Frequently Asked Questions about Disability Services at De Anza College
(Refer on-line at www:deanza.edu/dsps/faq.html to access links listed below, if reading these FAQ's from a printed hard copy.)
Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, such as caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, and working, moving, bending, standing, communicating, sleeping, breathing, eating and concentrating.
Individuals are considered to be persons with a disability if they:
Disabilities can be :
To be eligible for disability-related academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services in post-secondary education, a student must have a verified disability that limits a major life activity that hinders the ability to equally participate in instruction or programs. Students are required to provide documentation verifying their disability with Disability Support Services (DSS).
Click on the title above to go to the "How to Apply for DSPS Services" web site.
Attend one of the Information Meetings about programs and services for students with disabilities at De Anza . If, after attending the meeting, you would like to enroll in the learning disability assessment class, you will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available. If you would like to have a private assessment, we can refer you to other outside resources.
Yes, an assessment is only available to registered De Anza students.
Attend one of the special Information Meetings planned for high school transition students and their families. DSS and Learning Disabilities Support have special tips and strategies to help you prepare for your first quarter at De Anza College.
8. I'm coming to De Anza and have to take the Placement Tests. If I need accommodations for them, what do I do?
Many times students can take the placement tests without special arrangements since some are administered on a computer and are not timed. For more information and for assistance with arranging accommodations if they are necessary, refer to Placement Testing for DSS Students.
9. I had resource services at my high school, and I am currently a student at De Anza. How can I get services?
Bring a copy of your most recent IEP, 504 plan and/or most recent assessment reports and we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. Also plan to attend one of the scheduled Information Meetings for an overview of the programs and services available to you.
Absolutely! A wide variety of test accommodations are available for students whose disabilities require a modification in testing conditions to demonstrate course content mastery. Frequently used accommodations include additional time, reduced distraction environment, and use of assistive technology, but others may be utilized. These are recommended by your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist and are based on your disability-related educational limitations and the nature of the test. For more information, steps and policies, see Test Accommodations on the DSS website and the Disability Information Student Handbook (DISH), Section 2, Test Accommodations for Classroom Tests.
You and your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist will discuss your disability-related educational limitations and decide what academic adjustments, auxliliary aids and services (accommodations) are most appropriate and reasonable. Course requirements and assignments in different classes may require different accommodations.
Approach your instructor privately during the office hour or at an agreed upon time. Let your instructor know that you have a disability which requires accommodation. You do not need to share your diagnosis. However, you do need to indicate that you have verified your disability with one of the programs in the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Division, and that the accommodations determined by you and DSS are appropriate. If you are unsure of how to adjust for a particular course requirement, you may share this with the instructor and offer suggestions that may have worked in the past for similar situations. Work with the instructor to find an alternative. If you need assistance with this, see your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist.
Bring this to the attention of your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. They may assist you in how to present the situation, may help you develop alternatives, or may advocate for you, if appropriate.
The Disabled Students Unlimited (DSU) student club promotes disability awareness and activities for students with disabilities. They help fund special activities for its members, such as camping trips, kayaking events, and trips to scenic locations in California. All De Anza community members can join the DSU. More information about the DSU student club is on their website at: https://www.deanza.edu/dsps/dis_student_club.html.
Students with disabilities at De Anza are involved in a broad range of campus life activities, including the newspaper, literary magazine, clubs, and student government. Students with disabilities have even served as the Student Trustee on the District's Board of Trustees.
The DSPS programs each offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for their own enrolled students.
The programs participate in outreach extracurricular events to the campus, such as in-service and awareness activities. "Deaf Town" offered through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) in 2007 was such a campus-wide event.
In spring quarter, DSPS sponsors a Student Celebration reception honoring students who are finishing degrees or certificate programs or who are transferring to a four-year university.
Pictures of many of these events may be seen in the individual program's web-site Picture Galleries.
Monica Sheirich (408) 282-0427
DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS & SERVICES Division
Building: Registration & Student Services Building (RSS), Suite 141
Contact: Patricia Whelan