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Disabled Student Programs and Services

Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSP&S) is designed to provide specialized services and accommodations that assist students with documented physical, psychological and learning disabilities reach their maximum potential while achieving their educational goals. Students with disabilities must "self identify" and request services from DSP&S for services to be initiated.

Contact Telephone: 559-325-5230 

DSP&S Eligibility

Students who have temporary or permanent disabilities that affect academic functioning may be eligible for a variety of support services. The following are the eligibility requirements:

  1. Students receiving services through Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) must have an impairment which is verified and is determined to result in an educational limitation by appropriate DSP&S professional staff. (Title 5 Regulations, Section 56006.)
  2. Eligible disabilities include physical, vision, ADHD, hard of hearing and deaf, learning, mental health, acquired brain impairment, intellectually delayed learner and any other disabilities which limit one or more major life activities and which imposes an educational limitation (Title 5 Regulations, Section 56032-56044, 56002).
  3. Students wishing to participate in special programs and services offered through the program are required to complete an intake interview and, if necessary, additional testing to establish eligibility
  4. All required program paperwork and disability verification forms must be completed prior to participation in programs and/or services offered by the DSP&S.

Disabilities Served

The types of disabilities served by DSP&S include, but are not limited to Arthritis, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, Back Injury, Blind/Visually Impaired, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Hemiplegic, Hemophilia, Learning Disability, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Obesity, Paraplegic, Polio, Psychological, Quadriplegic, Speech impaired, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

To request services, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to Clovis Community College.
  2. Complete a Clovis Community College Assessment Test for reading, writing, and math placement.
  3. Complete the Clovis Community College Online Orientation.
  4. Gather Disability Documentation (i.e., IEP, 504 plan, ITP, etc.) and/or have an appropriate medical professional complete a Disability Verification form. Mental Health Disability Verification and/or Medical Disability Verification .
  5. Prepare a folder containing Assessment Test results, Online Orientation Certificate of Completion, Disability Documentation, and any other additional academic/disability paperwork (i.e., high school/other college transcripts, psychological testing, learning disability assessment, etc.) to aid DSP&S to appropriately determine/advise programs and services for the applicant.
  6. Download, print, and complete the DSP&S Initial Intake Packet.
  7. Call 559-325-5230 to schedule an intake appointment with a DSP&S counselor to verify disability and discuss disability related programs, services, and accommodations. Applicants should print and complete the DSP&S Initial Intake Packet prior to attending their intake appointment.

Academic Accommodations

The following are academic accommodations available through Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSP&S). Academic accommodations are assessed using the medical documentation provided and are determined by the DSP&S professional based on the disability verified and the resulting educational limitations.

  • Academic Advising
  • Adaptive Computer Software
  • Alternate Formats for textbooks
  • Academic Accommodations with Instructors
  • Alternate Media
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Learning Disability Assessment & Strategies
  • Liaison & Referral to Campus and Community Resources
  • Audio Recorder
  • Notetakers
  • Priority Registration
  • Accessible Parking
  • Scan and read stations
  • Test Accommodations
  • Counseling services related to disability, academic, vocational and/or career

Student Responsibilities

The following is a brief overview of the responsibilities students using Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) must follow and the service limitations within DSP&S. For details about DSP&S student responsibilities and service limitations please consult your copy of the DSP&S Policies and Procedures form contained in the DSP&S Initial Intake packet.

  • Students must possess the ability to respond appropriately to questions, follow directions, and demonstrate the potential to profit from instruction.
  • Students are expected to follow the Code of Student Conduct established by the college (a copy of the Code of Student Conduct and Student Bill of Rights is available in the Student Services Center).
  • Students are expected to show the proper respect for faculty, staff and other students. Rudeness, name-calling and obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.
  • Students must demonstrate disability-related appropriate adaptive behavior (Title 5 Regulations, Section 56004).
  • Students receiving special services (e.g., interpreting, test assistance) must notify the Disabled Student Programs and Services office of their absence prior to the time these special services are scheduled. Two failures to do so may result in the suspension of these special services.
  • Students must demonstrate annual measurable academic progress (Title 5 Regulations, Section 56024). Failure to do so may result in the suspension of service.
  • Students are to assume personal responsibility for taking any medications.
  • The individual student and/or other non-college agencies shall be responsible for the provision of personal attendant care. Disabled Student Programs and Services staff will not provide this service [Title 5 Regulations, Section 56000 (d)].

The learning disability program at Clovis Community College Center includes two main service components.

LEARNING DISABILITY TESTING

First, the learning disability specialist conducts assessments of students and/or reviews previous testing to determine eligibility for services utilizing the Learning Disability Eligibility Model established by the state chancellor’s office. For students who do not qualify services under the Learning Disability criteria, the learning disability specialist may refer such students for further assessment for disabilities such as ADD or ADHD.

STUDY STRATEGIES TRAINING & ASSISTANCE

Second, consultation with students and the DSP&S counselor is done to recommend appropriate accommodations and to establish study strategies. Students may meet with individually with the LD specialist or in small groups to practice study strategies.

For additional information refer to the DSP&S student handbook (PDF)

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