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Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) Division



Our Mission

The mission of the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Division is to ensure access to the college's curriculum, facilities, and programs, and to promote student success in realizing individual educational and vocational goals.



Programs and Services

The DSPS Division Includes on and off campus programs and services offering students with disabilities a comprehensive array of accommodations, educational assistance classes, and support services.

student at DSS desk with secretaryDSS provides help for students with:

          • Physical,
          • Psychological,
          • Learning,
          • Visual,
          • Hearing, and
          • Chronic Disabilities.
          • As well as, Spectrum Disorders.

Services and accommodations include:

Location:  Registration & Student Services Bldg. (RSS) - Room 141 (Map)
Phone: 408.864.8753
FAX: 408.864.5492
Program Contact: Patricia Whelan
Web site:

female student on exercise machineThe APE program offers a broad range of courses to meet the fitness needs of students with disabilities.  The curriculum is designed to accommodate personal fitness goals through individual instruction as well as group instruction. Most classes are held on-campus in a large dedicated gym or accessible pool. Classes are also offered in the community for older adults with disabilities.


Classes include adapted courses in: Aerobics, Aquatics, Outdoor Education, Strength Development, and Total Fitness

Location:  Physical Education & Athletics Complex - Room PE 13 and Pool (Map)
Phone: 408.864.8885
Program Contact: Michael Fosnaugh
Web site:

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In partnership with HOPE Services since 1975, De Anza College has two off-campus sites offering courses in work preparation and support for students with intellectual disabilities.



Off-campus Locations:

  • HOPE-De Anza: Whittier  || 1555 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose, CA 95128
  • HOPE-De Anza:  Alfred    || 3080 Alfred St.  Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: 408.282.0427

Program Contact:Monica Sheirich

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Building: Registration & Student Services Building (RSS), Suite 141
Contact: Patricia Whelan
Phone: 408.864.8753

Last Updated: 6/13/17