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American River College's Disabled Student Programs & Services is specifically designed to open the doors to educational opportunity for students with disabilities. Our purpose is to provide an equal opportunity for students to gain the maximum benefit from their educational experiences. The philosophy of DSPS is to encourage independence and personal empowerment.
Specialized services and academic accommodations are provided to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities to help them achieve successful completion of their college goals.
NEW STUDENTS - WHERE TO BEGIN:
In order to initiate services with the Disabled Student Programs and Services office, please complete the following:
- Complete the application to attend American River College. If you need assistance with the application, you may visit the eServices office for support, or you may also complete the application in the Assistive Technology Lab in the DSPS Office.
- Complete the online orientation to American River College.
- Complete the English & Math assessment tests at American River College Assessment Center located in the Student Services Building next to the Financial Aid office.
- Obtain copies of records verifying your disability. Students must apply to the program and submit copies of disability verification documents to DSPS in order to receive services. Your documentation should specify your disability diagnosis and ideally, any disability related educational or functional limitations. You may use the Disability Verification Form to bring to your healthcare provider to complete with information about your disability. Common forms of disability verification include:
a. A note from your healthcare provider stating your disability,
b. Medical records containing the diagnosis of a disability,
c. A note from your psychologist/counselor identifying your disability diagnosis,
d. Records from high school documenting your disability such as an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or Psychoeducational Evaluation,
e. Previous Learning Disability / cognitive testing results, or
f. Other similar documentation to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
- Complete the Application for DSPS Services and submit both items to the DSPS Office at American River College. We encourage students to submit these materials in person at our Front Counter; however, students may mail or fax the materials to the DSPS Office using the contact information provided on each form. However, there may be a 24-hour delay in processing documents submitted via fax or mail once they are received.
- Once your materials have been reviewed by our Front Counter, you may schedule an appointment with one of our DSPS Counselors to initiate services. your first appointment will focus on your academic goals, impact of your disability, and what services/accommodations are appropriate. You and your counselor will develop an educational plan and a student educational contract documenting the classes you intend to take to complete your goals and the services and accommodations your counselor approved.
In most circumstances, the Front Counter can provide a letter of accommodation using your previous accommodations at your request. However, students who've already initiated services within the program must still see a DSPS Counselor at least once per year in order to maintain services. You may wish to see a counselor more frequently should you have unmet accommodation needs or other questions. Please contact the Front Counter to schedule counseling appointments.
For more information, or to schedule a counseling appointment please contact us at (916) 484-8382.