Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

Confidentiality and Student Records


Per the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 56008, disability information is confidential. Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) staff and service providers may not release any information from a secure file without written permission.  The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) as outlined in the College Catalog, and the District Administrative Policy 5045, governs other rights of students with regard to college records.

Students with disabilities do not need to share the nature of your disability with instructors. If a student requests an accommodation, they may be asked about the education limitation caused by the disability. Only the student may share the diagnosis of a disability with general faculty or staff.

If needed, the DSS Counselor or LD Specialist may consult with an instructor to discuss accommodation matters. On request by instructor, a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist may also verify eligibility for a specific service or accommodation.

Faculty can make general classroom announcements about disability issues, such as a confidential request for a note taker, as long as a student is not singled out unnecessarily. A student should communicate their preferences to the instructor.

Obtaining copies of DSPS records

Medical records and psycho-educational testing that students with disabilities provide become the property of the DSPS division. Students should make copies of all documents submitted because information provided by a third party cannot be released. If a learning disability assessment was done at De Anza, the student may request in writing to the Learning Disabilities Support program an additional copy for a $5.00 fee with a five (5) working day notice.


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Section One: Coming to De Anza College

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

General / College-Wide Accommodations and Services

Instructional / Classroom Accommodations and Services:

Alternate Media Services:

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Services:

Legal Aspects

Concerns and Complaints

Section Three: Disability Support Programs & Services Instruction

Section Four: Success Strategies

Section Five: Campus and Community Life

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