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Without the power of sight? Let us empower you. Our staff will help you to function within the college environment by building self esteem and assisting you, the student, to perform independently. We will help you to function academically within a college environment by providing all the support services at our disposal.
To determine eligibility and request services, the student must first set up an appointment with a DSPS counselor who will assist the student with determining his/her accommodation needs. A Service Request Form is then generated and sent to the appropriate Service Provider (e.g. Alternate Media, Auxiliary & Blind/Visually Impaired Office, Deaf Services). The Service Provider processes the request and makes contact with the student regarding the outcome of the services needed.
An In-Class Aide may assist the student with a variety of functions related to the academic activities taking place within the classroom environment. Functions include note taking and "hands-on" assistance in computer and laboratory classes.
Students who do not need "hands-on" academic assistance (In-class Aide) but have difficulty taking notes due to a perceptual, motor or cognitive impairment may require the assistance of a Notetaker. The student is responsible for locating their own Notetaker who must be registered in the student's class and in a minimum of six units.
NOTE: Please stop by or contact the Auxiliary & Blind/Visually Impaired Office (916.484.8557) for further instructions or assistance.
Outside of the classroom environment, an Out-of-Class Aide provides "hands-on" assistance to the student who is engaged in conducting research for a paper in the library or processing information on the computer in a lab. Also, an Out-of-Class Aide might be requested for an activity such as a campus scavenger hunt in which the instructor sends his/her students outside of the classroom to visit different departments in search of particular information.
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning with the Spring 2010 semester, Tutoring Services will no longer be offered through DSPS. Exceptions may be made on a case by case evaluation.