The Orange Coast College Disabled Students' Program and Services (DSPS) was initiated in 1975 to serve students with documented and/or observable disabilities.
All services are located in the Special Services buildings (two buildings separated by a breezeway). The smaller building provides proctoring and note taking services. The larger building is where the DSPS Counselors, remedial tutoring classes (reading writing, spelling and math), Alternative Media, and High Tech Center are located.
Once a student has applied to DSPS online, and submitted their medical documentation, the next step is to request to meet with a DSPS Counselor. Conversations between the DSPS Counselor and student are confidential. During the Intake, the student and Counselor engage in an interactive process, which involves a discussion of learning barriers due to disability, and recommended academic modifications. In addition, the student and Counselor will develop a Student Education Plan, which is a document that helps map out recommended courses, as well as an Academic Accommodation Plan, to achieve set academic goals.
At any time after the Intake, students are encouraged to utilize either the drop-in or appointment process to keep DSPS updated and informed of disability-related progresses, barriers or concerns. Drop-ins are valuable for getting quick questions answered, or for getting referrals. Follow-up appointments (generally 30 minutes) are recommended if there has been a change in disability status and/or change in accommodation requirements. Students are responsible for reading and understanding their rights and responsibilities, as relate to their accommodations.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." For more information on FERPA, go to https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.
While DSPS understands family and other loved ones seeking to be actively involved in the DSPS students' academic life at OCC, DSPS highly encourages interested 3rd parties to talk to the student, if there are any accommodation-related questions.
High Tech Center
Students registered with DSPS are eligible to use the technology located in the Special Services building. Both PC and Macs are available, as are various assistive hardware and software.
At the Center, staff can train students with how to use the online course registration and fee payment system. Staff can also provide trainings on how to use unfamiliar assistive technology such as speech-to-text, text-to-speech, scanning, and other technology.
Students who have not been diagnosed with a learning disability, may be approved for LD Diagnostic Assessment by the DSPS Counselor. The LD Diagnostic Assessment process may require several appointments, and may only be provided if the DSPS Counselor determines evidence supports its' need.
Students who have documented learning disabilities, as well as those who believe they may have a learning disability, may be eligible for remedial tutoring sessions as well as other academic accommodations through DSPS. Students are encouraged to discuss academic modification needs with their DSPS Counselor, and if the tutoring classes are considered appropriate, the DSPS Counselors can assist with the course registration process.