Disabled Student Services Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for Disabled Student Services one must:

  1. Complete an Application for Services
  2. Complete a Student Educational Contract
  3. Provide professional documentation of a disability, including functional limitations, signed by an appropriate professional.
  4. The documented disability must substantially limit one or more major life activities and present a barrier to the learning process.
  5. Students receiving services through DSPS must be enrolled in classes at Contra Costa College.

It is the student’s responsibility to request their accommodations through DSPS every semester while at Contra Costa College.

Assessment + Documentation

Professional documentation of a disability is essential for determining barriers in education and providing accommodations or services. It should be current and include enough information to assist the DSPS department to determine the accommodations needed to permit equal access to educational opportunities. Documentation can be obtained through assessment by one of our Learning Disability or DSPS Counselors. Colleges and universities require disability documentation that shows the student has a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

If the student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from high school, new or additional documentation may be required because the ADA and 504 laws differ from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which only applies to students with disabilities in K-12 education.

Services are provided to students with a wide range of disabilities which include: