Student Accessibility Services

STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES (SAS) Program

Welcome to the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Program

We are here to help you succeed!

We provide support services to meet your individual needs. Eligibility for specific services is based on the recommendation of an SAS counselor. 


To Begin the Process

If you are seeking services, you will need to meet eligibility criteria. A physical, mental, learning, or sensory disability that qualifies for academic accommodations under the law must be verified by a credentialed, certified, or licensed professional. An SAS Counselor will guide you through the intake and verification process. To begin the process, complete the SAS Application and submit it along with your medical documentation of your disability to the SAS office.  

 

MISSION STATEMENT The Mission of the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Program is to provide specialized support services and instruction which allow students with educational or functional limitations to equitably benefit from the College experience and meet their academic goal at San Jose City College (SJCC).


SAS SERVICES

Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alternate media 

  • Specialized Academic & Disability Support Counseling

  • Support Strategies

  • Equipment loans

  • Note Takers and No Carbon Required (NCR paper)

  • Sign Language Interpreters and Real-Time Captioners

  • Test taking accommodations 


For more information on how we can help you, please see below!

SPECIALIZED COUNSELING
Whether you need help with planning your classes, transferring to a university, or a disability-related issue, call, e-mail or make an appointment to speak with one of our SAS counselors.
Below is a list of some of the specialized counseling services students may receive: 

Academic Counseling

  • Educational Plans to help reach your academic goal
  • Career Programs
  • AA/AS Degrees and Transfer Requirements for University of California (UC) and California State Universities (CSU) and Private Universities
  • Admission Agreements

Personal Counseling

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Liaison with California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Liaison with various community programs
  • Individual counseling to facilitate career decision making

For more Information Contact on of the SAS Counselors:

LEARNING DISABILITY SERVICES
If you think you may have a learning disability make an appointment with an SAS counselor to see if a Learning Disability (LD) assessment is recommended. SAS Counselors and the Learning Disabilities Specialist can recommend special courses which will help you with learning strategies, reading, math, and writing. They can also recommend accommodations that will support your academic success.
For more information, please contact the main office at 408.288.3746.

COMPUTER LAB AND ALTERNATE MEDIA

The SAS Computer Lab (Located in the Learning Resource Center L-119) can provide you with an evaluation and training in the use of computer technology.  The lab offers specialized software and adaptive technology.  In addition to scheduled classes, the lab has open hours.

The following highlights the Lab’s offerings:

Adapted Computer Access Evaluations: for the ability to access screen, keyboard or programs and ability to benefit from services.

Text/Screen Reader: turns text into high-quality speech for those with visual and learning disabilities.

Screen enlargers: provide a means for students with low vision to see what is displayed on the monitor.

Alternate Media: provide qualified students with access to course materials in an alternate format including e-text.

Training: shows the student how to use text-to-speech software, including WYNN and voice-activated software.

Assistive Technology: Screen Enlargers, Voice Activation Software (and training), Braille Keyboard, Text Enlarger (CCTV), Text Readers(Jaws, WYNN), Alternate Media workshops and training.
We offer Computer Classes, too.

For more information, please Contact:
ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

SAS offers Adapted Physical Education (APE) classes to help students with functional limitations reach individual fitness and conditioning goals in a supportive and safe place. APE classes meet the requirements for SJCC's Associate degree and transfer credits toward a Bachelor degree.  Additionally, SAS offers non-credit APE classes (non-transferrable/degree applicable).  Students will need to have anAdapted Physical Education Medical Referral Form certified by a Health Care Professional.
For more information contact:

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Students receiving SAS services are expected to:

  • Provide the SAS office with the information, documentation and/or forms (medical, educational, etc) deemed necessary by SAS to verify my limitation (s).
  •  Meet with a SAS professional to complete a Student Educational Contract, and agree to meet with the professional at least once per semester to update the Student Educational Contract
  • Utilize SAS services in a responsible manner.  I understand that the SAS services uses written service provision policies and procedures that students must adhere to for continuation of services
  • Comply with the SJCC Student Code of Conduct.

YOUR RIGHTS AS A STUDENT WITH EDUCATIONAL LIMITATIONS
In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as revised (29 U.S.C. 794), The American Disabilities Act 28 CFR 35.102-35.104, CA Assembly Bill 803 Government Code Section 11135 et, seq., and Title V, section 56008 of CA Education Code a student with disabilities has the right to:

*Voluntary participation in the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Program  and Services.

*Confidentiality and disclosure of student records.

*Access to college classes, programs, activities, services, and facilities to facilitate learning. The college will make every reasonable effort to provide access.

*Access in the student's preferred mode, i.e. Braille, verbal transcription, sign language, etc. Deaf students have the right to an interpreter with whom they have clear communication. 

*Integrated setting with other students who are not disabled. A student can request an appropriate accommodation to facilitate participation in class and campus activities. 

*Protection against discrimination based on association with a person with a disability. As a friend or companion of a student with a disability, a student should not be treated differently from other students who are non-disabled. 

*Safety requirements based on actual risks, not speculation or stereotype. 

*Participate in campus activities, class demonstrations, or laboratory experiments to the extent that a disability does not pose a risk to the student or other students.

*Request academic adjustments to facilitate student participation in class work and campus activities. 

*Modification in policies unless the modification fundamentally alters the nature of the services or activities.

*Request changes in class or campus policies to facilitate the student participation in class and campus activities. The request will be evaluated regarding​ how the modification might affect course standards.

*Participate in class and campus activities without being harassed or discriminated against. If a student feels that he/she is the target of discriminatory treatment, the student can file a complaint with the 504/Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator or Office of Civil Rights. 

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

San Jose/Evergreen Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, organizational affiliation, political beliefs or status as a Vietnam-era Veteran. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admissions to or participation in vocational education programs. SJECCD is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 as amended, Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

CALIFORNIA STATE LAWS
AB 422 states: “A publisher or manufacturer of instructional materials offered for adoption or sale in California is required to comply with specified requirements, including providing to the state, at no cost, the right to transcribe, reproduce, and distribute the material in Braille, large print, recordings, or other accessible media for use by pupils with visual disabilities. This right includes computer diskette versions of instructional materials if made available to any other state, and those corrections and revisions as may be necessary."
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): IDEA requires public primary and secondary schools to make available to all eligible children with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their individual needs. IDEA requires public school systems to develop appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEP's) for each child. The specific special education and related services outlined in each IEP reflect the individualized needs of each student. IDEA also mandates that particular procedures be followed in the development of the IEP. Each student's IEP must be developed by a team of knowledgeable persons and must be at least reviewed annually. The team includes the child's teacher; the parents, subject to certain limited exceptions; the child, if determined appropriate; an agency representative who is qualified to provide or supervise the provision of special education; and other individuals at the parents' or agency's discretion. If parents disagree with the proposed IEP, they can request a due process hearing and a review from the State educational agency if applicable in that state. They also can appeal the State agency's decision to State or Federal courts

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Section 504 prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities in primary, secondary and post secondary schools receiving federal financial assistance.
Section 508 - Web Page Accessibility: Accessibility regarding Web design refers to facilitating the use of technology for people with disabilities. Providing equivalent access to Web sites for all students, faculty, and staff at San Jose City College is required by SB302. This Senate Bill extends the requirements of Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act to the California State University.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA): ADA is a law that was passed to ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in four areas:

Employment
State and local activities (including public transportation)
Public accommodations
Telecommunications


ADA rights include both individuals who have a disability and those who have a relationship or association with someone who has a disability. (The ADA defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or a history or record of such impairment, or a perception by others of having such impairment.”) Education

 
ADA Title I—Employment: The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment. To be protected by the ADA, a person must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. 
An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such impairment.

Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant's disability before a job offer is made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship.

Title I complaints must be filed with the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the date of discrimination, or 300 days if the charge is filed with a designated State or local fair employment practice agency. Individuals may file a lawsuit in Federal court only after they receive a "right-to-sue" letter from the EEOC. Charges of employment discrimination on the basis of disability may be filed at any U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission field office. Field offices are located in 50 cities throughout the U.S. and are listed in most telephone directories under "U.S. Government."

 

ADA Title II: Prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities in all educational institutions which receive funding from a state or local governmental entity.

ADA Title III: Prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities in private schools.

​Contact Us

Location:

Student Center, SC-106
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm* 

Friday:

8:30 am-1:00 pm*

*For services outside  the office hours, 
​please call the office 
for an appointment.

Contact Info:

Phone:  408.288.3746

TTY: 408.294.3447 

V-Phone: 408.565.8640

 Fax:  408.971.8201

Staff

Dr. Eliazer Ayala-Austin--Dean of Counseling 408. 288.3129

Dr. Edina Rutland--SAS Associate Director 

V-Phone 408-831-3131

Andrea Lopez--Sr. Division Administrative Assistant​              408. 288.3129

Melissa Salera--Deaf Services Coordinator 

Joanne Nakaso--Adaptive Media Technology Specialist

Chong Yang--Assistive Services Specialist 

Elizabeth Burke--Instructional Support Assistant

Mary Denham--SAS Counselor

Soraya Sandoval--SAS Counselor

Kara Cattivera--SAS Adjunct Counselor

Frank Mendez--SAS Adjunct Instructor

Tait Rafat--Adapted Physical Education Instructor

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