DSP&S

​Disabilities Support Program & Services

Welcome to the Disabilities Support Program & Services (DSPS) page.

 

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 a DSP&S counselor. San Jose City College provides the following services to our students with disabilities.


For more information, please contact the DSP&S Office at:

(408) 288-3746

TTY (408) 294-3447

VPhone (408) 899-5083


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. 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 SERVICES
Services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

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 talk to one of our counselors. We offer many different kinds of assistance:

Academic Counseling
Educational Plans to help you reach your goal
Career Programs
AA/AS DegreesTransfer Admission AgreementsTransfer Requirements for University of California, California State Universities, and Private Universities

Personal Counseling
Disability Management
Crisis Intervention
Liaison with California Department of Rehabilitation
Liaison with various community programs
Individual counseling to facilitate career decision making

For more Information Contact:
Mary Denham
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3869
Mary.Denham@sjcc.edu

Tom Linvill
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3834
Tom.Linvill@scc.edu 

LEARNING DISABILITY SERVICES
If 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. 3319
Kathleen.Buob@sjcc.edu

Frank Mendez, (408) 298-2181 ext. 3554
Frank.Mendez@sjcc.edu

ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
DSP&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) 288-3732
Tait.Rafat@sjcc.edu

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Students 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/ DISABILITIES

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 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

ds. 

*Protection against discrimination and harassment.

*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. 

NON-DISCRIMINATION 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.

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 Sacramento State 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.

 

 

APE Medical Referral Formhttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/APE_MED_Form revised 100214.pdfAPE Medical Referral FormDSPS Documents
Alternate Media Procedureshttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/Alt Media Procedures.pdfAlternate Media ProceduresDSPS Documents
Application for DSPShttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/Application for DSPS.pdfApplication for DSPSDSPS Documents
Equipment Loan Agreementhttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/Equipment Loan Agreement.pdfEquipment Loan AgreementDSPS Documents
Medical Documentation Request Formhttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/Medical Documentation.pdfMedical Documentation Request FormDSPS Documents
SJCC DSPS Student Handbookhttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/SJCC DSPS Student Handbook_Revised.pdfSJCC DSPS Student HandbookDSPS Documents
SJCC Faculty Handbook from DSPShttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/SJCC Faculty Handbook from DSPS_Revised.pdfSJCC Faculty Handbook from DSPSDSPS Documents
Test Taking Procedureshttp://www.sjcc.edu/DisabledStudentsProgram/Documents/Test Taking Procedures.pdfTest Taking ProceduresDSPS Documents

​Contact Us

Location

Student Center, Room SC-106
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128-2799
 

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Friday

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

 

Phone:  (408) 288-3746

TTY: (408) 294-3447 

VPhone: (866) 939-8685

 Fax:  (408) 971-8201

Staff

Roland Montemayor 
Dean of Counseling     
(408) 288-3129
Roland.Montemayor@sjcc.edu

 

Dr. Edina Rutland 
DSP&S Supervisor 
VPhone 408-831-3131
Edina.Rutland@sjcc.edu

 

Andrea Lopez
Sr. Division Administrative Assistant

(408) 288-3129
Andrea.Lopez@sjcc.edu

 

Meredith Carpenter
Program Specialist
Meredith.carpenter@sjcc.edu

 

Joanne Nakaso
Adaptive Media Technology Specialist
Joanne.Nakaso@sjcc.edu 

 

​Kathy Buob
Instructional Assistant
Kathleen.Buob@sjcc.edu

 

Mary Denham
Counselor
Mary.Denham@sjcc.edu

 

Tom Linvill
Adjunct Counselor
Tom.Linvill@sjcc.edu

 

Tait Rafat
Adapted Physical Education Instructor
Tait.Rafat@sjcc.edu 

 

Steve Corelis
Learning Strategies Instructor (Math)
Steve.Corelis@sjcc.edu

 

Kendra Keller
Interpreter Coordinator
Kendra.Keller@sjcc.edu

 

Donna Wirt
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Donna.Wirt@sjcc.edu        

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