Eligibility for Services


Students enrolled at College of Alameda who have a documented permanent or temporary disability* may be eligible for DSPS services.

Verified Disabilities served include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blindness and Partial or Low Vision
  • Chronic Health Conditions
  • Deafness and Hearing Loss
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Mobility Impairment

The ADA considers the following as disabilities only under certain conditions:

  • Pregnancy (only when it fits the definition of a disability)
  • Obesity (when there are resulting functional limitations)
  • Substance Abuse (only when in recovery)

*A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including but not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment, 2009).


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.