Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) assists San Diego Continuing Education to meet the requirements of federal laws (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act) and SDCCD policy by ensuring access to equal educational opportunities. Academic adjustments and modifications are determined for each student by an interactive process with a DSPS counselor.
The DSPS mission is to offer a variety of classes and services designed to facilitate the success of students with disabilities in reaching their educational, personal, and vocational goals.
Students enrolled in Continuing Education must provide documentation of a disability from an appropriate licensed professional to be eligible for DSPS services. Disabilities can include (but are not limited to):
- Learning Disability (LD)
- Physical Disability
- Psychological Disability
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Visual Disability
- Acquired Brain Impairment (ABI)
- Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Other disabling conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Diabetes, Epilepsy, etc.
Academic Adjustments and DSPS Services
DSPS counselors partner with students to determine what academic adjustments will provide access to a program of study. Accommodations are determined on an individualized basis. Examples of accommodations may include:
- Educational and disability counseling
- Liaison with faculty
- Community referrals
- Sign language interpreters
- Speech-to-text services
- Adapted computer work stations
- Enlarged print
- Modified testing environment
- Extended time for testing
- Text in audio format
- Registration assistance
- Small group instruction
- Learning Disability eligibility assessment
- Referral to Workability III
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program
The ABI program(s) provide students with the tools needed to achieve their goals in important areas of daily life, including (but not limited to): interpersonal relationship, vocation, education and community activities. SDCE offers ABI program classes through the Educational Cultural Complex, and CE at Mesa campuses.
WorkAbility III provides comprehensive career counseling services to students with disabilities. Services meet specific needs as they relate to counseling and support for Job Training/Certificate Programs; career exploration; work experience; internships; job search resource; on-the-job accommodation, and job retention.
Workability is a partnership between the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). Students must be a client of DOR, and enrolled in a Continuing Education class to access this service.