Students with Disabilities | Waukesha County Technical College

Students with Disabilities

Recognizing the vocational, career and learning needs of each student, WCTC’s Student Accessibility Office is committed to providing a range of services to students with disabilities. Services include:

  • Academic support information and referral
  • Accommodations
  • Disability case management
  • Sign language interpreting
  • Transition services

We work closely with program counselors, faculty, advisors, mentors and other WCTC staff to help you address your needs while keeping your disability information confidential (unless we have your written permission).

Whom We Serve

We coordinate services for students with many types of disabilities, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, psychological disability, physical disability, deaf and hard of hearing, visual disability and functional limitations due to medical conditions.

Disability Documentation

To be eligible for services, you must provide supportive documentation regarding the nature and scope of your disability (academic, medical and/or psychological evaluations, individual education plans and summary of performance, etc.). Please fill out the most appropriate form:

If you have questions, contact the Student Accessibility Office.

Reasonable Accommodation Process

If you have a documented disability, you should meet with the transition/retention specialist or the director of student accessibility to discuss your accommodation needs. Please note: It may take up to a semester to plan for some auxiliary aids, depending on the type requested.

Assistive Technology

WCTC offers many forms of assistive technology including, but not limited to:

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • E-texts
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • iPads and mobile learning apps
  • High speed document scanners
  • Adaptive furniture, keyboards and mice
  • Livescribe Smart Pens

For the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The Student Accessibility Office coordinates services to meet the needs of the diverse population of deaf/hard of hearing learners. Our interpreting staff works closely with the disability specialist, advisors, counselors, faculty and staff to help you achieve academic success with full access to communication on campus.

Resources include:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters
  • Note taking
  • Preferential seating
  • Closed-captioned media
  • C-Print, CART
  • Extended test-taking time
  • Testing outside the classroom

If you need a sign language interpreting service, please contact Sarah Malewicki or videophone 262.225.3651.

Grant Opportunity

Students with a severe to profound hearing or visual loss who demonstrate financial need may qualify for the Wisconsin Hearing/Visually Handicapped Program Grant. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 262.691.5436.

Transition Services Aid in Bridging Gaps

If you’re a current high school student or recent high school graduate, we can help you explore education and training options at WCTC. Services include assistance with:

  • Campus tours
  • Completion of the application process
  • Individual/group presentation
  • Career planning
  • Registration
  • Setting up academic support services
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Classroom accommodations

Transition Specialist

  • Phone: 262.691.5210 or 262.691.5281
  • Wis Relay: State Relay System: 711
  • Fax: 262.691.5089

Academic Support

The teachers in WCTC’s Academic Support Centers are certified and experienced in working with a range of disabilities. Learning is organized in small-group settings using tests and resources from the specific course.

Academic Counseling/Case Management

WCTC offers counseling and case management services to help with program selection, accommodations and ongoing support for students with disabilities.

The following staff facilitate transition services for high school students or recent graduates:

If you’ve been out of high school for three or more years, the case manager for Students with Disabilities can assist you with the pre-admission process, program enrollment and program completion. The case manager can also provide information about WCTC and its programs, help you access support services and secure reasonable accommodations.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

WCTC will not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission, access or treatment of students in its programs or activities. WCTC will provide reasonable accommodations to assist students with disabilities.

Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer/Educator

Special accommodations are available if necessary. Please contact WCTC 72 hours before an event to make special arrangements.