Section Five: Campus and Community Life

Online Education

Online classes can be an effective method to address some disability access issues, because they may offer the flexibility to complete some course work off-campus. De Anza offers online courses through the Online Education office. Visit the office to pick up the information brochure and schedule or visit the site at Courses produced by De Anza are closed captioned, and the college is in the process of ensuring closed captioned access to all video courses. Those currently available are designated as such in the Online Education brochure and schedule. Web and online courses are also expected to meet accessibility standards.

Completing courses in an online format can create some challenge for all learners. Before a student registers for a class that relies heavily on technology and may not meet on a regular schedule, students should prepare themselves by discussing the advantages and challenges of this option with a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist. Students will want to consider carefully the skills necessary to work independently.

It is also recommended that students take a class that orients them to online learning methods. Online Education has a self-evaluation tool that can assist students to decide if they are prepared for this type of course work.

Steps to Request Accommodations for Online courses:

  1. Students who are currently enrolled on campus with DSS should make an appointment with their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist to discuss online course options and accommodation needs.
  2. For students not currently enrolled, to establish eligibility for disability accommodations may necessitate attendance at on campus appointments. Students with disabilities who are unable to do so should consult as follows to determine possible alternatives


  • All disability documentation, eligibility requirements and procedures as outlined in the DISH, Section 2, Using Disability Services & Accommodations, "The Basic Questions", apply to accommodations for distance education classes.
  • Learning disability assessment at De Anza and disability information meetings are held on campus.

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DISH Table of Contents

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Section One: Coming to De Anza College

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

General / College-Wide Accommodations and Services

Instructional / Classroom Accommodations and Services:

Alternate Media Services:

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Services:

Legal Aspects

Concerns and Complaints

Section Three: Disability Support Programs & Services Instruction

Section Four: Success Strategies

Section Five: Campus and Community Life

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