Disability Information Student Handbook

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
General Accommodations

Advising And Disability Management

Counseling Services

Students enrolled through Disability Support Services (DSS) may make appointments with their DSS counselor or LD Specialist for:
  • Services and course information
  • Disability management
  • Accommodation consultation
  • Academic and educational planning
  • Personal counseling related to disability and educational program
  • Information and referral

The DSS Counselor or LD Specialist may refer you to other counseling services on campus, if advisable. They work closely with Counseling and Advising Services (www.deanza.edu/counseling) for additional and specialized academic and transfer assistance or personal counseling, if needed.

In addition, numerous and varied De Anza College student services are listed at www.deanza.edu/academicsupport.  You may benefit from support and advice from several programs or resources simultaneously. Familiarize yourself with all the services which might be helpful. If you inform each program you work with about your involvement with DSS, your services can be coordinated in an effective manner. See the Student Services web site or your DSS counselor or LD Specialist for further information about these resources. Your DSS counselor or LD Specialist may also refer you to community resources outside the college.

Coordination with Supported Education

To support students with psychological disabilities, De Anza employs a team approach. This team consists of the student and the DSS counselor or LD Specialist, supplemented as needed by staff from the Psychological and Health Services (http://www.deanza.edu/healthservices/index) or Counseling and Advising Services

Workshops are given on a variety of topics related to personal growth and psychological issues. Check the Psychological and Health Services and Counseling and Advising Services website for current listings.

Students may see a counselor in Counseling and Advising Services for personal counseling assistance and referral, as well as use the services and advisers in DSS for accommodation and disability management issues. Service providers from off-campus agencies may also help the team with providing appropriate services.

Should the student need assistance in a crisis, these professional services may also be supplemented by assistance from Health Services or Safety and Security Services.

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments with a DSS counselor or a LD Specialist are generally scheduled for thirty minutes, unless you specify otherwise. Email the DSS secretary or call 408.864.8753.  A DSS counselor or a LD Specialist is on duty to meet with evening students. Contact the DSS secretary for information on evening availability.

Drop in Counseling

Drop-in hours are designated in the morning and afternoon daily. You are encouraged to come by for assistance for quick questions that can be handled in 15 minutes or less.  Schedules for the quarter are available on the program web-sites at www.deanza.edu/dss or click DSS Counselor or LD Specialist Drop In Schedule .

E-mail Advising

Students may communicate with their DSS counselor or LD Specialist by e-mail for issues that can be handled or answered effectively through this format. However, it may be more efficient to have a face-to-face meeting with your DSS counselor or LD Specialist by appointment or for a brief consultation during drop-in hours, in order to resolve an issue. On e-mail questions, you can expect a response within three instructional days.


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Last Updated: 3/13/17