Disabilities Support Program & Services
Welcome to the Disabilities Support Program & Services (DSPS) page.
We provide support services to meet your individual needs. Eligibility for specific services is based on the recommendation of a DSP&S counselor. San Jose City College provides the following services to our students with disabilities.
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. A DSP&S Counselor will guide you through the intake and verification process.To begin the process, complete the DSP&S Application and submit it along with your medical documentation of your disability to DSP&S.
MISSION STATEMENT The Mission of the Disabilities Support Program and Services is to provide specialized support services and instruction which allow students with disabilities to fully access and benefit from the general offerings and services of San Jose City College.
Students with disabilities who receive specialized support are persons with exceptional needs enrolled at the San Jose City College because of a verified disability. These students cannot fully benefit from the general education classes, activities, and services without specific additional accommodations, specialized services and/or educational programs.
DSPS SERVICESServices may include, but are not limited to, the following:
SPECIALIZED COUNSELINGWhether you need help with planning your classes, transferring to a university, or a disability-related issue, call, e-mail or make an appointment to talk to one of our counselors. We offer many different kinds of assistance:
Academic CounselingEducational Plans to help you reach your goalCareer ProgramsAA/AS DegreesTransfer Admission AgreementsTransfer Requirements for University of California, California State Universities, and Private Universities
Personal CounselingDisability ManagementCrisis InterventionLiaison with California Department of RehabilitationLiaison with various community programsIndividual counseling to facilitate career decision makingFor more Information Contact:Mary DenhamMary.Denham@sjcc.edu Tom LinvillTom.Linvill@scc.edu Mark TabernaMark.Taberna@scc.edu
LEARNING DISABILITY SERVICESIf you think you may have a learning disability make an appointment with a DSP&S counselor to see if an LD assessment is recommended. Counselors and the learning specialist can recommend special courses which will help you with learning strategies, reading, basic math and writing. They can also recommend the accommodations that will help you.For more information, please contact the main office at(408) 288-3746.
COMPUTER LAB AND ALTERNATE MEDIA
The DSP&S 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 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 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: Kathy Buob, (408) 298-2181 ext. 3319Kathleen.Buob@sjcc.edu
Frank Mendez, (408) 298-2181 ext. 3554Frank.Mendez@sjcc.edu
ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATIONDSP&S APE offers classes to help students with disabilities reach individual fitness and conditioning goals in a place that’s safe and supportive. Each Adapted PE class (APE 056E and APE) meets the elective requirements for San Jose City College associate degree and transfer credits toward a bachelor degree. For More Information Contact:Tait Rafat(408) 288-3732Tait.Rafat@sjcc.edu
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIESStudents with disabilities are responsible for informing the Disabilities Support Program and Services (DSP&S) Office of Disabilities that they require accommodations in their educational process. Students with disabilities must first contact the DSP&S office to make an appointment with a Disabilities Support Program and Services counselor to assess the nature of the disability and accommodations. The student will be required to provide verification of the disability. After providing documentation of the disability that requires an academic adjustment or accommodation, the student will consult with one of the Disabilities Support Program and Services counselors about registering with the DSP&S program.Students with disabilities must maintain the same responsibility for their education as other students. These responsibilities include maintaining the academic integrity of courses and behaving appropriately in the classroom and on campus.
YOUR RIGHTS AS A STUDENT W/ DISABILITIESIn 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 Disabilities Support 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 to 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 theservices or activities.
*Request changes inclass or campus policies to facilitate the student participation in class and campus activities. Request will be evaluated in terms of how the modification might affect course standar
*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.
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.
CALIFORIA 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 court.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 in terms of Web design generally 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 who has 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.
Student Center, Room SC-1062100 Moorpark Avenue San Jose, CA 95128-2799
Monday - Thursday8:30 am - 5:30 pm*
Friday8:00 am - 1:30 pm*
For services outside the office hours, please call the office for an appointment.
Phone: (408) 288-3746
TTY: (408) 294-3447
VPhone: (408) 899-5083
Fax: (408) 971-8201
Dr. Eliazer Ayala-AustinInterim Dean of Counseling (408) 288-3129Eliazer.Ayala-Austin@sjcc.edu
Dr. Edina Rutland DSP&S Supervisor VPhone 408-831-3131Edina.Rutland@sjcc.edu
Andrea Lopez Sr. Division Administrative Assistant (408) 288-3129Andrea.Lopez@sjcc.edu
Meredith CarpenterProgram SpecialistMeredith.Carpenter@sjcc.edu
Joanne Nakaso Adaptive Media Technology SpecialistJoanne.Nakaso@sjcc.edu
Kathy BuobInstructional AssistantKathleen.Buob@sjcc.edu
Tom Linvill Adjunct CounselorTom.Linvill@sjcc.edu
Mark Taberna Adjunct CounselorMark.Taberna@sjcc.edu
Physical Education Instructor
Learning Strategies Instructor (Math)
Frank Mendez Adjunct Faculty
Melissa SvihovecInterpreter CoordinatorSJCCDeafServices@sjcc.edu
Mark Nordstrom Interpreter CoordinatorSJCCDeafServices@sjcc.edu