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Disabled Student Programs and Services

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Sierra College's Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) are to assist students with disabilities to perform on an equal basis as students without disabilities in an integrated campus setting.

If you are interested in attending Sierra College and receiving services, it is very important that you complete the following as early as possible. Please note that in order to receive services you must contact us before the semester begins.

  1. Submit online application 
  2. Complete online orientation.
  3. Schedule an assessment for course placement. If you have received accommodations in the past, you may receive extended time for your assessment.
  4. Submit disability documentation to Disabled Student Services (L Bldg).
  5. Set up intake appointment with DSS counselor.

The Learning Opportunity Center supports students who are struggling in their courses. Come by and make an appointment!

DSPS Courses

DSPS provides a variety of courses aimed at promoting student success. Courses offered can be found in the catalog.

Assistive Technology Lab

Services and accommodations for students with verified disabilities:

  • Priority registration
  • Disability counseling
  • Academic counseling
  • Test taking facilitation
  • Vocational counseling
  • Student education plans (S. E. P.)
  • Class and assessment accommodations
  • Assistive Technology

Physical Disabilities/Mobility Impaired Services available:

  • Mobility assistance

Services available for learning disabilities:

  • Evaluation of learning disabilities
  • Class and assessment accommodations
  • Test taking facilitation
  • Priority registration
  • Student Education Plans (S.E.P.)
  • Recorded textbooks (R.F.B. & D.)
  • Identification of learning styles
  • Alternative learning strategies
  • Assistive technology

Blind/Low Vision Services available:

  • Priority registration
  • Recorded textbooks (R. F. B. & D.)
  • CCTV
  • Braille services
  • Readers
  • Text enlargements
  • Assistive technology
  • Note-takers
  • Test proctoring

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services available:

  • Interpreter Services
  • Note-Taking
  • Phonic Ear

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a verified disability?

A certified DSP & S professional must verify a disability. With specialized services, disabled students can overcome their educational limitations and fully participate in Sierra College courses.

Will my instructors and other students know that I have a disability?

All information is strictly confidential. If you need accommodations such as extra time on exams or a note-taker, you are given a form to take to the instructor. The instructor will not know you have a disability until you request an accommodation. An instructor is not entitled to know your specific disability.

Do I have to meet with a general counselor and the Disabled Student Services counselor?

No. Disabled Student Services counselors provide the same services as general counseling. You can see any counselor you wish for general counseling. However, you must meet with DSP & S faculty and sign your SEP every semester to receive services. You always have the option of not using the programs and services available to you.


  • Image Location: L 401
  • L 401
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • (916) 660-7460
  • (916) 630-4548

Gwen Joy Learning Disabilities Specialist, DSPS

  • LT1 111
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sharon Ludden Instructional Assistant, LOC, DSPS

  • LT1
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Image Location: N3 101
  • N3 101
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

  • Office closed M-TH from 12pm to 12:30 for lunch break
  • (530) 274-5330
  • (530) 274-5345

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