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What We Offer

Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) provides services and accommodations that provide equal access to education at the College of Marin (COM). These may consist of in-classroom services and/or outside the classroom services such as mobility or testing accommodations. Services and accommodations must be requested and approved by a DSPS Counselor every semester at COM.

What is an Accommodation?

An accommodation is an adjustment to the way a student receives, retains or demonstrates knowledge to allow him or her equal access to education. Accommodations are prescribed based on the educational limitations or barriers that are directly caused by the disability, diagnosis or medical condition. Accommodations cannot fundamentally change academic requirements for degrees, certificates, programs, courses or assignments.

Accommodations and other services vary semester to semester depending on the institutional requirements of the class or classes and must be requested each and every semester. Accommodations must be approved by a DSPS Counselor, Coordinator or Learning Disabilities Specialist. Early requests for testing and other accommodations are appreciated and recommended especially during finals week. Late requests for accommodations may result in delays due to availability.

Here are a few of the services we offer:

DSPS Counseling

Our counselors are here to help with the intake process, provide accommodations and assist with priority registration.

Math and English Tutoring

DSPS provides tutoring in Math and English. Students with a verified disability may be assigned a tutor by their counselor. Student must meet with their DSPS counselor for a tutoring referral.

Note-takers

DSPS recruits note-takers for in-class assistance. Students with a verified disability may be referred by their counselor to the DSPS Support Services Technician, who will help find classmates who will receive a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card per semester to share copies of their notes. A NCR note taker pad is available to note takers. Click here for note-taker guidelines.

Learning Disability Testing and Eligibility

Testing to determine learning disability eligibility is available through DSPS to students who are enrolled in a minimum of two units. Referrals for testing are made through a DSPS counselor. Assessment includes an intake interview with a learning disabilities specialist, approximately four hours of testing with an instructional assistant in the Study Skills Lab, and approximately 3 hours of aptitude and achievement testing with a learning disabilities specialist. After completion of testing, a final meeting is scheduled to review test results and discuss the student’s learning profile. If the student has met the California Community Colleges’ criteria for a learning disability, appropriate academic accommodations are determined based on test results.

Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

DSPS ensures transcription, captioning, alternative media and interpreting services are available to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Alternative Media and Assistive Technology

DSPS provides access to alternative media such as E-text, Braille and other formats as available to maintain accessibility to classroom materials. A sample of the assistive technology DSPS has available consists of screen reading applications like Kurzweil 3000 and Firefly, magnification software, dictation software, smart-pens, large format keyboards, technology training classes, voice amplifiers for lectures and much more.

Adapted Physical Education Classes

Our adapted physical education classes are designed to provide an accessible facility for health promotion as well as provide individualized support for adults with disabilities within the community here at COM. The program encourages personal goal development and a positive self-image and well-being through exercise. The environment is uniquely designed for ongoing interaction and support in partnership with DSPS.

Click here for a listing of classes

Click here for the Adapted Physical Education class catalog (PDF)

Click here to find the Medical Form for Adapted PE (PDF)

Have a quick question?

Use the FAQ link to the left or click here for the frequently asked questions page.


Disabled Students Programs and Services Website

Technical Contact: Matthew Dimopoulos, DSPS Assistive Tech Specialist
Content Responsible: Derek Levy, Dean of Student Success