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Student Resource Guide - Programs

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 The Disabled Students Programs & Services Department offers students with disabilities a wide variety of support services.  Students enrolling at CSM should contact staff in DSPS for a pre-enrollment interview to determine support services needed.  Accommodations are provided based upon an individual’s educational limitations and may include: registration assistance, disability management counseling, note taking, assistance with obtaining reader services, special parking permit, assistance with classroom access, orientation to the campus, test accommodations and referral and liaison with other campus and community services.  DSPS is located in Building 10, Room 120.

The Learning Disabilities Assessment Center offers students with possible learning disabilities individual education assessment, support services and assistance with educational planning.  The LD Specialist may administer assessments based on the California Community College's learning disability eligibility process. Students who have documentation for learning disabilities and who request services, should contact the staff to schedule an appointment.  The specialist and the student develop an educational plan designed to increase academic success. Support services may include assistive technology, specialized tutoring, study skills class, test taking accommodations, books on tape and liaison with instructors and counselors. The Learning Disabilities Assessment Center is located in Building 10, Room 120.

The Assistive Technology Center offers assistance with computer access on campus and provides specialized training in the use of hardware and software adaptations appropriate to a particular student's disability.  The Center also provides alternate media services to students, faculty and staff who need their course materials in different formats such as electronic text, Braille, and large print.  The Assistive Technology Center is located in Building 10, Room 120.

The Transition to College Program provides students with psychological disabilities counseling, special emphasis classes, peer support groups and liaison with community providers.  The Transition to College Program is located in Building 10, Room 120.

Adapted Physical Education classes are designed to help improve a student’s level of physical fitness.  Based upon an individual assessment, a program is developed to fit each student's individual needs.  Students are encouraged to maximize their physical potential within the limitations of their disabilities.  Activities provide opportunities to improve the student’s fitness levels in an educational setting.  Further information is available in Building 5, Health and Wellness, lower level.

San Mateo County Community Colleges
District Mission Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District, recognizing each individual's right to education, provides the occasions and settings which enable students to develop their minds and their skills, engage their spirits, broaden their understanding of social responsibilities, increase their cultural awareness, and realize their individual potential.  The District is committed to leadership by providing quality education and promoting life-long learning in partnership with its community and its affiliated educational institutions.  It actively participates in the economic, social, and cultural development of San Mateo County.  In a richly diverse environment and with increasing awareness of its role in the global community, the District is dedicated to maintaining a climate of academic freedom in which a wide variety of viewpoints is cultivated and shared.

Disabled Students Program & Services
Mission Statement

In accordance with the mission statement of the San Mateo County Community College District "to recognize each individual's right to an education," the Disabled Students Programs & Services helps create an accessible college community where students achieve academic, vocational and personal success.  This is best accomplished by integration into the mainstream of college classes and services.  It is recognized that due to exceptionality, students may require additional support services to accomplish their goals.

There are hundreds of people with disabilities at College of San Mateo.  They are students, faculty and staff with a wide range of disabilities including physical, visual, hearing, psychological and learning disabilities.  Students with disabilities are integrated into CSM's campus environment and provided with the resources and tools to manage their disabilities. We build partnerships with students, faculty and staff to promote students' independence and to ensure recognition of their abilities (not disabilities).

The staff of the Disabled Students Programs and Services is charged with verifying a disability, providing educational support services and recommending "appropriate academic adjustments and modifications" to faculty and staff.  The Disabled Students Program encourages a faculty-student relationship that promotes open communication in the beginning of each semester.


Disabled Students Programs and Services here at College of San Mateo provides high quality service to students with disabilities, and fosters and promotes access and inclusion across the campus, while acting as a resource to the college and the community at large.  We:
  1. Deliver to students effective academically-related services which support their academic pursuits.
  2. Advocate for the needs and interests of students, faculty and staff with disabilities, as well as enrich and educate the campus community about the values, missions and services offered.
  3. Promote and foster an accepting, accessible campus environment in all programs and services the college offers.
  4. Empower students, faculty and staff with disabilities to advocate on their own behalf, and prepare students with the skills needed to be productive members of society.
  5. Make the best use of the resources available and ensure that quality service is given.

Nondiscrimination Policy

College of San Mateo is committed to equal opportunity regardless of age, gender, marital status, disability, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or other similar factors, for admission to the College, enrollment in classes, student services, financial aid and employment in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (45CRF 86), Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

DSP&S coordinates and provides academic accommodations and support services to enrolled students who are eligible for such services. Eligibility for program participation is established in accordance with guidelines created by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title V (California Education Code).

Please refer to CSM’s College Catalog for further information.

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