Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) provides confidential, no-cost services for students age 18 years or older. Participation is voluntary. Accommodations and services including assistive technology are available so students can participate as fully as possible in classes and programs. Support and access for students with disabilities is mandated by Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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.
Accommodations and Services
DSPS counselors provide support and accommodations to help students in their educational programs. Accommodations are determined on an individualized basis and provision may take up to one month. 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
For enrollment or information, please contact any of the following campuses and make an appointment with a DSPS Counselor:CE at Mesa College619-388-1952César Chávez Campus619-388-1910Educational Cultural Complex619-388-4812Mid-City Campus619-388-4500North City Campus619-388-1800West City Campus619-388-1873
For general questions, please contact the Dean of DSPS:Continuing Education at Mesa College7350 Armstrong PlaceSan Diego, CA 92111619-388-1965 (voice)
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, CE at Mesa and West City 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.