Personal, academic, vocational and disability management counseling are available with a DSPS counselor:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday
Walk-ins are limited to time available
All students with disabilities who require the coordination of support services for
effective classroom participation should register through the DSPS Office. Priority
Registration for students with disabilities begins the first day of registration for
the up-coming semester.
Note: Students needing registration assistance may make an appointment with the appropriate DSPS counselor.
Reader services may be provided through DSPS and/or the Department of Rehabilitation to students with visual impairments or learning disabilities in the following situations:
- Accommodated testing
- In-class reading assignments
Students needing reader services must contact the appropriate DSPS counselor to make arrangements. Reader services outside the classroom will be provided by the Department of Rehabilitation for their clients.
Mobility assistance is provided to enable classroom access. DSPS does not provide personal attendant care. Students needing mobility assistance must contact the appropriate DSPS counselor to make arrangements.
Scribes (writers) for accommodated testing are provided for those students whose ability to write is restricted. Students needing a scribe must contact the appropriate DSPS counselor to make arrangements.
Note-taking services are provided for those students whose disability limits their ability to take effective classroom notes. A DSPS counselor must approve a student's eligibility for this service based on the limitations of the specific disability. Students seeking note taking services should:
- Contact the DSPS office for approval to receive note taking services
- After approval, students can make a request for a note taker in class, ask the instructor to make the request, or ask a fellow student
- The student takes the identified note taker to the DSPS office for registration and instructions
Note: Having a note taker is not a substitute for attending class
Interpreters will be provided through the DSPS office for students who are hearing impaired. Not all hearing-impaired students choose Interpreter Services as a mode of communication. For those students, alternative communicative services are provided in consultation with the students. Students needing Interpreter Services should contact the DSPS office, and complete the registration process at least one month prior to the beginning of classes.
The DSPS counselor will make every reasonable effort to provide competent interpreters. Due to a severe shortage of interpreters, services may not always be available at the time requested. Student options include: 1) Choosing to take another section of the class when an Interpreter is available, or 2) Choosing to take the class with a note taker and tutor, but without an Interpreter.
The following procedures will be followed:
- Interpreters will wait only 15 minutes for the student
- If the Interpreter does not arrive at the agreed upon time, the student should contact the DSPS office
- When the student is unable to attend class, notification should be made to the DSPS office immediately for cancellation of interpreter services
Accumulation of three unreported absences during one semester could put the continuance of interpreter services at risk.
Tutorial assistance is available to all students through the Learning Resource Center in the Tutoring Center. However, the student with special learning needs may receive individualized tutoring coordinated through the DSPS office and Tutoring Center. Students with disabilities seeking individualized tutorial services must begin by contacting the appropriate DSPS counselor to determine eligibility. The number of tutor sessions is individually based on disability related needs.
Requests for materials in alternative format will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students in need of text in large print, various e-text formats or books on tape must request this accommodation, specifying the desired format. Students must own a copy of the textbook for all e-text or e-text conversions. Allow a minimum of three weeks for alternative media.
The DSPS office maintains the integrity of the test-taking environment for students in need of physical assistance, a distraction-free environment, a test reader, or extended time when taking tests.
The student must:
- See the appropriate DSPS counselor to determine eligibility and arrangement
- Make arrangements with the DSPS office for each test to be accommodated.
- The student must provide as much advance notice as possible. Accommodations may not be made on the same day requested.
- Obtain a Test Proctor Form from DSPS office and give to instructor. The instructor specifies the kind of test (open book, Scantron, etc.), and how the test is to be returned (FAX, instructor pick-up, or staff delivery). The instructor delivers the Test Proctor Form with the test to the DSPS office.
Specialized equipment supports the student with a disability in the regular classroom. At Crafton, no equipment is personalized, but is generally available to any qualified student with a disability as determined by the DSPS counselor and the student. Equipment is loaned on a semester basis, to be returned by the last day of finals. Equipment that has not been appropriately returned will result in a "hold" being placed on the student's grades, on financial aid payments and on all other records. This "hold" would also bar the student from the registration process or graduation ceremonies. Students must be trained to use specialized equipment before it will be loaned out. Available equipment available includes digital recorders and Adaptive Listening Devices (ALD).
Learning Disabilities Services
Students with learning disabilities are required to complete the assessment process as defined by Title V. Since the availability of testing time is limited, it is important that students plan ahead by at least one semester. Students may be prioritized for testing as follows: Full time students / Part time students
Eligible students with learning disabilities are provided services including:
- Use of calculator when mathematical disability is severe
- Use of a dictionary/spell checker for essay exams
- Specialized tutoring
- Digital recording of lectures
- High Tech Center resources
- Books on e-text
- Accommodations for exams
Crafton has a computer lab where students with verified disabilities can learn to access the latest adapted hardware and software technologies. These technologies allow students to increase productivity, work independently, and foster academic success in their regular college curriculum. Available equipment includes:
JAWS is a comprehensive screen reading program that helps low-vision or blind users complete tasks such as browsing the web, sending and reading email, utilizing spreadsheets, and accessing databases.
Kurzweil 1000 is scanning/reading software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to students with visual impairments. The application turns text into synthesized speech and does much more.
Download Kurzweil 3000 for free (Windows)
ZoomText is a program that magnifies the computer screen for students with low vision. This program also has the ability to speak to the user as he or she works.
To get started, hit ‘record’ and highlight key moments as you listen with the software’s pioneering speech-visualization technology. Build powerful resources by adding slides, diagrams and text notes right alongside your recording.
Sonocent Audio Notetaker is free for qualifying DSPS students. A free, 30-day trial is also available to all students and faculty.
Learning Ally's accessible educational resources help struggling readers with learning disabilities like dyslexia or visual impairments to achieve their personal best.
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition program that makes it possible to write text and to control most application and workstation functions with your voice.
- Helps students get started with writing research papers.
- Includes a dictionary and picture dictionary.
- includes a Vocabulary List Builder, Verb Checker, and Sounds like/Confusable words; e.g., write and right.
- Includes Fact Folder, which keeps the facts you have found while researching and creates a document you can save.
- Includes Fact Mapper, which is great for brainstorming and organizing your paper.
- Assists with proof reading papers.
- Reads aloud your papers, PDF’s, websites and anything on your computer screen.
Liaison and Referral to Resources On and Off Campus
The DSPS Office maintains liaison and referral services to the following:
- State Department of Rehabilitation
- Braille Institute
- Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
- DSPS Services at:
- California community colleges
- California State Universities & Colleges
- Private colleges & universities
Guidelines for Provision of Services
You must apply for services, provide documentation and meet with a DSPS counselor to determine appropriate services. Accommodations are to serve as the bridge between the limitations of the disability and the curricula and services of the college. A completed Test Proctor Form outlining the accommodations authorized is given to the student. Students are instructed to show this form to each of their Instructors. Upon receipt of the Test Proctor Form, the Instructor is then responsible for assisting the student with the outlined accommodations.
Advanced planning is necessary for some accommodations. Students may also need extra lead time to make special arrangements or accommodations.
Instructors - How to Refer a Student for Support Services
Often there are students in your classroom whom you suspect may need special accommodations, but who have not told you about their needs. As you approach the student to discuss their need for services, please be sensitive to the fact that they may either be reluctant to discuss their problems, or they may have difficulty explaining them to you. If you feel reluctant or unsure of how to bring the subject up with the student, we would be happy to consult with you. It may be a good practice to announce early on in each semester that our program exists. We would be happy to provide you with brochures to hand out to interested students.
We suggest that you include a statement regarding campus support services in your syllabus. For example: "Any student with a verified disability, such as physical, learning, psychological, visual, hearing, etc. who needs to arrange accommodations must contact the Instructor and DSPS at the beginning of the semester."