Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Disabilities and De Anza Services
The only way to find out for sure is to have an assessment that includes tests and interviews with someone qualified to diagnose learning disabilities. Achievement and ability levels, work and school history, learning style and problems that interfere with learning are part of the evaluation.
Yes, an assessment is only available to registered De Anza students.
Usually between 3 and 5 weeks, depending on your availability and how many people are waiting to be tested. You can check with the Learning Disabilities Support Team reception desk to find out about how long the wait would likely be until your first appointment.
No, once you complete your assessment and are eligible, you will not need to do it again. You will need to meet with your LD Specialist, who is a learning disabilities specialist, each quarter to continue to receive services. For the future, you will have a copy of your testing results for your files and to take to other colleges if you need to.
Actually, many very intelligent, accomplished people have learning disabilities. You might be surprised that Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Whoopi Goldberg are among them. The Learning Disabilities Support Team has lists of famous people with names you would recognize. Many of the classmates in your classes are likely receiving Learning Disabilities Support services--and you're not even aware of it because the services are confidential. Help yourself be successful by using resources available to you.
You can do that, but if you are having academic difficulties now, it would be best to get help and be more successful rather than wait until your academic record has been negatively affected. Also, if you wait until you are no longer at De Anza, you might have to pay for a private assessment that could cost $1000 or more.
Attend one of the special Information Meetings planned for high school transition students and families for an overview of the programs and services. These also cover information on how to enroll for services as soon as possible, after you start your classes. Bring a copy of your most recent IEP, 504 plan and/or assessment reports. DSS and the Learning Disabilities Support Team have special tips and strategies to help you prepare for your first quarter at De Anza College.
I had resource services at my high school, and I am currently a student at De Anza. How can I continue to get services?
Bring a copy of your most recent IEP, 504 plan and/or most recent assessment reports to an Information Meeting or to the Learning Disabilities Support Team reception desk and we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with an LD Specialist.
Yes, but the Disability Support Services (DSS) program will be your first contact. You need to take a Disability Verification Packet to the professional who diagnosed or treats you for ADD/ADHD. The packet contains a form the professional must fill out and sign. After this is done, apply to receive services from De Anza's Disability Support Services (DSS) program and you will be set-up with an intake appointment with a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. You will then be able to receive services and accommodations, including tutoring or educational assistance classes based on your situation.
You have the right to confidentiality. It is your decision whether you let other students or teachers know. If you request accommodations, you need to tell your instructors that you have a verified disability, and what the appropriate accommodations are for your situation, but you don't have to disclose other details if you don't want to. De Anza instructors typically are responsive and helpful to students who are working hard to succeed and using the college supports to do so.
Won't my instructors think less of my ability if they know I'm using Learning Disabilities Support services?
No. De Anza faculty are well informed about the potential of teaching students with learning disablities and the services here to assist. Share with your instructors your desire to succeed in the class. Instructors are a critical part of the team. They refer students to us regularly for assessment and help and are strong supporters of services to students with disabilities.
If I am assessed and use services, will it affect my chances to transfer or be on my transcript or record?
Actually, if you have a learning disability, knowing it will benefit you to find ways to be more successful as a student ! Students with learning disabilities find that having information and using services helps increase their grade point average and chances to transfer.
Your De Anza transcript lists the classes and grades you've taken. There is NO record of your having a learning disability or using accommodations. Official college records are separate from any DSS records. Confidentiality and your privacy are safeguarded.
Yes. Services of this kind exist now in all public colleges, as well as many private colleges in California and out of state. Using services here will also prepare you to qualify and take advantage of services at your transfer institution. The Learning Disabilities Support Team will also assist you in preparing for a smooth transition.
Yes. The HOPE-De Anza program serves students with intellectual disabilities.
For information, please contact Monica Sheirich at 408.282.0427.
Learning Disabilities Support Team
Building: RSS 141
Contact: Kim Fukuyama