At College of Western Idaho (CWI), staff and faculty collaborate to provide resources to support individuals with disabilities. CWI advocates equal academic opportunities to students with disabilities based on the principles of independent living, accessible universal design, and diversity. Our Disabilities Services Office plays an integral role in fulfilling this commitment by coordinating effective academic access support services and collaborating with students, faculty, staff and community to create diverse and inclusive learning environments which are accessible to all.
Take the COMPASS Test at one of CWI’s Assessment Centers. There are 3 tests: reading, writing and math. If you will need accommodations for the placement tests, contact Disability Resources at least 2-4 weeks prior to scheduling your tests.
Contact Heather Grayson to complete a request for Disability Resources, and documentation of a disability.
Once your application and documentation has been received for review, you must schedule an intake appointment with an advisor to discuss your accommodation needs. Appointments may be scheduled through a One Stop Student Services Office.
Determining Eligibility for Accommodations
At the college level, students must take the initiative to contact Disability Student Services and request academic accommodations. The student must provide Disability Student Services with written documentation of a disability from a diagnosing licensed professional. Generally, this documentation must have been produced within the last three years of submitting a request for academic accommodations. IEP’s and 504 plans in and of themselves are not sufficient information.
Under state and federal law, individuals are eligible to receive academic adjustments on the basis of disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Where the educational or other functional limitations related to the student’s disability prevents equal access to an academic program, reasonable academic accommodations or adjustments will be provided to the student.
The Disability Services Coordinator, in consultation with the student and other CWI staff as needed, determines DSS program service eligibility and, if deemed qualified as a student with a disability, an accommodations service plan will be formulated to mitigate the effect of the disability and enable participation as provided to others.