Disability Resource Services

Confidential, Respectful and Safe

The Disability Resource Services Office provide physical and programmatic access to students with disabilities in a confidential, respectful, and safe environment. Disability Resource Service offers assistance to individuals with disabilities when choosing educational and vocational goals, building self-esteem, and increasing their potential. A wide range of support services and accommodations are offered which increases the potential of individuals with exceptional education needs to complete their academic goals successfully.

Approximately 10-15% of the population at Renton Technical College is comprised of individuals with exceptional educational needs that require Disability Resource Services. Renton Technical College Disability Resource Services Office serves about 160 students per year.

For general inquiries and information about Disability Resource Services at Renton Technical College, email drs@rtc.edu.


Students seeking accommodations with documented disabilities should make an appointment with the Disability Resource Services Office and provide their documentation at least six weeks prior to starting a program or taking a class at Renton Technical College. Students can visit the Counseling and Advising Suite in Building I to make an appointment, or call (425)-235-5840 to make an appointment. An initial intake appointment is required to discuss specific accommodation requests.

Once the Disability Resource Service Office has reviewed the documentation, the certifying official and student will engage in a negotiate process to determine what, if any, reasonable, appropriate accommodations will be provided by the college to ensure equal access for each specific class that student is taking. The Disability Resource Service Office then partners with each specific instructor and the student to coordinate the delivery of the approved accommodations.

Because each class has specific core competencies, a student must make a formal request of accommodations to the Disability Resource Services Office each quarter of attendance. That request should be made after the student has registered for classes, but before classes begin.


Renton Technical College complies with all federal laws related to disability access and does not discriminate in service.  Disability Resource Services Office identifies and coordinates accommodations for students with a documented, permanent or temporary, physical, learning, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disability.

Links & Resources

The links below provide helpful information about different issues involved with Disability Resource Services.

The Washington State DVR is committed to helping individuals with disabilities participate fully in their communities. This site focuses on the menu of services, which includes assistance in becoming employed.

These sites provide resources, services, and news for people with visual impairments:

The following site, Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities:

The following sites provide information about services, programs, and assistive technology for people with hearing and other related impairments. These also provide links to the community of hearing impaired persons:

The following site provides resources and services for people with mental health issues:

This site promotes and provides service and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attention disabilities.

The following site (WATAP) works collaboratively with the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies, other community resources and AT providers to develop integrated training and educational courses that address AT issues. Examples include web accessibility, selecting assistive technology, training on specific technologies, funding sources and strategies, and legal issues.

The Fund provides low-interest loans and other financing services to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live independently and to succeed at school, at work, at play and in the community.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services provide a host of services and resources. These services include resources to assist with job acquisition through education, assisted living options, and medical assistance, and community protection.

The Washington State DDD assists people with more profound impairments to become involved members in their communities. DDD is successful if its clients are experiencing respect and have choices in their lives and service options.


Disability Resource Services