Disability Support Services (DSS) works to ensure students who experience disability have an equal opportunity to participate in educational and co-curricular offerings. We do this by facilitating the Accommodation Process through an individualized, student-centered approach.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology is committed to providing full support services to all students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Amendments of 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and state of Washington Laws of 1994, Chapter 105.
The transition to college can be especially challenging for adults with disabilities. We are here to support you. DSS provides a wide variety of services to help your education from being hindered by physical, sensory or psychological barriers.
We are committed to respecting the privacy and dignity of all our students with disabilities and empowering you with the tools you need for academic success. Our services are free to students who qualify under the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Amendments of 2008, and state of Washington Laws of 1994, Chapter 105.
Priority Registration (1 day prior to general student population)
If you are interested in requesting disability accommodations at LWTech, you are encouraged to follow the steps on this webpage listed under "Get Started." First, complete the online DSS application. Second, submit medical documentation. Third, make an appointment for an intake appointment with a DSS staff member. Accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange so scheduling an appointment as soon as possible is advised.
If you need additional support, please email us or call (425) 739-8300.
Take the steps to register with LWTech DSS. If you have any questions about this process or need assistance completing any of the steps, please call us at (425) 739-8300.
For accommodations, new students should fill out the DSS Accessible Learning Online Student Application.
All documentation must adhere to the Medical Documentation Guidelines. Documentation can be submitted via one of the steps below:
Call (425) 739-8300 to set up your first appointment.
Students must meet with a DSS staff to determine eligibility for accommodations.
Students seeking disability accommodations from LWTech's Disability Support Services must submit appropriate documentation.
We are often asked about resources for students who believe they have Learning Disabilities and ADHD. LWTech does not offer diagnostic services. The following resources may have information that is helpful.
The college campus has a general “no pets” policy. However Service Animals are allowed to accompany their handlers while on campus.
As defined by the ADA, a service animal has been trained to perform an active task that mitigates or partially mitigates the impact of the person’s disability. The service animal is an access need.
Generally, only trained service animals are allowed on campus.
The State of WA does not have special licensing requirements and the service animal does not have to wear a form of identification/clothing/uniform. As a public agency, service animals can be in public areas (regardless of Disability Support Services registration or not).
If a Service Animal’s role is not apparent by observation you may be asked the following (allowed) questions:
You can refer the other student to the DSS office to provide medical documentation of the phobia or allergy and we will engage in the interactive process to determine a reasonable accommodation.
Students who have already gone through the DSS intake process and been provided accommodations by LWTech may find the following resources helpful. These directions and resources will not apply to students who have not yet followed the "Get Started" steps listed above for DSS Services.
To see a list of your approved accommodations, follow the directions below:
Students must request disability accommodations quarterly for each course they wish to receive accommodations for. Please note that accommodations are not provided retroactively, so it is important that you submit your request as early as possible each quarter. This process is typically available 2-3 weeks prior to the following quarter start.
Alternative Testing is a group of academic accommodations approved by DSS for students who are eligible.
The two most common testing accommodations are:
Two business days before test/quiz.
Many DSS students qualify to use equipment that they can check out for free from the DSS office. Some examples of equipment are: Lumbar chairs, digital recorders, Livescribe Pens, and other assistive technology.
DSS students checking out equipment must pick up these items at the DSS office in West Building, W207. You can use Online Services to see what equipment you have checked out along with the due date.
Equipment instructions for Song MP3 IC and 2C Recorders as well as Livescribe Sky Wifi or Livescribe 3 Smartpen's can be found on our Equipment webpage.
Students with an accommodation of alternative media (Audio, PDF, DOC) for textbooks and class materials should follow the directions below:
SensusAccess is an online document conversion system that transforms text and image-based file types into different formats. Students, staff and faculty can upload files through a web interface (below) and select from a variety of output options, including audio, Braille, or e-text formats. The service can convert text files into alternate format types as well as convert image-based files into text formatted files.
Free voice to text resource
Free text to speech software
Students who qualify for notetaking services can follow the directions below after they have requested their quarterly accommodations to see if a notetaker has been assigned.
Free voice to text resource
A current or former student can request a letter verifying they received accommodations while taking classes at LWTech. Please fill out the Request for Disability Support Services Accomodation Information form after reading the form in its entirety.
The verification letter will be sent as an email to the student.
LWTech is committed to providing an equal opportunity environment for all students. If you are experiencing difficulty with accessing or receiving accommodations or believe you have or may be experiencing mistreatment or discrimination based on your disability, you can utilize the resources below:
Mony Loeum, M.Ed.
Director of Advising & Disability Support Services
West Building, W207
THE WASHINGTON STATE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (WSHRC) is the state agency responsible for administering the Washington Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60); they serve as a neutral, fact-finding agency to investigate and resolve complaints of discriminatory practices. You can contact the WSHRC at (800) 233-3247 (toll-free voice), (206) 464-6500 (voice) or (206) 587-5168 (TTY). For more information, visit their website at: hum.wa.gov.
THE OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is the enforcement agency far Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. OCR will examine the factors of the alleged discrimination and interview appropriate persons to establish the facts, determine if discrimination has taken place and resolve the complaint. When a student is not satisfied with the on-campus efforts to resolve a complaint, OCR is a place to turn.
You can contact the Washington State office at (206) 607-1600 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY), or OCR.Seattle@ed.gov (email). For more information about the ED OCR, go to their website: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr .
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is committed to providing access to information for all, therefore we are taking the following measures to ensure accessibility of the college’s public facing website (LWTech.edu), and third-party platforms utilized by students, staff, and community members.
The college is currently conducting an audit to determine the extent to which its website and third-party platforms are compliant.