Disability support services 
The IEL complies with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), which prohibit discrimination solely on the basis of an individual’s disability from any program or service offered by the IEL.  We offer a number of services for students who face physical or developmental challenges related to going to school.  If you have a documented disability, contact disability support services (DSS) to request services or accommodations.
 
Spokane and Newport:  509-279-6037 or 800-845-3324, TTY 509-279-6092 
Colville, Curlew, Inchelium, Ione and Republic:  509-685-2122 or 800-276-8040
Pullman:  509-332-2706 or 888-743-4767 

Frequently asked questions:
What is documentation?
What kind of documentation do I need to receive services?
What services are available?
How do I get services?
Who can see my information? 
 
Other resources:

Logan Magazine 
IEL tutoring 
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Washington State Human Rights Commission 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is documentation?
Documentation consists of diagnostic information from a licensed clinical professional familiar with the history and functional implications of your disability. This information must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional or institution (such as a doctor, psychologist, school or other agency) and describe the disability.       BACK 
 
What kind of documentation do I need in order to receive services?
A physician, psychologist, nurse practitioner, learning disabilities specialist, or rehabilitation or mental health counselor usually provides documentation (as appropriate). Certain disabilities, obvious in nature, may not require documentation. Documentation must be current. Additional information may be necessary from other physicians or allied health care providers, e.g., physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, audiologists, or speech pathologists. Documentation of a disability should include:
• The nature and extent of the disability and date(s) of diagnosis
• How the disability interferes with your ability to learn
• A description of the treatment plan, if any, including medications and side effects
• Suggestions regarding possible accommodations      
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What services are available?
Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis. The focus of accommodations is to provide students with disabilities equal access to educational opportunities. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assistance in completing the admissions process 
• Accommodations for completing financial aid forms
• Counseling, academic advising and referral to services
• Classroom accommodations (e.g., sign language/oral interpreters, note takers, readers, alternate testing, alternative textbooks, etc.)
• Accommodations in the assessment process
• Priority registration (if justified by disability)
• Referral to resources on and off campus
• Use of assistive technologies (adaptive software and computers, scanners, ergonomic equipment, assistive listening equipment, CCTVs, portable keyboards, close captioning, TTYs, voice recognition, etc.)
• Assistance ordering textbooks      
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How do I get services?
Contact your instructor or counselor for help making contact with the appropriate DSS office listed below. Discuss your situation in a confidential interview with a DSS staff member. Furnish the required documentation of your disability to the DSS office. Upon DSS staff review of your documentation, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be determined and implemented with our approval. Remember that certain accommodations, such as alternative format textbooks and sign language interpreters, take time to arrange. Contact the DSS office nearest you: 
Spokane and Newport:  509-279-6037 or 800-845-3324, TTY 509-279-6092 
Colville, Curlew, Inchelium, Ione and Republic:  509-685-2122 or 800-276-8040
Pullman:  509-332-2706 or 888-743-4767      
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Who can see my information?
All student information is kept confidential in a separate file. Only DSS staff have access to it without a signed release from you. Faculty and staff do not have a right to know this information; they only need to know what accommodations are appropriate to your situation.       BACK