How to Apply for DSPS Services

New Students

If you are new to DSPS, you begin by meeting with a DSPS Counselor. Please call 510-748-2328 to schedule an appointment. If you want information about a specific program, you can also contact any DSPS faculty or staff member listed on our staff directory.

What to Bring to Your First Appointment

  1. You should bring your most current written verification of disability, medical report, Department of Rehabilitation Plan or Learning Disabilities Assessment. If you think you have a disability but don’t currently have documentation, please discuss that with the counselor. You may be eligible for specialized assessment.

  2. Your Student ID#

  3. List of Questions

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out paperwork. If you must cancel, please call as soon as possible. If you do cancel, be aware that it may take a while before another appointment is available.

Continuing Students

Continuing students who have already submitted disability documentation to DSPS should meet with a DSPS counselor each semester to review progress, enroll in classes, evaluate effectiveness of accommodations, and arrange for accommodations for the following semester. You may also enroll on-line, but we recommend that you meet with a DSPS counselor to choose appropriate classes. In addition, if you are enrolling in DSPS classes, you will need to register through DSPS. You will also need to arrange for accommodations through your DSPS counselor.

Returning Students

If you have been away for more than 5 years, your file may have been discarded. You must register with DSPS as a new student by resubmitting documentation of disability. (See NEW STUDENTS above).

Summary of Procedures to Request Academic Accommodations

(DSPS staff are available to assist with the process.)

  1. Student makes contact with DSPS and asks for accommodations.

  2. Student provides DSPS with documentation of disability or is referred to the Learning Disability Specialist for testing. The documentation must be from an agency or licensed or certified professional who is qualified to evaluate the student’s disability and the effect it has on the learning process.

  3. If the student is eligible for services, the DSPS counselor, in consultation with the student, identifies educational limitations, determines academic accommodations, and completes the Student Educational Contract.

  4. With the student’s consent, DSPS sends the instructor the Academic Accommodations Form. If testing accommodations are authorized, the student will bring the Exam Proctoring Request form to the instructor to be signed.

  5. DSPS assists instructor in providing accommodations.

  6. Students must request accommodations in advance of each semester.

Please note:  Before you discuss accommodations with faculty, you should have already submitted documentation to DSPS. Instructional faculty are not expected to evaluate disability documentation. By law they are not required, nor advised, to provide accommodations unless the student has submitted the necessary documentation to the college. If you have not given documentation to DSPS, the instructor should refer you back to DSPS to talk with a counselor.

* Very occasionally a student chooses to submit documentation through the 504/ADA Coordinator; at the College of Alameda that person is the Vice President of Student Services. However, DSPS will still need to evaluate disability documentation and discuss the request for accommodations with the student.