You Must Have a Documented Disability

You must have substantial, as distinct from minor, impairments that limit major life activities such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for yourself, and working.

You Must Apply in the DSPS Office for Services

You may request services or may be referred by instructors, outside agencies, other educational institutions or other appropriate professionals.

Procedures

You Must Meet the Following Criteria

To be recommended for DSPS support services and/or special instruction, you must demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Potential to benefit from instruction in a group setting
  • Ability to do simple work independently with some cues/ assistance
  • Ability to follow directions and to attend to learning tasks for a reasonable period of time
  • Adequate attention span to profit from an hour of continuous instruction in a setting with distractions
  • Sufficient language comprehension skills to benefit from the education program
  • Ability to perform meaningful classroom activities, using some form of both receptive and expressive language
  • Behavior and emotional responses which are usually appropriate to the situation
  • Sufficient independent living skills to allow on-campus function, unless routinely accompanied by a personal assistant to perform necessary activities of daily living functions

Repeated absences, misuse of services, lack of measurable progress toward the goals identified in the Student Education Contract and/or inappropriate behavior as identified in the Student Code of Conduct may result in termination of services and/or instruction from DSPS.

Student Responsibilities

Students receiving services from DSPS must:

  • Be responsible in their use of Disabled Student Services equipment and adhere to the written services policies adopted by DSPS.
  • Comply with the Student Code of Conduct and all other applicable statues and regulations adopted by the college
  • Make measurable progress toward the goals established in the Student Educational Contract (SEC) as determined by the College Progress Policy

College Self-Advocacy

You need to:

  • Take control of your life and develop independence.
  • Understand your abilities and disabilities, and be aware of the accommodations you will need.
  • Learn to be your own advocate by expressing your needs clearly to the DSPS staff, and to your instructors early in the semester.
  • Take advantage of classes that offer instruction in basic skills, study skills, time management, stress reduction, and career planning.
  • Arrange for needed accommodations such as: books on tape, e-text, tape recorders, adaptive listening devices, interpreting, and note takers.
  • Use a calendar to record all appointments, test dates, and assignment due dates.
  • Plan a reasonable school, study and work schedule.
  • Sit near the front of the room to help eliminate distractions.
  • Go to all classes, be on time, take notes, and participate.
  • Plan on spending two to three hours of studying for every hour in class.
  • Organize long-term projects in a step by step fashion.
  • Request permission to use test taking accommodations.
  • Balance your schedule by allowing time for rest and recreation.