Disability Information Student Handbook

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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

Legal Aspects

Confidentiality And Records


As per Title V, Section 56008 and FERPA Guidelines (See College Catalog) disability information is confidential. Disability Support Programs and Services staff and service providers may not release any information from a secure file without written permission.

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

If needed, the counselor/advisor may consult with an instructor to discuss accommodation matters. On request by instructor, a DSS/EDC counselor or advisor 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 note taker as long as the student is not singled out unnecessarily. Communicate your preferences to your instructor.

Obtaining copies of records

Medical records and psycho-educational testing that you provide to the DSPS programs become the property of the program. Please 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, you may request in writing to the EDC program an additional copy for a $5.00 fee with a five (5) working day notice.


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Last Updated: 10/13/10