What is the Special Programs and Services?
Special Programs and Services provides support services for students with disabilities. Students with physical, learning and psychological disabilities choose Orange Coast College for its accessible campus and the many services available through Special Programs and Services.
What is our philosophy?
The philosophy at Orange Coast College is that every student should have the opportunity to realize his/her greatest potential in pursuit of higher education. Students with disabilities have the same needs, interests and strengths as all individuals.
What is our mission?
Our mission is to offer quality programs and services empowering students with disabilities to access and engage in educational activities at the College.
What support is provided?
To assist our disabled students, the Special Programs and Services staff is available to provide a wide range of supportive services to help compensate for limitations that the disabled student may have. The primary objective is to integrate persons with disabilities into the general college community. All special support services for students with disabilities must relate to the specific disability of the student. As an example, a student who has use of his/her upper extremities but uses a wheelchair may not be eligible for note taking assistance or extended time on tests. The appropriate support service will be determined by the Disabled Students’ Center counselor.
Students may qualify for counseling, interpreters, registration assistance, specialized equipment, test proctoring and many other services. Disabled students also have access to computer support services through the High Tech Center. Students must provide verification of their disability from a physician or other appropriate professional in order to receive services.
General Support Services offered through Special Programs & Services
- Academic Counseling
- Vocational Counseling
- Priority Registration
- Liaison with Community Agencies
- Liaison with Campus Agencies
Administration (714) 432-5042
Adapted PE (714) 432-5528
Disabled Students’ Center (714) 432-5807
-DSC TDD (714) 432-5604
-FAX (714) 432-5557
High Tech Center (714) 432-5505
Learning Center (714) 432-5535
-FAX (714) 432-5589
Media Access (714) 432-5073
Rights and Responsibilities
1. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Orange Coast College will take all necessary steps to ensure that no student with a verified disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in an education program because of the absence of auxiliary aids or academic accommodations.
2. Participation by students with disabilities in Orange Coast College’s Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) shall be entirely voluntary.
3. A student with a verified disability may be entitled to auxiliary aids or academic accommodations. The decision for authorization of such accommodations is the responsibility of the Dean of Special Programs and Services, learning specialist or counselor after a review of documentation verifying the disability and any resulting educational limitations.
4. Each student has the right to privacy of his/her confidential information. No information held by the Orange Coast College DSP&S will be released without written permission of the student.
Students may have services terminated from the DSP&S for any of the following reasons:
1. Failure to provide information from an appropriate professional to verify the students’ disability.
2. Failure of the student to complete and sign the Student Education Plan/Contract.
3. Failure to complete the required testing to determine eligibility in the learning disabilities program.
4. Interpreter services are provided through Golden West College. Students using interpreter services must notify both Golden West College and Orange Coast College of any absences at least 24 hours in advance. Upon the first unreported absence, the interpreter will be canceled for the next class. The student must discuss the unreported absence with the DSP&S counselor before interpreter services are resumed. If the student accumulates three unreported absences, interpreter services may be terminated for the semester.
5. Students utilizing reader or tutoring services must notify the service provider in advance of any absences. Three unexcused absences will result in termination of services.
6. Students attending special classes (i.e., Adapted P.E. and Learning Skills) are subject to being dropped from these classes when they exceed three absences.
7. Students must conform to the college’s code of conduct. Students not conforming to this code will be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.
8. Students not making measurable progress toward the goals established in the Student Education Plan/Contract may have services terminated.
9. Students enrolled in regular classes must meet the academic standards established by the college. Failure to meet these standards may result in suspension from the college.
Students who do not comply with the DSP&S policy described above will be notified in writing of the suspension of services. The student may appeal the suspension of services by contacting the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Olivia Martinez, Disabled Student Services and Program Coordinator, Special Services Center at (714) 432-5042, and presenting any mitigating circumstances related to his/her case.