Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)
The Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) Department is the campus office responsible for determining and providing required academic accommodations for students with disabilities. The DSPS program provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experiences as their non-disabled peers.
Disability Groups Served by DSPS
- Physical Disability
- Students with a limitation in locomotion or motor functions.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Students with a total or partial loss of hearing function.
- Blind and Low Vision
- Students with a level of vision that limits the student's ability to access the educational process.
- Learning Disability
- Students with an average to above-average intellectual ability who exhibit one or more deficits in processing.
- Intellectual Disability
- Students exhibiting below average intellectual functioning and potential for measurable achievement.
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
- A verified deficit in brain functioning which results in a total or partial loss of cognitive, communicative, motor, psycho-social and/or sensory-perceptual abilities.
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Students with a persistent deficit in attention and/or hyperactive and impulsive behavior that limits the student's ability to access the educational process.
- Autism Spectrum
- A neuro-developmental disorder that causes limitations in social, academic, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
- Mental Health Disability
- A persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, emotional or mental disorder.
- "Other" Health Conditions and Disabilities
- This category includes all other verifiable disabilities and health-related limitations that adversely affect education performance but do not fall into any of the other categories. Other Challenges include: Conditions having limited strength, vitality, or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems. Some examples are: Epilepsy - Heart conditions - HIV/AIDS - Cancer.
Examples of some of the services available through DSPS that are in addition to those regularly offered by the College include:
- Testing Accommodations
- Assessment for Learning Disabilities (limited and at the discretion of the director)
- Specialized Counseling
- Interpreter Services for hearing-impaired students
- Note-taking Services
- Reader Services
- Transcription Services
- Registration Assistance
- Specialized Instruction
- Adaptive Technology
To get more detailed information about DSPS services or eligibility, contact the DSPS office.
CA Transition Alliance:
A website that includes a wealth of links to resources for students who are transitioning both into and out of college.
AHEAD: Students and Families Resources:
Great resources for information on transitioning
AHEAD now runs the National Center for College Students with Disabilities, which provides great information and also sponsors DREAM, a student group for self-advocacy, mentoring, disability culture, and pride:
Contact Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)
Phone: (530) 938-5297
Toll-free: 1 (888) 397-4339
Fax: (530) 938-5378