Disability Information Student Handbook

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
General Accommodation

◊ Adapted Parking ◊

◊ Campus Accessibility ◊

◊ Mobility Services / Courtesy Shuttle ◊

◊ Placement Test Accommodations ◊

◊ Priority Registration and Registration Assistance ◊


With DMV issued DP placard or plate

Students who have a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Disabled Person (DP) parking placard or DP license plate do not need to purchase a De Anza parking sticker.

With the California DMV Disabled Person (DP) placard or plate, parking is permitted in:

  • Any specially marked disability blue parking space,
  • Any student-designated parking space or lot, and
  • Any staff-designated space or lot.
  • Students displaying DMV issued DP plates or placards may also park in spaces marked for "30 minute" limit.

Parking is never permitted:

  • In walkways,
  • On lawns or landscaped areas, and
  • Other locations generally considered illegal.

All parking lots at De Anza have specially marked disability blue parking spaces and all of them require that a California DMV Disabled Person (DP) placard or plate be displayed.

  • Students who have a DMV placard, rather than a license plate, should ensure that the placard hangs on the rear view mirror and is visible through the windshield at all times.
  • Vehicles without a DP plate or placard visible to Security officers will be ticketed.
  • Campus police are not permitted to reverse tickets.
  • Extra-wide specially marked disability blue parking spaces should be reserved for use by students using wheelchairs and para-transit vehicles, if possible.

See the detailed campus map for the location of spaces for drivers with DMV issued DP placards or plates.


Without DMV issued DP placard or plate

Students who do not have a DMV issued DP placard or license plate or are awaiting a placard or license plate, but whose mobility-related disability warrants special parking, can be issued a temporary De Anza College disability parking permit. Students can apply for the temporary disability parking permit for one quarter through DSS.  To obtain the temporary disability parking permit, students must:

  1. See their DSS counselor or Learning Disabilities Specialist for authorization.
  2. Purchase the college's regular Student Parking Permit.
  3. Bring their regular Student Parking Permit and their automobile information (make, model, year and license number) to the DSS Secretary in RSS Building, room 141.
  4. The temporary disability parking permit is valid only if displayed alongside the regular De Anza Student Parking Permit.  You will receive an additional hanger to display the temporary disability parking permit along with your regular campus parking permit.


With the temporary disability parking permit & Student Parking Permit, students CAN only park:

  • In any general student lot or garage space and
  • In staff lots or staff spaces with the exception of STAFF LOT 1A in front of the Registration and Student Services (RSS) building (detailed campus map).

With the temporary disability parking permit & Student Parking Permit, students

  • CANNOT park in any of the parking spaces in Staff Lot 1A.
  • CANNOT park in the specially-designated DMV "disabled person", blue parking spaces.
    • These spaces are reserved for vehicles with DMV plates or placards only. Anyone without DMV plates or placard risks receiving a very expensive city parking citation which the campus cannot revoke.

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De Anza College is an accessible campus of mostly one story buildings built on a relatively level terrain, with elevator access to all two and three story buildings. The college campus map indicates general access features on campus, including

  • Designated blue parking spaces for person with DMV issued DP placards or plates
  • Elevators
  • Para-transit drop-off / pick-up location
  • Detailed area maps provide information on the following access features.
    • Ramps,
    • Lifts,
    • automatic doors,
    • Gender neutral restrooms,
    • Accessible computer labs and stations.

In addition, throughout the campus there are large De Anza arch tiles imbedded in the walkways indicating that the path ahead is wheelchair accessible.  The top of the arches point in the direction of the accessible route.

Reporting Access Barriers

If you encounter a barrier or a temporarily inaccessible route, contact DSS. You may be asked to file a "Barrier Report Form", if necessary, which will help DSS evaluate the problem and develop a solution.

Campus Orientation

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the campus and locate their classrooms before the quarter begins. If you would like help locating your classrooms or need escort service to a special campus appointment, please contact Mobility Services located in RSS 141 (408-864-8412)

Campus Services Assistance

Students who have challenges that may necessitate assistance in the cafeteria, bookstore or library should inform their DSS counselor or Learning Disabilities Specialist for possible solutions which may include contacting a staff member in that location with an assistance request.

In such cases, a student needs to be aware that during busy periods he or she may have to wait for staff availability or may need to return later. If you will require assistance during a typically busy time, it is advisable to prearrange an appointment with the department.  Discuss possible needs in advance with your DSS counselor or Learning Disabilities Specialist.  Assistance needs examples:

  • Library
    • Pulling books from bookshelf
    • Assistance photocopying reference materials
  • Bookstore
    • Bypass line
    • Assistance gathering or carrying materials/books
  • Cafeteria
    • Bypass line
    • Assistance handling trays and seating

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Location :
Registration and Student Services Building (RSS) Room 141 (Map) - 408-864-8412

Picture of the De Anza shuttle bus

A wheelchair-accessible courtesy shuttle service is available to students with temporary or permanent disabilities that affect their mobility. Transport to classrooms on a regularly scheduled basis or for special appointments may be arranged.The shuttle service operates between major campus buildings and is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steps to arrange for shuttle service:
    • Meet with your DSS Counselor or Learning Disabilities Specialist for authorization
    • Provide your class schedule to the Mobility Services Shuttle Driver .
    • The top priority is to provide shuttle services to and from classes.
    • Shuttle service to special on-campus appointments or activities must be prearranged and are only available when the regular class transportation schedules permit it.
    • The student must meet the shuttle at the designated meeting place and time.
    • The student must notify Mobility Services as soon as possible if they will not meet a regularly scheduled pick-up. Failure to notify three (3) times in a quarter may result in suspension of their Mobility Service.
    • If your class finishes early, call Mobility Services and wait at the appointed place.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to inform Mobility Services if changes occur that affect their mobility service needs.
    • Shuttle service may be provided, as available, for emergency situations (such as after a fall, wheelchair malfunctions, unexpected heavy rain, etc.)
    • Seat belts and ties-down are to be used at all times and safety instructions are to be observed.
    • Shuttle service may be cancelled due to driver absence, mechanical problems or for other unforeseen reasons.

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Placement Test Accommodations

Placement testing, also called advisory assessment, helps students identify their skill levels in English, Math and Science. This information is a critical key to selecting the correct classes and for planning an educational program leading to a certificate, degree or to transfer to a university.

As advised by De Anza's DSS Counselors or LD Specialists, it is strongly recommended that students complete these tests prior to starting classes or as early as possible in their college career.

Before students can enroll in certain basic courses in:

  • Math,
  • English,
  • Reading, or
  • English as a Second Language (ESL),

they must take placement tests or provide proof of applicable skill levels (in most cases by documenting  the completion of prior college-level course work). 

Certain advanced Math or Science courses such as Chemistry 1A or Biology 6A also require clearance by testing or authorization from the Assessment Center.

For details on placing into courses, including dates and locations of tests, you can visit placement testing at http://www.deanza.edu/admissions/placement  or ask a Counseling Center counselor, a DSS counselor, or an LD Specialist.

For Students with Disabilities:

Accommodations for placement testing are evaluated and coordinated by the Disability Support Services (DSS) office. However, many students with disabilities will be able take the placement tests without special arrangements or accommodations since many tests:

  • Are not timed,
  • Are given on a computer, and
  • Can be taken on a drop-in basis.

For more disability specific information, go to: Placement Testing for Students with Disabilities 

If you are a Disability Support Services (DSS) student and think you may need an accommodation for placement testing, or to make accommodation arrangements, contact Disability Support Services.

Not registered as a DSS student? For information on how to apply for accommodations/services and to schedule an appointment with a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist, go to: http://www.deanza.edu/dss/apply/index.html



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Eligible students receive assistance in registering for classes. They may register early in order to accommodate disability-related needs, such as special scheduling or class location requirements, arranging for classroom support services or procuring alternative media materials.

Continuing students are advised by email about the time-lines for making registration appointments with DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. Registration dates and procedures are also posted in the DSS Announcements & News section and in the DSS office.

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Last Updated: 5/30/17