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​​Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) provides the following services and more, to qualified students who, because of a verified disability, cannot benefit from the college’s classes, activities and services without specific support services and/or accommodations. The specific support services or aids must be directly related to the educational limitations of the student’s disability and the educational program of the student.​

Specialized Counseling

Academic, vocational and disability counseling are available with a DSPS Counselor to discuss goals and support services/aids. All DSPS students are required to meet with a DSPS Counselor at least once per semester to keep their file active. Only students with active DSPS files receive priority registration.

High Tech Center (HTC)

The DSPS High Tech Center is a state-of-the-art assistive technology computer lab where DSPS students can learn to effectively utilize adaptive hardware and assistive technologies. These technologies allow students to increase productivity, work independently and foster academic success in their regular college curriculum. Support and services include:

Open Lab
Access to assistive technologies
Mentoring and support
Specialized Tutoring

Alternative Media

Alternative media provides qualified students with text-based materials in alternate formats.

Adapted Physical Education Courses

Several courses that have been adapted for students with disabilities are offered through the Kinesiology Department. These can be found in the class schedule.

Test Proctoring Services

The Proctoring Office​ is available by appointment only for students who qualify for extended time on examinations and/or the need to take examinations in a distraction-reduced environment.

Interpreter Services

Interpreter services are available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students located in the DSPS Office.

Learning Disability Assessment

Students may be referred to the specialist who conducts extensive testing over several hours to determine if the student has a specific learning disability. Those who are assessed to have a learning disability are provided with support services and accommodations for the classroom setting.

WorkAbility III (WA III)

WorkAbility III​ is a cooperative agreement between College of the Desert and the California State Department of Rehabilitation that provides services for students such as Career Counseling, Job Seeking Skills Training and Job Development.

​​WorkAbility III Forms​​

For a referral to WorkAb​ility III, please contact your DSPS Counselor. 

​For more information, please contact Donald O’Loghlin at (760) 776-7406 or dologhlin@collegeofthedesert.edu. ​​​​​​​​​​

Please refer t​o the 
Accommodations and Services Guide​​ for important information on receiving and using suppor​t services and accommodations
through DSPS.​