SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES by WQ64Ogg

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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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