Services for Students with Disabilities

BTC provides reasonable accommodations and support services to students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA).  If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resource Services at (608)743-4422 or stop in the Student Success Center, Room 2200.

BTC also provides accommodations for students and guests with disabilities participating in BTC sponsored activities and using BTC facilities. Please contact the Student Services Office at (608)757-7713 or the Information Desk at the Monroe Campus at (608)328-1660 to request an accommodation. Please make requests at least two (2) weeks prior to the event. Requests made with shorter notice will be provided if possible.

Documentation

Students must provide written documentation of a diagnosed disability from a qualifying professional.

It may consist of educational, medical and/or psychological evaluations.  This information is used to provide students with reasonable and appropriate accommodations. It is important to submit documentation as soon as possible to make sure accommodations are provided in a timely manner.

Your records will be handled in a confidential manner as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, ADA, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Services

  • Individual and small group tutoring
  • Testing accommodations (electronically read, scribed, additional time)
  • Alternative media
  • Instructor notes/note takers/note taking aids
  • Coordination with classroom instructors
  • Coordination of support services within
  • BTC and in the community
  • Modification of environment/facilities
  • Registration assistance
  • Interpreting for deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Assessments including: learning style, ability and interest

Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment

  • Visual enlargers (Onyx, Olympia, Zoomtext, Acrobat)
  • Voice Recognition Software (Dragon Naturally Speaking)
  • Screen Readers (JAWS & WindowEyes)
  • SmartPens, MP3 Players, digital recorders, tape recorders
  • Talking Calculators
  • Assistive Listening devices (ConversorPro, Pockettalkers, FM systems)
  • Electronic spelling aids (with and without voice)
  • Adaptive keyboards/input devices
  • Electronic reader (Kurzweil and Read & Write Gold)
  • Ergonomic wrist/arm supports and copy holders

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

Transition Services are available to all interested students with disabilities. Transition staff work with high school and adult students interested in attending BTC.
Students explore career interests and develop a plan of action to achieve their educational or vocational goals. Links to vocational and community resources are established to increase success at school, on the job, and at home. Testing accommodations are also available.



Transition Activities
Developing a transition plan outlines the steps that lead to a successful transition from the high school or community into Blackhawk Technical College. Students benefit from participating in many activities.

Career Exploration
Explore career options with interest assessments or one-on-one advisement.

Tour
Learn about the BTC campus and disability services by visiting our facilities.

Tech Exploration Days
Tour the campus; talk with advisors about specific programs, admissions, financial aid information; and discover what BTC has to offer.

Transition Plan
Develop a transition plan.

Application Process
Apply early, complete Admissions testing, and fill out a financial aid application.

Register for Classes
Meet with an advisor and Disabilities Services Staff.

Study Skills Workshop
Attend a study skills workshop to improve time-management, self-advocacy, and notetaking skills.