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​​​Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at College of the Desert is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to a community college education. DSPS provides services and courses to support students with disabilities in the achievement of their academic and vocational goals. DSPS was established to accommodate the academic and support needs of students with disabilities as mandated by Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. DSPS offers eligible students access to a variety of specialized support services and assistive equipment and technology in a timely manner. These accommodations and support services are intended to assist students with disabilities to successfully access and participate in college programs and activities.

Academic and Disability-Related Counseling

​​Academic and disability-related counseling are available with a DSPS Counselor to discuss goals and support services. DSPS students should meet with a DSPS Counselor once per semester to keep their file active and to continue qualifying for DSPS services. Only students with active DSPS files receive priority registration.

High Tech Center (HTC)

​​​The DSPS High Tech Center is a state-of-the-art computer lab where DSPS students can learn to effectively utilize assistive equipment and 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 and equipment

  • Specialized tutoring

Alternate Media

​Alternate 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.

Interpreting and Captioning Services

​Interpreting and captioning services are available for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Please make an appointment to see the Interpreting Services Coordinator, Tina Sirimarco, in the DSPS Office.

Learning Disability Assessment

​Students may be referred to the Learning Disability Specialist who conducts testing to determine if the student has a specific learning disability.

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 Assessment and Counseling, Employment Preparation, Internship Assistance, Job Development and Employment Follow-up.

  • ​​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 ​​​​​​​​​​

Accommodations and Services Guide

​​​​​​​​Please refer t​o the  Accommodations and Services Guide​​ (opens pdf) for important information on receiving and using support services and accommodations through DSPS.​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​