More details about these and other accommodations and services is contained in the Disability Information Student Handbook (DISH). Please refer there for other important information about each service's specific policies and procedures.
Parking with a California DMV Disabled Person (DP) Permit or Plate
All designated disability parking spaces on campus require that a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Disabled Person (DP) parking placard or DP license plate be displayed.
All parking lots at De Anza have designated blue "handicapped" parking spaces.
See the detailed campus map for the location of spaces for drivers with DMV issued DP placards or plates.
De Anza Disability Temporary Parking Permit
Students whose disability impacts their mobility, but who may not have a DMV issued DP parking placard or license plate can apply for a special temporary college disability permit issued by DSS for one quarter.
With the De Anza Disability Permit & Student Parking Permit, students may then park:
With the De Anza Disability Permit & Student Parking Permit, students
A variety of auxiliary aids are available to borrow for time limited periods, including:
The Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL) has a comprehensive list of computer technology hardware and software in its lab and mainstream campus computer labs.
An Assistive Technology Resource Room in the Library provides computer access by voice input and screen reading programs, Braille printing, and optical scanning to E-text. Also available for student use are closed circuit television enlargers, Braille writers, and other assistive resources.
De Anza College is an accessible campus of mostly one story buildings built on level terrain, with elevator access to all two and three story buildings. The college campus map indicates general access features on campus, including
Disability Support Services works with College Services to resolve barrier issues. Students who encounter a campus accessibility barrier may file a Barrier Report Form with DSS.
Staff members in each of the programs in the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Division are knowledgeable about the campus and local community, including educational, vocational, rehabilitation, consumer, medical, and social service agencies. They can inform students about resources, make referrals, and liaison with these resources to ensure that students have access to a comprehensive array of appropriate services.
Disability Support Services also coordinates with the California Department of Rehabilitation to assist students to achieve their vocational plans and also processes fee authorizations.
The Computer Accessibility Lab is a training and open lab setting for students with disabilities to evaluate, learn to use, and utilize assistive technology in order to complete De Anza College course requirements. It is located in the northeast area of the the Advanced Technology Center, Room 203.
Assistive technology instructors are available to help students learning and using the technology. A schedule of the instructors' Lab Hours is posted quarterly.
The CAL computer stations remain available for independent student use during any open hours maintained by the AT 203 Computer Lab, including evenings. Students need to be aware that assistive technology instructors may not be available for help during some periods.
Students must be enrolled in the appropriate SPED courses to use the CAL computer stations. See the CAL lab instructor for more information on the appropriate assistive technology classes provide that provide access privileges for these computer stations.
Counseling in DSS aims to empower students to develop and use effective disability management and problem solving skills to achieve educational and vocational goals.
Students enrolled through Learning Disabilities Support receive disability management counseling and learning strategy coaching from their LD Specialist and may receive additional counseling services from a specially-designated liaison counselor assigned from the Counseling/Matriculation Division.
Students may use the college counseling and advising services through Counseling Center to supplement disability management counseling in DSS if they choose. DSS Counselors or LD Specialists may refer students, when appropriate, to other campus programs when specialized counseling and advising services are called for, such as for specific information available through Transfer Center, Career Services, etc.
Keys to the effective use of disability management counseling.
Students meet with a DSS counselor or LD Specialist when they first enter the program to
Students then meet with their DSS counselor or LD Specialist at regular intervals
Students can schedule appointments with DSS counselors or LD Specialist as needed for additional assistance. The DSS counselors or LD Specialists understand how having a disability may affect a student's success in college or on the job. With the student, they can
DSS counselors or LD Specialists are available by appointment through the DSS Office and they also keep a regular schedule of Drop-In hours for short consultations.
DSS counselors or LD Specialists can refer students to Financial Aid Office for assistance, if needed, with completing financial aid paperwork, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They can also serve serve as a liaison to facilitate understanding of the financial aid processes.
Fee Waiver Program
The Board of Governor's Waiver (BOG-W) program assists eligible low income students. The program:
DSS counselors or LD Specialists can assist the student:
The BOG-W application must be renewed each Spring quarter for the next academic year and remains in place for each quarter of that academic year.
DSS works with College Services to arrange for adapted furniture to be placed in classrooms. The following are available to accommodate the need for classroom seating or desk alternatives:
Individually prescribed seating arrangements are not within the college's scope of responsibility.
Furniture accommodation use must be authorized by a DSS counselor or LD Specialist and is based on disability related educational limitations.
A wheelchair accessible courtesy shuttle service is available to transport students on campus. Transport to classrooms on a regularly scheduled basis or for special appointments may be arranged. De Anza College provides shuttle service as a courtesy to students, as it is not required by law to provide on campus mobility assistance.
Students who want to request shuttle service should discuss this with their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. If shuttle service is to be utilized, the Shuttle Driver maintains the schedule. Service is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Placement (assessment) testing (or other approved proof of pre-requisite preparation) is required before enrolling in certain
In general, all students entering De Anza without prior college level course work in math or English, should complete these assessments.
Accommodations for placement testing are evaluated and coordinated by the DSS office. However, many students will be able take the tests without special arrangements since many tests are not timed, are given on a computer and can be taken on a drop-in basis.
For additional information on placement testing, refer to the Assessment and Placement web-site and Placement Testing for Students with Disabilities on this site. For information on arranging accommodations, contact the DSS office to schedule an appointment with a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist.
De Anza College defines a "full-time" load as enrollment in at least 12 units a quarter. Less than this is considered part-time. While there is no minimum number of classes or units a student must take at De Anza, some Financial Aid programs, scholarships, special services such as EOPS, CARE, and CALWORKS, medical insurance programs, or other outside agencies may set a minimum for their eligibility purposes.
Students whose disabilities prevent them from enrolling in the minimum number of units required for their eligibility in a specific program should consult with their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. Their professional opinion about equivalency in work load for a student whose disability warrants it may be forwarded on the student's request, but De Anza College cannot assume responsibility for the mandate on full load equivalency status made by the receiving agency or program.
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.
Service animals are permitted on campus, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008. Specifically, the revised rule defines service animal as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a:
Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition." (Trained miniature horses may be permissible under certain circumstances.)
In addition, "the work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability." For instance, a pet may be capable of recognizing when its owner is in distress, but a service animal is trained to do a specific task in response to mitigate the effect of the disability or to ameliorate the inability to perform a life activity.
Applicable criteria for service animals on campus include:
Service dogs may be asked to leave campus if they do not meet these criteria or if their behavior is unruly or poses a danger and the partner/handler does not curtail it. In cases of disagreement over decisions regarding service dogs, an individual may elect to appeal or grieve the decision as outlined in DISH, Section 2, Concern and Complaints.top of page
The College awards a number of competitive scholarships, often totaling more than $50,000 annually, specifically to students with disabilities. Many of these have been funded through the generosity of the community and from bequests by donors with a special interest in supporting the success of persons with disabilities.
Announcements of these are posted on Financial Aid's scholarship website pages and in their office and are also publicized by DSS. Students are encouraged to apply. DSS Counselor or LD Specialist are available to assist students with the process.
The chances of receiving a scholarship are increased if students also apply for other applicable scholarships offered by the College. The deadline to apply for most of the more than 100 scholarships offered annually is mid-February. The DSS office hosts Application Workshops each year during early Winter quarter to help students with the scholarship process.
The DSS and other programs in DSPS work to help students with disabilities enter De Anza, adjust to the college setting, and when ready, proceed to the next phase of their lives, which may include additional training, higher education, or employment. Each program provides advisement, as appropriate.
DSS also works closely with staff in the California Department of Rehabilitation, high schools, other colleges and universities, and other appropriate community programs to assist students with disabilities in the transition process.
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