Disability Resource Center (DRC) at College of San Mateo - Frequently Asked Questions by Students
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Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Woman at desk being asked questionsFrequently Asked Questions by Students

Q. If I am qualified for services through the DRC, will that show up on my transcripts?
A. No. There will be no mention of your disability on any school records.

Q. What kinds of services does the DRC provide?
A. The academic accommodation plan and services are based on individual educational limitations. These services may include:
  • counseling
  • priority registration
  • interpreters/captioners for the hearing impaired
  • learning disabilities assessment
  • adapted physical education
  • assistive computer technology training
  • instructional materials in alternate formats
  • seating accommodations
  • test taking accommodations
  • note taking assistance
Q. Do I always have to see a DRC Counselor before registering for the next semester?
A. In order to be eligible for Priority Registration, you should meet with the DRC Counselor to review your academic status, update your Student Educational Plan (SEP) and discuss any individual needs.

Q. Now that I've been approved for services, can I retake the tests I've completed without accommodations?
A. No, accommodations are not retroactive. You will be able to take tests with accommodations moving forward. It is your responsibility to request testing accommodations on any particular test.

Q. Will I be getting the same accommodations that I received in high school?
A. A high school plan, whether IEP or 504, governs the high school setting. When you enroll at the DRC, a DRC counselor will meet with you to determine your current educational limitations and, through an interactive process, decide on accommodations. Your high school document is just that, a document for the high school environment. You may or may not have similar accommodations in the college setting.

Q. Are special parking arrangements available?
A. If you have a temporary mobility impairment, you may be eligible for a Temporary Parking Permit.  Arrange to see DRC Counselor to discuss your needs around parking. Be sure to bring your regular parking permit number. If you will need long term parking accommodations you will need to get a disabled parking placard from the DMV.

Q. Where can I park on campus if I have a DMV placard?
A. If you have a state issued placard, you are authorized to park in any designated disabled parking spaces and any spaces in our metered lots (visitor parking).  You do not need a college parking permit to park in those spaces.

Q. What should I do if I think I have a learning disability?
A. Contact the DRC to complete an intake packet. You will then be scheduled to meet with the Learning Disabilities Specialist to review the packet and determine the next step. We offer DSKL 800 that provides learning disability evaluation and explores learning differences and strategies in more depth. We also offer other appointment times based on individual need.