DSPS Services

What We Offer

The Disabled Students’ Programs and Services (DSPS) office at Contra Costa College is committed to providing programs and support services to students with learning, physical, and/or psychological disabilities, to help increase their access to vocational and educational programs and opportunities at Contra Costa College.

To access services students need to apply to CCC, participate in matriculation process, complete DSPS intake packet, provide verification of disability (if available), and meet with a DSPS counselor, or LD Specialist.

Eligible accommodations are determined by student and counselor/LD specialist, and are based on each individual student’s needs. Verification of disability must be on file to determine eligibility.

What is an Academic Adjustment?

An Academic Adjustment, otherwise knows as an accommodation, is an adjustment to the way a student receives, retains or demonstrates knowledge to allow him or her equal access to education. Accommodations are prescribed based on the educational limitations or barriers that are directly caused by the disability, diagnosis or medical condition. Accommodations cannot fundamentally change academic requirements for degrees, certificates, programs, courses or assignments.

Accommodations and other services vary semester to semester depending on the institutional requirements of the class or classes and must be requested each and every semester. Accommodations must be approved by a DSPS Counselor, Supervisor or Learning Disabilities Specialist.

Early requests for testing and other accommodations are appreciated and recommended especially during finals week. Late requests for accommodations may result in delays due to availability.

Specific Services

  • Priority Registration
  • Registration Assistance
  • Referral to support services
  • Academic, and vocational counseling
  • Educational planning
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Note-taker services
  • Alternate Media
  • Equipment Loans
  • CCTV’s available on campus
  • Testing accommodations
  • Adaptive Computer Technology
  • Mobility assistance
  • Wireless microphone transmitter
  • Specialized Instruction
  • Testing for LD Eligibility (via classes or tutoring)

Mobility Impairment

Any orthopedic or physical impairment that causes a serious limitation in locomotion or motor functions in the educational environment. Some general categories and examples of mobility impairments include: impairments caused by disease, impairments caused by a congenital anomaly, impairments from other causes (such as amputation, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, repetitive disc disease and repetitive stress injury).


Visual Impairment

Total or partial loss of sight that adversely affects a student’s educational performance.

Blindness: Visual acuity of 10/200 or less in the better eye after correction; or a loss so severe that it no longer serves as a major channel for information processing.

Partial Sightedness/Low Vision: Visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after correction with vision still capable of serving as a major channel for information.

Hearing Impairment

Total deafness or a hearing loss so severe that a student is impaired in processing information through hearing, with or without amplification.

Medical deafness: a total or partial loss of hearing function so severe that it no longer serves as a major channel for information.

Hard of hearing: A functional loss in hearing which is still capable of serving as a major channel for information processing.

Learning Disability

A persistent condition of a presumed neurological impairment. This dysfunction continues despite instruction in standard classroom situations. Learning disabilities are exhibited by all the following: average to above-average intellectual ability, severe processing deficit(s), severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy(ies); and measured achievement in an instructional or employment setting. Eligibility for services under this disability must be verified using the California Community College Learning Disability Eligibility Model.

Acquired Brain Injury

An acquired injury to the brain caused by external or internal trauma, resulting in total or partial functional disability adversely affecting or limiting a student’s educational performance by impairing: cognition, information processing, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem solving; language and/or speech; memory and/or attention; sensory perceptual and/or motor abilities; psycho-social behavior; physical functions. There are many causes for ABI including stroke, aneurysm, or head injury due to accident or assault.

Developmentally Delayed Learner

A student who exhibits the following: below average intellectual function and potential for measurable achievement in instructional and employment settings.

Psychological Disability

Persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, emotional or mental illness that adversely affects educational performance. Psychological disability is a condition which is listed in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (DSM IV) or reflects a psychiatric or psychological condition that interferes with a major life activity or poses a functional limitation in the educational setting. Examples of psychological disabilities include but are not limited to Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bi-Polar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

Other Impairments

All other verifiable disabilities and health-related limitations adversely affecting educational performance but not falling into any of the other disabilities categories. Examples include environmental illness, heart conditions, sickle cell anemia, epilepsy, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), HIV, diabetes, and repetitive stress syndrome.

Temporary Disabilities

Although DSPS works primarily with students with permanent or ongoing disabilities, students with temporary disabilities due to accident, illness, surgery or other circumstances may also quality for DSPS services on a temporary basis if the disability substantially interferes with a student’s ability to participate successfully in the academic environment.