DSPS Accessibility Statement

accommodations for students

Accommodations are a means of providing qualified students with disabilities a similar opportunity to benefit from their educational experience as their non-disabled counterparts. The obligation to provide accommodations for students with disabilities is not a new concept. Most publicly funded educational institutions have been subject to similar obligations for many years under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Whether you have been aware of it or not, your college has probably been providing some type of accommodations for students with disabilities for quite some time.

During the 1995-96 academic year, six percent of first year students reported having a disability that affected hearing, speech, mobility or vision, but that number is increasing. In fact, current reports suggest that 1 out of 11 college students have reported that they have a disability (U.S. Dept. of Education, 1999). Not every student with a disability will be eligible for or need an accommodation. However, as more students with disabilities enroll in post-secondary education, the need for accommodations will increase.

Accessibility of Course Material

DSPS recommends that instructors include a statement on their syllabi for students needing academic adjustments. A sample is provided for your convenience:

I have made every effort to make this course accessible to all students, including students with disabilities.  If you encounter a problem accessing anything in this course, please contact me immediately.  Students with disabilities should email me and also contact the college’s Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) office:

City College DSPS webpage: sdcity.edu/students/services/dsps

Mesa College DSPS webpage: sdmesa.edu/student-support/disability-services/index.shtml

Miramar College DSPS webpage: sdmiramar.edu/services/dsps

College of Continuing Education DSPS webpage: sdcce.edu/dsps