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Disability Types

A disability is an impairment (permanent or temporary) that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The major categories of disabilities that the department provides services for include, but are not limited to:

Cognitive Impairment: Information processing issues that are often described as specific LD (learning disabilities) or secondary effects associated with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders).

Visual Impairment: Legally blind (low vision) to no light perception (totally blind); an inability to access printed information without the use of assistive technology or auxiliary aides.

Hearing Impairment: An inability to understand spoken language with or without an assistive listening device or the use of manual communication (sign language/cued speech transliteration).

Physical/Mobility Impairment: Limited, restricted, or effective use of one or more body parts, due to paralysis, loss of limb(s) or arthritis, which may require the use of aids/appliances for independent movement in specific activities.

Traumatic Brain Injury: An acquired injury to the brain that manifests limitation in any of the above categories as well as cognitive impairments.

Chronic Medical Condition: A variety of medical conditions that may restrict a student's full participation in all activities of the College. These conditions include but are not limited to:
  • hematological: hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, acquired immune deficiency
  • respiratory: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis
  • cardio-vascular diseases
  • neurological: seizure disorders, tourettes, migraines
Psychological/Psychiatric: Conditions (other than learning disabilities, ADD, and ADHD) having a diagnosis under DSM-IV. These conditions include but are not limited to:
  • depression
  • bipolar
  • schizophrenia
Centralia College is obligated to assure that programs and facilities of the College are accessible to students with disabilities. The Center for Disability Services works with students to provide services and accommodations that ensure students with disabilities have equal access. These services and accommodations are designed to meet the individual needs of the students and are provided at no charge.

If you have a disability/chronic medical condition, we encourage you to complete the Request for Services Form (pdf) and return it directly to the Center for Disability Services. Upon receipt of this form, we will request that you provide documentation from your primary care physician or other professional care provider about the disability and the functional limitation(s) it imposes on you while you are enrolled at Centralia College. This documentation will be held in confidence and be used to determine whether you need reasonable accommodations.

Contact Center for Disability Services:

Student Center Building, Counseling Center
(360) 736-9391, ext. 320
From Olympia:
753-3433, ext. 320

Hearing Impaired:
7-1-1 or 800-833-6388
www.washingtonrelay.com