About DSPS

Disabled Students Programs and Services at College of the Desert is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to a community college education. Through the utilization of specialized instructional programs and disability related services, DSPS encourages and fosters independence and assists students in attaining their educational and vocational goals.

DSPS currently serves approximately 772 students each year with disabilities at College of the Desert, assisting them to achieve their educational goals by providing the services and programs needed to participate in the college classroom.


Disabilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquired Brain Injury

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism Spectrum

  • Blind and Low Vision

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Intellectual Disabilities

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Mental Health Disabilities

  • Physical Disabilities

  • Other Health Conditions and Disabilities which limit the student’s ability to access the educational process

Accommodations and Support Services

Accommodations and support services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptive Equipment and Resources

  • Adapted Physical Activity Classes

  • Adaptive Technology

  • Assistive Technology Lab

  • Communication Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Disability-related Counseling

  • Alternate Media

  • Note Taking Services

  • Priority Registration

  • Testing Accommodations

Accommodations are determined based on the educational limitations of the documented disability.

Please see our Services page for more detailed information.

Student Concerns and Complaints

We will make every effort in our interactions with faculty and staff at College of the Desert to ensure that you receive the very best support in your educational experience. However, as a student with a disability, if you have cause to believe that you have been denied access to appropriate academic accommodations, you should contact the ADA 504 Coordinator who can be reached in the Office of Human Resources at College of the Desert, or by phone at (760) 773-2529.