Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes. It shows you have been served through a K-12 district therefore demonstrating prior history of disability services. However, CCC DSP&S may need additional verification from a licensed medical professional in determining additional academic accommodations.

Maybe. High School Special Education programs are legally required to provide whatever service, accommodation, or modification that is needed for the student to be successful. Colleges are required by law to provide “equal access” to education. Access is provided through reasonable accommodations. Furthermore, college course curriculum cannot be modified to alter the fundamental nature of the course.

No. Services needed to assist a person with activities of daily living are the responsibility of the individual, not the college. See DSP&S for the most recent Attendant Care Policy.

No. The student has the responsibility to self-identify to the DSP&S office and go through the DPS&S intake process. Students are encouraged to provide instructors with their Faculty Notification Letter via AIM the first 2 weeks of the semester.

Yes. All accommodations granted must be related to the student’s disability related limitations and based on the student’s documentation of disabilities and a discussion with the DSP&S counselor.

No. It is the college’s responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations at no cost to registered and eligible students with disabilities.

A student must meet with a DSP&S counselor to determine appropriate accommodations. As with all accommodations they will be individually determined for appropriateness in relationship to disability-related limitations and course requirements. See Testing Services, for additional information.

Yes. Section 504, Subpart E of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), states specifically that a post-secondary institution may not impose rules that prohibit the use of recorders in the classroom for students with disabilities.

No. Extended time is a reasonable accommodation for a student with a disability whose documentation specifically calls for that accommodation. The institution is required to ensure that the student is provided additional time to complete tests in order to provide an equal opportunity for that student. Ask for more information on the CCC Testing Accommodation process by visiting the Testing Center webpage

No. Academic requirements that the institution can show are essential to the student’s course of study do not have to be modified or accommodated. In other words, the institution would not have to change a requirement if it could demonstrate that such a change would fundamentally alter the nature of the course.

Yes. Accommodations ensure “access,” not necessarily “success.”

Yes. See Learning Disability Assessment Testing for additional information.

Yes. They may be eligible for priority registration if their disability-related limitations warrant it and they are in need of accommodations and/or services in the educational setting.

ASL Interpretation on DSPS - Frequently Asked Questions