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Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S)

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Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) regulations were enacted in 1976 through the passage of AB 77 (Lanterman). This assembly bill provided funding for support services and instructional programs for students with disabilities in the California Community Colleges.

The DSP&S program provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experience as their non-disabled peers.   A Student Educational Contract (SEC) is developed for each student which links the studentīs goals, curriculum program, and academic accommodations to his/her specific disability-related educational limitation.

Eligibility Criteria: The specific disability must be verified, and there must be an educational limitation that precludes the student from fully participating in general education without additional specialized services.

Services:  Examples of services available through DSP&S that are over and above those regularly offered by the college are test-taking facilitation, assessment for learning disabilities, specialized counseling, interpreter services for hearing-impaired or deaf students, mobility assistance, note taking, reader services, speech services, transcription services, transportation, specialized tutoring, access to adaptive equipment, job development/placement, registration assistance, special parking and specialized instruction.

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