Disabiity Support Services

Disability Support Services Department

Definitions of DSS Terms


◊ Types of Disabilities ◊

◊ Educational Limitations ◊

◊ Accommodations ◊

◊ Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) ◊

◊ New DSS Student ◊

◊ Returning DSS Student ◊

◊ Continuing DSS Student ◊




Students who may be eligible for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services from DSS have one or more of the disabilities listed below.  Click here to learn more.

  • Mobility/Physical Disability
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)*
  • Acquired Brain Impairment (ABI)
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
  • Autism Spectrum (AS)
  • Mental Health Disabilities (MH)
  • Other Health Conditions and Disabilities

* Students who have learning disabilities are served by the DSS Learning Disabilities Support Team and should follow the same application process to receive DSS services.

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An educational limitation:

  • Is a disability-related functional limitation in the educational setting
  • Prevents a student from fully benefiting from college:
      • classes,
      • activities, or
      • services offered to non-disabled students without specific accommodations*

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Accommodations are

  • Academic adjustments,
  • Auxiliary aids,
  • Services, and
  • Educational assistance courses

that must directly address a student's educational limitation(s).

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An Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP):

  • Is a plan to address the specific needs of a student with a disability
  • Specifies the academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services and educational assistance classes that are identified and agreed upon by the DSS Counselor or LD Specialist and the student as necessary to meet specific educational needs
  • Must be completed before a student receives DSS services
  • Must be periodically and interactively updated by the student and DSS Counselor or LD Specialist to review effectiveness of accommodations, determine the progress made toward the student's stated goals, and make any needed changes


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Who is considered a "New" DSS Student?

"New" DSS students are those who have NOT received DSS services at De Anza College in the past. They may be either

  • A prospective De Anza student not enrolled in classes who seeks DSS assistance to
    • apply for the college,
    • enroll in classes,
    • receive support services and accommodations for classes
  • A currently enrolled, continuing De Anza student who has not used DSS services in the past, but now seeks DSS services for
    • Support services and accommodations and
    • Priority Registration for enrolling in classes.

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Who is considered a "Returning" DSS Student?

"Returning" DSS students are those who have used De Anza College DSS services in the past, but have

  • been away from De Anza for one year or more

  • not used DSS services for one year or more

Before receiving services again, returning students:

  • may have to update their disability verification documentation
  • must meet with a DSS Counselor  or LD Specialist to establish a new AAP.

Contact DSS for instructions on re-registering for support with DSS.

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Who is a "continuing" DSS student?

A De Anza College student with a disability who:

  • Has completed the DSS Intake appointment
  • Is enrolled in De Anza classes as a continuing student,
  • Is currently using DSS services,
  • Has completed any necessary DSS paperwork,
  • Has an up-to-date Academic Accommodation Plan.

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Disabiity Support Services Building: RSS-141
Contact: Patricia Whelan
Phone: 408.864.8753
TTY: 408.864.8748

Last Updated: 5/23/17