DSPS Faculty Handbook
- Mission of DSPS
- Legal Foundations for Academic Accommodations
- What the Law Requires: Equal, not Preferential, Treatment
- What the Law Does Not Require
- Brief History of DSPS at COA
- Is DSPS the Same as Special Education?
- Who is Eligible for Services?
- Services Provided to Students
- Process for Students to Receive DSPS Services
- Students’ Rights to Confidentiality
- What are Academic Accommodations?
- What is the Instructor’s Role in Providing Accommodations?
- Testing Accommodations at COA
- Is Extended Time on Tests Unfair?
- Accommodations and Academic Standards
- Failing Grades: May Faculty Give a Failing Grade to a Student with a Disability?
- What Constitutes a Fundamental Alteration?
- Disagreements about Accommodations
- Are Faculty Expected to Accommodate Disruptive Behavior?
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Helping All Students Succeed: Using Universal Design Principles in Instruction
- How to Refer Students to DSPS
- What Do You Say After You Say Hello? A Guide to Disability Etiquette
- Specific Disabilities: Special Considerations for Working with Students with Specific Disabilities
- Appendix A – Legal Foundations for Academic Accommodations
- Appendix B – Technology Available in the Adapted Computer Learning Center
- Appendix C – Learning Strategies for Students with Different Learning Styles
- Appendix D – Student Self Quiz Regarding Diagnostic Testing
The Mission of College of Alameda is to serve the educational needs of its diverse
community by providing comprehensive and flexible programs and resources that
empower students to achieve their goals.