Disabled Students Programs and Services
Frequently Asked Questions
 

What is DSPS?
DSPS is responsible for determining and providing required academic accommodations for students with disabilities. A variety of support services are provided to students with verified disabilities.

How do I get started?
You must turn in the following:

DSPS Application for Services
and
Disability Verification Form completed by an appropriate & licensed professional (Copies of signed psychological or medical records may be sufficient)
or
A completed Learning Disability (LD) Intake Booklet

RECORDS AND CONFIDENTIALITY 

How do I get my medical or psychological records from another agency or previous school? 
You will need to sign a Consent for Release of Information form (available in room 2006 or online) to request records from another agency or previous school. The person requesting the information will then turn it into the agency or school in person, by fax, or mail.   

Can I use my IEP (Individual Educational Plan) from high school to qualify for services?
No, the requirements for eligibility at the college level are different than in high school. However, your high school records may contain information that is useful such as previous scores on Learning Disability Tests and previous accommodations that were effective. Psychological testing and Psychoeducational evaluation results, Learning Disability assessments including scores, or a Summary of Performance Report (SOP) may be used in place of an IEP. 

How do I get my medical or psychological records from my physician or other medical provider?
You can complete and sign the student portion of the Disability Verification form (available in room 2006 or online). You can then take it directly to your physician to be completed, or we can fax it to the physician/licensed professional and wait for a reply. Once we receive the required information, we will then contact you to schedule an intake appointment.

How is the confidentiality of a student's records/status maintained through the DSPS Department?
No information can be released from DSPS without a Consent for Release of Information signed by the student. There is no information on a student's enrollment or transcript to indicate that they are registered with DSPS. (However; specialized (ADAP) classes do appear on the transcript).

EDUCATION PLAN 

What do I do if I need a copy of my education plan or other information from my file?
Please call 242-7790 or come by the DSPS office in room 2006 and let staff know that you need a copy of your education plan. If you need a copy of your disability verification, you will need to submit a signed written request to the DSPS office. With your signed consent and at your request, we can release disability records generated by Shasta College DSPS to other institutions. All other disability records that have been obtained from outside agencies can only be released with the permission of the agency that generated the records.

I MET WITH A COUNSELOR, WHAT NEXT?  

What do I do with my Referral for Accommodations after I meet with the counselor?
Once you have received a completed Referral for Accommodations form from the Disability Counselor or Learning Disability Specialist, bring the form to the Learning Services Office (LSO) in room 2007 and/or the Assistive Technology Lab (ATL) in room 2004 so that accommodations and services can be established and coordinated. Students who do not provide their accommodations’ form to one of these offices will not receive services, since these are the offices that coordinate all accommodations.

Do I have to have my counselor sign my add/drop slip to drop a class?
Counselors may need to sign an add slip if the student is taking more than 19 units in one semester. Counselors do not need to sign drop slips.

Where do I schedule a test for my class?
You may go to room 2007 (LSO) or call 242-7793 or 242-7794.

FINANCIAL AID AND FEES 

Is there a fee for services through the DSPS Department?
No. Services are authorized individually for each student's disability and related educational limitations, and are provided free of charge.

Are registration fees waived at Shasta College for students with disabilities?
No. Students with disabilities are responsible for the same fees and payments as all other students attending the college. Students receiving SSI may be eligible for the Board of Governors Grant Fee Waiver (BOGFW).

Can I get help filling out my financial aid paperwork or other college paperwork?
If you have questions about your paperwork please ask for assistance in the related department directly. It is up to that office to determine if they have staff to assist you. Remember, family members or friends can help you complete the paperwork.

Is there any financial aid or book vouchers provided through DSPS?
DSPS does not provide financial assistance. There are other financial assistance programs available through the college such as EOPS which is also located in Room 2005.

TRANSPORTATION 

Can I get a handicapped parking permit and if I have one, where can I park?
DSPS does not provide handicapped parking permits. Such permits are available only through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Once you have the permit you may park in any designated or non-designated parking space. Please make sure that your permit is visible. The total fine for parking in a handicapped parking space without a permit is $275.00.  For full parking rules visit our Shasta College Parking Enforcement Website.   

Does DSPS provide RABA bus passes?
DSPS does not provide RABA bus passes. 


Does the DSPS provide transportation from class to class?
There is no transportation help available for students from site to site on campus.