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DisAbled Students Program & Services
Dr. Howard Irvin, Student Services Vice President
Student Services Building, Room 117
323-241-5480
323-241-5482
DSPS@lasc.edu

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DisAbled Students Program & Services

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Welcome to DisAbled Students Program & Services office!

We are so glad you are here! We at LASC’s DisAbled Students Program & Services (DSPS) want to make sure all students have what they need to do their best while attending LASC. If you are a person with a disability, we offer you specialized services and accommodations so you can benefit from and be engaged in the college classes you take and have the opportunity to meet your educational goals. 

Please note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all academic counseling at LASC will use Cranium Cafe, a meeting and collaboration platform designed specifically for student support.

Once on the ConexED page, students and faculty should use the "Login with Canvas" button. Staff should use the "Guest Registration" button

  • Students can access Cranium Cafe by clicking the online counseling button on each department's web page or the counseling and live chat button on the homepage of the student portal.  Students need to create an account, sign in, and can then begin chatting with counselors.
  • Counselors will be available on Cranium Cafe during their typical hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 pm. Fridays. Students will be able to meet with a counselor from any special programs they belong to or a general counselor of their choice. Students are strongly recommended to meet with counselors from their special programs.
  • Although counselors will be able to perform most functions remotely, there may be slight delays in completing some tasks such as document requests from other colleges. Please be patient. LASC Counselors are here to answer your questions and help you plan for academic success this Spring Semester and beyond. 
Video chat with DSPS on Cranium Cafe

 

More about the DisAbled Students Program & Service office: We have an extensive list of specialized services that address your educational needs with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities and/or limitations.

Some of the services we provide students who qualify for the DSPS program are:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Counseling and education planning that’s specific to your needs
  • Note-taking Services
  • Alternative Testing
  • Reader Assistance
  • Adaptive computerized equipment and other specialized equipment
  • Tutoring
  • Serve as an Instructional Liaison with Faculty on Types of Assistance Used During Class.

Our DSPS staff work with the College’s Financial Aid and EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program & Services) offices, as well as with the State Department of Rehabilitation, so we can help our DSPS students access all of the benefits available to them. All records, including medical information and referrals, are kept confidential in accordance with state and federal laws. 

Any adult in our community may benefit from our services. To qualify for DSPS services, you can be a new or continuing student who is enrolled in at least three (3) units of college credit and have one or more of the following limitations and/or disabilities:

  • Hearing
  • Mobility / Orthopedic
  • Speech and Language
  • Visual
  • Learning
  • Physical Health

We want you to take full advantage of all of the services and resources we have! So, if you feel you could benefit from our services, here’s how to enroll:

  • Make sure you have completed your enrollment and have a Los Angeles LASC College Student ID number.

– AND –

  • Have documentation that describes your disability and how it affects your education completed and signed by one of the following:
    • Medical Doctor
    • The clinician (Psychotherapist / Psychologist)
    • Learning Disability Specialist / Educational Assessment Specialist
      – OR –
    • Have documentation that describes your disability completed and signed by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor through the Department of Rehabilitation. 

If needed, you can use our Disability Verification Form which can also be picked up from our office.

Once you have this information, call our office at (323) 241–5480 and make an appointment with a DSPS Counselor or an LD (Learning Disability) Specialist.

Be sure to check out our online resources for new and current students.

Below are some resources LASC faculty and staff can use to enhance their instruction and interaction with DSPS students. If any faculty or staff require further resources or assistance, please contact our office.

You’ll find some forms and useful information to help you succeed as a student at LASC:

In compliance with the ADA, service animals are welcomed on LASC’s campus. If you have a disability that requires the assistance of a service animal on campus, you should first contact DSPS to register as a student with a disability and complete the DSPS Service Animal Agreement. The Director of DSPS (or a designee) will review the agreement and your paperwork, and recommend any additional accommodations appropriate to the functional limitations of the disability.

Requirements of service animals and their owners/handlers include:

  • Dogs must be licensed in accordance with county regulations and wear vaccination tags.
  • Animals must be in good health.
  • And animals must be on a leash at all times.
  • The handler must control the animal at all times. The care and supervision of an animal is solely the responsibility of its partner/handler.
  • The handler should provide DSPS information as to how the animal accommodates for his/her disability.

LASC may exclude a service animal from all or part of its property if a handler fails to comply with these restrictions in a manner that fundamentally alters the nature of LASC’s programs or services, or poses a threat to the health or safety of others.

A service animal is a dog that has been trained to complete some tasks and functions a person with a disability cannot perform themselves. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as:

Any dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals.

The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks.
  • Alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds.
  • Providing non-violent protection or rescue work.
  • Pulling a wheelchair.
  • Assisting individuals to the presence of allergens.
  • Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone.
  • Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities.
  • Helping individuals with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship are not considered work or tasks under the definition of a service animal.

Here are some additional links to help you find more information about Disability Services.

Disability Law Site

Here's how to file a Discrimination Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights: 

Disability Information Sites

Other Disability Sites

LASC has ‘DISABLED’ designated parking spots in our student parking lots throughout the campus. If you park in these spots, make sure to display a valid disabled permit/placard on your vehicle. You will also need to follow the Student Parking Policies as you can be cited for any violation of the parking regulations.

  • DSPS students to learn to register for classes, review and print their schedule, and check their Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) email.
  • DSPS students to request accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Promoting independence and integration for DSPS students.
  • To provide equal access to LASC’s education programs and activities for students with disabilities
  • Build student confidence and independence
  • Create an inclusive and supportive environment