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SOLANO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DSP STUDENT HANDBOOK WITH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The DSP program is a partnership between the student with a disability, the DSP staff and the SCC faculty. The DSP staff consists of Counselors A DSP Specialist Student Services Assistant I A Learning Disabilities Specialist An Adapted PE Instructor Instructional Assistants An Alternate Media Specialist And other staff such as: interpreters, note takers, mobility assistants, readers, and office workers. Our Friendly Staff They will work with you to plan support services that will help you move toward your educational goals. The services of the DSP are organized into six areas: Counseling Learning Disabilities Services Mobility Technology Accommodation Services Workability III Services Counseling The DSP program provides: DSP PROGRAM Academic counseling and educational planning Specialized disability counseling Coordination of necessary support services Assistance in determining appropriate academic accommodations Assistance in determining auxiliary aides A resource to help students obtain appropriate services not provided at SCC The DSP office is intended to be a friendly, safe, DSP OFFICE caring place to come for help. It is a place to come for services, to get advice, to wait for counseling appointments, or to take scheduled exams. Adjacent to the main office area is a classroom for the adaptive computer classes in addition to areas for accommodated testing. Please respect the privacy of the other students who are getting services, taking a test, or participating in an adaptive computer class. The actual process of registration can be PRIORITY REGISTRATION especially difficult and stressful for persons with disabilities. To alleviate these problems, DSP offers priority registration to qualified students. This service helps students who need a particular section of a class because of special transportation needs, the impact of medication, or other effects of a disability. Counseling (continued) We help students locate instructors and LIAISON TO CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY recommend speaking with each instructor during office hours. We encourage students to advise their instructors of their disability. We support the student and instructor working together to obtain necessary services. The DSP counselor can help the student establish and maintain this relationship. We are part of a network of community resources for people with disabilities, so we can provide the student with contacts and resources outside the college as well. We coordinate specialized funding and timelines of sponsoring agencies. Learning Disabilities Services Individualized evaluation to determine eligibility for LEARNING DISABILITIES learning disability services is available at SCC. EVALUATION To find out if a learning disability is present, the student must first meet with a DSP counselor, and then the Learning Disabilities specialist to arrange for testing within the Learning Disabilities (LD) Program. LD Testing involves 10 to 14 hours, evaluating all your learning strengths and weaknesses. If the diagnosis of a learning disability has already been completed, the student should meet with the DSP counselor to provide appropriate documentation. If the student qualified for services through ELIGIBILITY another California Community College, that qualification will also apply at Solano College. If another disability is discovered, the student should return to the DSP counselor to discuss other services. If the LD evaluation indicates eligibility for LD services, the student may enroll in LD courses recommended by the Learning Specialist. Learning Skills courses are listed under DSP Supportive Instruction, page 21. Be sure to follow the Learning Specialist’s plan and meet with each instructor to discuss the accommodations needed. Mobility Services For students whose disability makes walking GOLF CART difficult, the DSP has a golf cart to transport them between classes and parking lots on the inner campus roads. (See Tram Procedures Form) The golf cart/tram can be available for periodic WHEELCHAIR transportation for students in wheelchairs; the DSP has only 2 electric scooters for loan on campus. Legal restrictions prevent us from pushing students in their wheelchairs on campus. Students who do not have an electric wheelchair and need one must acquire it through their private medical coverage. DSP counselors can assist with the referral and a letter to justify the need for an electric wheelchair. The proper way to learn how to get around on the MOBILITY FOR campus is with a trained Mobility Instructor from VISUALLY IMPAIRED the Department of Rehabilitation. While waiting for the trained Mobility Instructor, DSP staff can assist. Technology Services The Disability Services Program at SCC is committed to keeping pace with technological advances that can improve educational access for students with disabilities. We also assist in the process of making SCC computer labs in all buildings accessible to students with disabilities. Listed below are technological accommodations that we currently offer students. This equipment is available to be checked out by ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES students from the DSP office after conference with a counselor. The equipment consists of a small microphone worn by the instructor and a receiver (worn by the student) with a headphone or a loop that transmits by FM frequency. The device blocks out background noise and amplifies the sound coming from the microphone, but only for the student using the equipment. This equipment includes a keyboard-based TELE- COMMUNICATIONS transmitter and receiver for students with DEVICES FOR THE impairments of hearing, speech and language to DEAF (TTD) communicate by telephone with or from the DSP office. Plans are under construction for TDD systems to be incorporated into some of the public telephones on campus. Tape players (4-track and 2-track) are available TAPE PLAYERS for listening to taped books and can be checked out for a semester or used in the DSP office on a drop-in basis. Located within the DSP offices, the Solano HIGH TECH CENTER College High Tech Center offers assistive computer technology to students with disabilities. We offer self-paced learning in the use of word processing and spell checking software. Scan-and-read software for blind students SCAN-AND-READ SOFTWARE (Arkenstone Open Book) and learning disabled students (Kurzweil 3000) to enable individuals to read printed material without relying solely on seeing or processing the printed page. Screen reading software for blind students SCREEN READING SOFTWARE (Window-Eyes, JAWS) and for learning disabled students (Naturally Speaking) to enable the individual to edit on-screen work with aided by an audible reading of text. Voice Recognition technology (Dragon Dictate, VOICE RECOGNITION Naturally Speaking) to enable students with SOFTWARE manual dexterity or learning disability problems to enter text into computer documents entirely by voice. Screen enlargement software (ZoomText) to SCREEN ENLARGEMENT enable students with visual impairments to access the computer monitor more easily. Windows 98 accessibility technology for students WINDOWS 98 with physical and hearing impairments. ACCOMMODATION SERVICES The most appropriate method of administering TEST TAKING classroom tests depends upon the student’s disability and the design of the test. Extra time to complete tests may be allotted students with disabilities that affect Manual dexterity Vision Processing of information It is possible for DSP to administer the test in the DSP office according to the instructor’s specifications. (See Test Accommodation Procedure Form, page 25) DSP relies as much as possible on in-class high NOTE TAKERS achieving students (who may be paid if they wish) to provide note-taking services for qualified students. Students can ask their instructors to announce the need for a note taker in their classes (without identifying the student needing service). Special note taking paper (no carbon required) is available in the DSP office, and provided to the note taker. Photocopying of notes is an alternative. Sign language interpreters or real time captioners INTERPRETERS FOR THE HEARING are professionals hired by DSP to provide access IMPAIRED to lectures and discussion in the classroom. Reader services are provided for students with READERS visual impairments, reading disabilities, and some physical disabilities. Advise DSP staff well in advance of your need since the coordination of reader services requires some time to arrange. Print Material ALTERNATE MEDIA For students who find reading difficult because of a visual, physical, psychological or learning disability, Solano College employs an Alternate Media Specialist who is responsible for alternatives to print or “visual reading” mediums. Alternatives may include taped books, electronic text using a computer, Braille, large print, enlarged overheads or Power Point presentations. Instructional Videos The law now requires that students with hearing impairments be provided with closed captioned videos. Computer Information All web sites used on campus, all online courses, and all other electronic information must be made accessible to students who are blind, visually impaired, learning disabled or otherwise reading impaired For students with a visual impairment, print LARGE PRINT OR BRAILLE materials for classes can be transcribed into TRANSCRIPTIONS Braille or large print. These materials can include textbooks, handouts, tests, overheads and power point presentations. Since this process takes time, the student must submit the materials to the DSP office in a timely manner. For those who qualify, textbooks can be taped BOOKS ON TAPE OR OTHER AUDIO through Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. The FORMAT DSP office and the alternate media specialist can provide assistance with this service. However, making arrangements to obtain books on tape should be done early, about 4-6 weeks before the semester starts. Solano College is required by law to provide: INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS 1. Closed captioning of all videos for students who are deaf or hearing impaired with 2. Descriptive narration of all videos for students who are visually impaired or blind. All WEB sites used on campus, all ONLINE COMPUTER INFORMATION courses, and all other “electronic information” must be made accessible to students who are blind, visually impaired learning disabled or otherwise reading impaired. W O R K AB I L I T Y I I I S E R V I C E S Workability III is a cooperative program between Workability III the California Department of Rehabilitation and Services Solano Community College. Students with disabilities who are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation can receive Workability III Employment Services at no charge. Solano Community College students who are receiving Department of Rehabilitation Services can be referred to the Workability III Program by a Department of Rehabilitation Counselor. Workability III provides services for students in the following areas: Career Exploration Career Search Employee Portfolio Development Resume Development Interviewing Practice Job Retention Strategies Work-life Balance Job Placement Services Other Supportive Services C L AR I F I C AT I O N O F S E R V I C E S NOT PROVIDED BY DSP OFFICE DSP does not have special funding for a student’s FUNDING enrollment fees, book fees, supplies, or transportation fees. However, DSP counselors will help students connect with the Solano College Financial Aid Office and the California State Department of Rehabilitation. We will also assist in processing fee deferments for students receiving funds through worker’s compensation or private rehabilitation agencies. Remember that it can take 6 to 8 weeks for funding to be established by an agency. The office is not a place to gather socially. SOCIAL VISITS Students are welcome to meet friends and socialize at the campus student center in the 1400 building, not in the DSP office Personal attendant care services (feeding, PERSONAL ATTENDANT CARE toileting, etc.) are not considered educational IS NOT AVAILABLE support services at any community college or university, even though for many students these needs are critical to being able to attend the college. The need for attendant care is coordinated with IHSS (In Home Support Services) of the Social Services Department and the Independent Living Resources Agency. DSP staff can direct students to the right places on campus and in the community to advertise and find attendant care. DSP is a support services program for students SPECIAL EDUCATION with disabilities who are able to meet the PROGRAM IS NOT academic standards and expectations of basic AVAILABLE skill or regular college classes. This is done in the mainstream with some accommodations for the effect of the disability. We do not have “full inclusion with differential standards” as does the K-12 system. No special education classes, in the traditional sense, exist at the community college level.
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