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Disability Support Programs & Services Division

Frequently Asked Questions about Disability Services at De Anza College

  1. What is the definition of disability?
  2. How do I know if I am eligible for services?
  3. How do I get started?
  4. How do I apply for services?

  5. How do I find out if I have a learning disability?
  6. Must I be a student at De Anza to get a learning disability assessment at the college?

  7. I am graduating from high school. How can I continue to get services at De Anza?
  8. I'm coming to De Anza and have to take the Placement Tests.  If I need accommodations for them, what do I do?
  9. I had resource services at my high school, and I am currently a student at De Anza. How can I get services?

  10. What if I encounter an architectural barrier on campus?
  11. Are test accommodations available?
  12. How are accommodations decided?
  13. What is the best way to discuss classroom accommodations with my instructor?
  14. What if the instructor seems unwilling or unsure of the appropriate accommodations?

  15. Is there a student club?
  16. What extracurricular activities are students with disabilities involved in?

  17. Does De Anza have a program for students with developmental disabilities?

(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:

  • Have a verifiable disability.
  • Have a history of a disability.
  • Are perceived by others as having a disability.

Disabilities can be :

  • Visible disabilities -- These include physical and sensory disabilities such as visual, hearing, or mobility impairments.
  • Hidden disabilities -- Non-visible disabilities include chronic health impairments, such as asthma, AIDS, heart disease, and seizure disorders. They also include disabilities affecting cognition such as learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, psychological disabilities, and attention deficit disorder.
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2.  How do I know if I am eligible for services?

To be eligible for disability-related special services or accommodations in post-secondary education, a student must have a verified disability that limits a major life activity that hinders the ability to participate in instruction or programs. Students are required to provide documentation verifying their disability with DSS or the EDC program for learning disability evaluation information.

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3.  How do I get started?

For general information on services, programs and eligibility, attend an Information Meetings held monthly.

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  4.   How do I apply for services?

To apply for services, students with PHYSICAL, SENSORY, CHRONIC HEALTH, ADHD/ADD and/or PSYCHOLOGICAL disabilities:
Summary

  1. Contact Disability Support Services at 408.864.8753.
  2. Submit completed and signed Disability Verification Form.
  3. Meet with Disability Support Services Counselor for an Intake-Registration appointment.

See Disability Support Services for complete information and detailed steps.

To apply for services, students with LEARNING DISABILITIES:
Contact Educational Diagnostic Center at 408.864.8839

See Educational Diagnostic Center for complete information and detailed steps.


To enroll if INTERESTED ONLY in ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION classes:
Summary

  1. Contact Disability Support Services at 408.864.8753 or 408.864.8748 (TTY).
  2. Submit completed and signed Disability Verification Form.
  3. Visit the Adapted Physical Education program.
  4. Meet with Disability Support Services Counselor for an Intake-Registration appointment.

See Adapted Physical Education for complete information and detailed Steps.

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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.

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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 students.

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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 EDC have special tips and strategies to help you prepare for your first quarter at De Anza College.

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 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/EDC Students.

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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 an EDC Advisor. Also plan to attend one of the scheduled Information Meetings for an overview of the programs and services available to you.

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10.  What if I encounter an architectural barrier on campus?

Advise the Disability Support Services and file a Barrier Report Form with them.

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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 additional time, reduced distraction environment and use of assistive technology, but others may be utilized.  These are recommended by your counselor/advisor and are based on your 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.

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12.  How are accommodations decided?

You and your DSS counselor or EDC advisor will discuss your disability-related educational limitations and decide what accommodations are most appropriate. 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 or EDC 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 EDC advisor.

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14.  What if the instructor seems unwilling or unsure of the appropriate accommodations?

Bring this to the attention of your DSS counselor or EDC advisor. 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) promotes awareness of the diversity of faculty and staff who have a limitation. They also help fund special activities for its members, such as camping trips, kayaking events, and trips to scenic locations in California and program extra-curricular activities, such as those described below.  All De Anza community members can join the DSU.  More information about the DSU student club is available on the DSPS website at www.deanza.edu/dsps.

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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 served as student trustees on the District's Board of Trustees.

The programs each offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for their own enrolled students. 

The Adapted Physical Education program hosts a Holiday Party annually, and such events as end of quarter barb-e-cues or ice cream socials.  A new course offered in Fall, 2009 in Outdoor Education includes field trips with a variety of outdoor education activities involved.  The Educational Diagnostic Center often hosts end of quarter pot luck lunches.  Disability Support Services has hosted  Open House drop in events at holidays like Halloween and Valentine's Day.

The programs participate in outreach extracurricular events to the campus, such as in-service and awareness activities.  "Deaf Town" offered 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 developmental disabilities?

Yes, the HOPE-De Anza program serves students with developmental disabilities. For general program information, please contact :

Monica Sheirich  (408) 282-0427

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DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS & SERVICES Division
Building: Learning Center West LCW 13
Contact: Marilyn Booye
Phone: 408.864.8407 sizeplaceholder


Last Updated: 1/30/12