Disability Resource Center
Frequently Asked Questions
What is DSPS?
The Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) program provides support services and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can have full and equitable access to the community college experience. An Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) is developed for each student served by DSPS. The AAP defines the student’s educational goals and outlines the support services and academic accommodations to be provided to address the student’s specific disability-related educational needs.
How do I qualify for DSPS Services?
Students with verifiable disabilities are eligible for special accommodations. The disability must be verified by credentialed, certified, or licensed professional. A DSPS Counselor can work with students to determine eligibility. Schedule an appointment by coming to room 1615 or calling 925.424.1510.
What should I bring to my first DSPS appointment?
Prospective students should bring any qualifying document such as a letter from a doctor, a 504 plan from high school, or a previous IEP. These documents will help the DSPS counselor create an accommodation plan and educational plan with you.
Who should come to my DSPS appointment?
For many students, parental/guardian participation was expected during high school IEP or SST meetings. Students 18-years or older do not have to bring parents to DSPS meetings. One of the goals of our program is to provide students with the skills, resources, and tools that will help them learn to advocate for themselves. DSPS student information is confidential and will be protected. The program and the college will not release any information to anyone without your written permission.
What basic services are offered by DSPS?
Support services include priority registration, academic, career and disability related counseling, new student orientation, interpreters, real-time captioning, note takers, test-taking facilitation, and community referrals.
What is the Disability Resource Center?
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) offers support services for students with physical, communication, learning, and psychological disabilities. Located in 1615, the DRC provides a comfortable place for students to study, use adaptive equipment, and take tests and quizzes in a quiet, distraction-free environment.
How do I notify my professors about my accommodations?
DSPS counselors will provide each student with a signed Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) that can be shared with professors. The AAP will state the accommodation that is needed to help you participate fully in the course. Your counselor along with any DSPS staff member can provide you with this plan per your request (with appropriate student identification).
*Additional testing hours are available by request