (DSS) office is to assure nondiscrimination on the basis of disability. Through DSS, qualified persons with disabilities can address their concerns regarding attitudinal or procedural barriers encountered, as well as any need for academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids to assure equal access. We will provide information and auxiliary aids or services, serving as a resource to the campus community while striving to make Bates Technical College both an accessible and hospitable place for persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal participation.
We work with individuals who have physical, learning and/or mental disabilities, are academically or economically disadvantaged, limited English speaking, single parents, ex-offenders, displaced homemakers, and gender equality programs.
It is the student’s responsibility to identify him or herself as having a documented disability and seek assistance from the Disability Support Services office. Bates Technical College recognizes that traditional methods, programs, and services may need to be altered to assure full accessibility to qualified persons with disabilities.
A qualified student is one who:
- Has a physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more of her or his major life activities. Major life activity is defined as the ability to perform functions such as self-care, manual test taking, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working, and is either permanent or temporary;
- Has a record of such an impairment or;
- Is perceived to have such an impairment, or a student who has an abnormal condition that is medically cognizable or diagnosable.
How to obtain services
We are committed to helping you succeed. In order to receive and retain reasonable accommodations, you must:
- Make an appointment with the Disability Support Services office at 253.680.7013 (v), Relay Services (711);
- Bring formal written documentation of your disability to the first meeting with the Disability Support Services office. Documentation must be from a licensed professional;
- Request the accommodations you desire;
- Request services early for timely accommodations (preferably six weeks before starting classes).
- When your eligibility is established, it is your responsibility to present the Letter of Accommodation to all instructors at the beginning of each quarter. Discuss your accommodations with your instructor at the beginning of your class or program to ensure successful program completion.
Reasonable Accommodations Policy for Students with Disabilities Under 504-ADA
On the basis of disability, no student will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any college program or activity. Bates is committed to providing qualified students with equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs and activities in an integrated setting appropriate to the student’s needs, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and state laws of 1994, chapter 105.
Information regarding a student’s disability is considered confidential. Information will not be released to anyone outside of the college without the written permission of the student. Information may be shared within the college with appropriate faculty and staff to facilitate services and reasonable accommodations.
Accommodations are made on an individual basis. Services and reasonable accommodations available include admission assistance, accessible facilities, alternate testing, alternative media, disability parking, ASL interpreters, mobility assistance, note taking, reading services, scribes, specialized equipment and audiotaping services. Adaptive equipment available for immediate use includes:
- Assistive listening and visual devices
- Ergonomic, Dvorak and BAT keyboards
- Ergonomic chairs, tables and foot rests
- Screen reader, and scan and read software
- Voice recognition software
Students who wish to obtain support and services should contact the Disability Support Services Office as early as possible so that individual needs can be determined and timely accommodations made. All documentation provided to Disability Support Services is secured and considered confidential. The specific disability is not disclosed to anyone without the written permission of the student. Any student with a documented disability qualifies for accommodations.
Students are expected to attend all of their scheduled classes. It is the instructor who determines the number of absences that are allowed in his or her class. If a student with a disability has an absence from class due to a disability-related circumstance, he or she should contact the DSS Office. Documentation must support the disability-related circumstance. The absence does not excuse the student from the obligation of any assignments, homework, tests/exams, and obtaining material missed during the absence. Students are responsible for contacting their instructor.
Disabled students who have grievances with Bates Technical College staff or faculty regarding disability-related issues should consider contacting the Disability Support Services Coordinator to obtain a copy of the Grievance Procedure.
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Bates is accessible to students with a physical disability through the Pierce Transit shuttle service.
Course Substitutions, Waivers
Bates does not substitute courses or waive course requirements which will alter essential program requirements. The college considers requests for course substitutions or waivers according to procedures outlined in the Policies and Procedures Regarding Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Under 504-ADA. Further information is located in the Disability Support Services office.
Disability Language Style Guide
The style guide is intended for journalists, communication professionals and members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. The guide covers general terms and words on physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, mental and cognitive disabilities and seizure disorders. Entries are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the index to the left to jump to entries that begin with that letter.Each entry includes a definition of the word or term, a summary of how it is used or viewed by disability groups and guidance, when available, from The Associated Press Stylebook. Finally, each entry includes the NCDJ recommendation, which strives for accuracy and aims to strike a balance between clarity and sensitivity.