Frequently Asked Questions about Disability Support 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.)
1. What is the definition of disability?
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 :
2. How do I know if I am eligible for DSPS services?
You first need to be a De Anza College student. Next you need to apply for disability support services (see #4 below). Basically, to be eligible to receive academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services, a De Anza College student must have a verified disability that:
Students are required to provide documentation verifying their disability with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office.
3. How do I learn more about DSPS services?
4. How do I apply for DSPS services?
For step-by-step instructions to go to "How to Apply for DSPS Services" .back to top
5. How do I find out if I have a learning disability?
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.
6. Must I be a student at De Anza to get a learning disability assessment at the college ?
Yes, an assessment is only available to registered De Anza College students.
7. I am graduating from high school. How can I continue to get services at De Anza College?
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.
10. What if I encounter an architectural barrier on campus?
11. Are test accommodations available?
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, but are not limited to:
Test accommodations are recommended and approved 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 guidelines, see Test Accommodations on the DSS website and the Disability Information Student Handbook (DISH), Section 2, Test Accommodations for Classroom Tests.
12. How are accommodations decided?
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.
13. What is the best way to discuss classroom accommodations with my instructor?
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.
14. What if the instructor seems unwilling or unsure of the appropriate accommodations?
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.
15. Is there a student club?
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.
16. What extracurricular activities are students with disabilities involved in?
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.
17. Does De Anza have a program for students with Intellectual Disabilities?
Monica Sheirich (408) 282-0427
DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS & SERVICES Division
Building: Registration & Student Services Building (RSS), Suite 141
Contact: Patricia Whelan