Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
The SSD program provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experience as their non-disabled peers. A Student Educational Contract (SEC) is developed for each student which links that student’s goals, curriculum program, and academic accommodations to his/her specific disability-related educational limitation.
WHAT IS SSD?
SSD supports the participation of students with disabilities in educational activities consistent with the mission of the California Community Colleges, federal and state law, and LACCD policy (Administrative Regulation E-100 http://www.laccd.edu/admin_regs/ ). SSD services, special instruction, and accommodations function to provide students with disabilities equal opportunities to successfully complete their educational goals. It is the mission of SSD to promote the maximum independence and integration of students with disabilities.
The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office is located in Student Services Annex, Room 175. SSD Office hours are Mon, Wed, & Thurs from 8:00am-4:00pm; Tues. from 8:00am-7:00 pm, and Fri from 8am -2pm, or by appointment. To reach SSD by telephone call (818) 947-2681 or TTY (818) 947-2680. After office hours, please leave a message. SSD can also be contacted at: SSD@lavc.edu .
HOW DO I BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES FROM SSD?
Eligibility Criteria: The specific disability must be verified, and there must be an educational limitation that precludes the student from fully participating in general education without additional specialized services.
To be eligible for services from SSD, a student with a verified physical, learning, medical, or psychological disability, otherwise eligible for entrance into the college, must first meet with a SSD counselor and provide documentation of disability. The SSD counselor works closely with the student to identify the educational limitation(s) of the student so effective support services and accommodations can be recommended. Call to make an appointment to meet with a SSD counselor at: (818) 947-2681 or TTY for deaf or hard of hearing. (818) 947-2680.
WHAT ARE SSD SUPPORT SERVICES?
SSD provides support services, instruction and accommodations to a diverse population of students with a wide variety of abilities and disabilities. Instruction, support services and accommodations for eligible, registered students with verified disability-based educational limitations may include:
- Specialized academic and vocational counseling
- Enrollment assistance
- Priority registration
- Student educational planning
- Special parking privileges
- Sign language interpreters
- Note-taking assistance
- Test-taking accommodations
- Tutoring referrals
- Adapted Physical Education courses
- Personal Development courses
- Learning Skills courses
- Learning skills assessment
- Dept. Rehabilitation liaison
- Assistive technology access
- Alternate text formats
- Liaison with Braille Institute
- Equipment loans
SSD HIGH TECH CENTER
The High Tech Center (HTC) uses assistive technology (both hardware and software) as a means for students with disabilities to access educational materials. It has 10 accessible workstations and an equipment loan program for certain types of technology. Dragon and Kurzweil systems allow students to scan textbook pages, notes, and sample exams, and the equipment “reads” these documents aloud.
The HTC is open Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 8:00am to 3:45pm. Tuesdays from 8:00am to 6:45pm, & Fridays from 8:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, please contact Casey Nordberg, Instructional Assistant – Assistive Technology at 818-947-2692.
ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students who can benefit from progressive physical conditioning exercise can enroll in adapted physical education classes to improve their fitness levels. Under the supervision of an adapted physical education instructor, the individual is encouraged to maximize his/her physical potential within the limitations of his/her disability. An individualized physical education plan is developed through an interactive process that includes the student, instructor, and medical recommendations supplied by the student’s physician. Students are responsible for securing attendant services appropriate to their personal needs. For more information, call (818) 778-5638.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESS
LAVC is adjacent to major public transportation routes including bus lines 154, 158, 420 and the Orange Line. DASH stops at the front of campus on Fulton Avenue. LAMTA offers CITYRIDE and ACCESS throughout the city for seniors and persons with disabilities. Call (213) 626-4455. For detailed information go online to: www.answers.com/topic/los-angeles-county-metropolitan-transportation-authority.
SOME ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Los Angeles Valley College
Los Angeles Community College District
Job Accommodation Network
US ACCESS Board
Department on Disability
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended in 1998) Sections 504 and 508
DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Inter-networking and Technology
Art Realization Opportunities
Valley Trauma Center (Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence)
Affordable Housing and Services Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley
Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities