Disability Services

Student Disability Services


Edward Waters College strives to provide quality services to students with physical, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. The EWC Counseling Center strives to provide information about student’s legal rights and responsibilities so that they can make informed decisions; and to foster a sense of empowerment so that they can engage in critical thinking and self-determination.


Who is eligible for disability services?

Any enrolled EWC student with a limitation that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, learning and performing manual tasks, is eligible for free and confidential disability accommodations. Students requesting services and accommodations are encouraged to register by submitting an application and disability documentation provided by a licensed/certified professional. Please note accommodations are available for students with temporary illnesses and  medically necessary requests for pregnancy-related conditions.


Where do students register for disability services or accommodations?

The Edward Waters College Counseling Center is the office responsible for determining eligibility and appropriate reasonable accommodations for EWC students with disabilities. We assist the College in fulfilling its legal responsibilities mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These laws require institutions to provide equal access to facilities and educational programs for qualified students with disabilities. The student is responsible for being a self-advocate and registering for accommodation with the Counseling Center.


What is the process for a student to register for disability services?

A student is eligible for accommodations if he/she is a person with a disability (to include temporary disability), has identified themselves to the Counseling Center, and has presented disability documentation provided by a licensed/certified professional to the college as required by the Counseling Center based on documentation guidelines.

Upon approval for accommodations, the student will be contacted for an intake interview. The student is responsible for delivery of letters to faculty/staff.  Students can request an email copy be sent on their behalf.


ADA Syllabus Statement

A student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans Disability Act (ADA) and requires accommodations; he/she should contact the Counseling Center for information on appropriate policies and procedures.  Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders.  Students can contact the Counseling Center staff if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies.

Types of Accommodations (not limited to):

  • Extended test time at 1x or 2x
  • Note taker
  • Minimal distraction environment
  • Preferential seating
  • Reader or scribe
  • Early notification of assignments
  • Hearing modifications
  • Visual modifications



Student Disability Application

EWC Disability Q&A for Faculty

EWC Service and Assistance Animal Policy 17

Guidelines for Professionals Completing Documentation for Disabilities

Guidelines for Professionals Completing Documentation for Learning Disabilities (LD)

Guidelines for Professionals Completing Documentation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)