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Educational Diagnostic Center

About the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC): Program Overview

◊ History and Description ◊ ◊ Eligibility ◊ ◊ Enrolling ◊
◊ Accommodations and Services ◊ Related Programs ◊
Did You Know?

Our mission is to ensure that students with learning disabilities have an equal opportunity to reach their educational potential.

  • Student Success Board ImageEDC is a pioneer. It was one of the first programs in California, 35 years ago, for college students with learning disabilities.
  • Help to students and close collaboration with faculty and college staff creates an accessible learning environment.
  • EDC students achieve a high rate of success in accomplishing their academic goals.
What Does the Program Do?

A comprehensive learning disabilities program, EDC

  • provides accommodations and services and
  • teaches learning skills classes
  • for students with specific learning disabilities and special learning needs
  • who are enrolled in De Anza's vocational certificate, degree and university transfer programs
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Accommodations and Services

What Help Does a Student Get from EDC?

The student with a verified learning disability works closely with an EDC Advisor, who is a college Learning Disability Specialist.


Together, they

  • identify academic strengths and limitations
  • develop a list of accommodations and
    services that are
    • individualized
    • appropriate to the student's goals
    • address specific learning needs
  • monitor academic progress
  • adjust goals or accommodations, as needed

EDC services are





What Accommodations and Services are Available to Students?

Recommendations may include, depending on the nature of the disability and its impact:

Who is Eligible to Use EDC Support Services?

To be eligible for EDC services, a student must:Student studying in EDC lab

  • have a specific learning disability documented by an appropriate professional learning disability specialist or psychologist done within the last three years
  • have an educational limitation as a result of the learning disability
  • be enrolled at De Anza College
  • possess the ability to respond appropriately to questions, follow directions, and demonstrate the potential to benefit from DSP&S programs and services
  • Meet with an EDC Advisor to complete necessary enrollment paperwork.

Enrolled De Anza students who have never been evaluated for a learning disability may be eligible for an assessment to establish eligibility for services. Students can attend an Information Meeting to sign up. If unable to attend an Information Meeting, contact the EDC program receptionist.

For more specific information on eligibility requirements, see About Learning Disabilities

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Enrolling for Services

How Does a Student Apply for Services?

Current or prospective De Anza students should bring a copy of their learning disability documentation to EDC. The following types of documentation may be provided:

  • Evaluation that includes current testing by an outside LD specialist, psychologist, or other appropriate professional
  • A learning disability certification by another California community college
  • High school Individual Education Plan (IEP) or '504' plan that includes current testing by school psychologist

    Refer to  Steps to Apply for more specific information.

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EDC is one of four programs that comprise De Anza's Disability Support Programs and Services Division.These programs offer additional services and classes and may address the needs and goals of students with other types of disabilities.

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Educational Diagnostic Center
Building: SCS 141
Contact: Kim Fukuyama
Phone: 408.864.8838 sizeplaceholder

Last Updated: 1/30/12