Disability Support Services

Frequently asked questions

1. What’s the best way to connect with Disability Support Services at DVC for students who are graduating from high school in June, and meet eligibility requirements?

What you need to do . . .

  • Complete your application for enrollment to DVC online.
  • You will be e-mailed your Student I.D. number.
  • Come to DSS and turn in your documentation of a disability for Evaluation.
  • Arrange to take the English and Math placement test in the Assessment Center. 
  • Students eligible for extra time should contact the the DSS office in Advance of taking the assessment test to get accommodation verification by calling 925-969-2182 or by emailing Lawrence Punsalang.
  • Register for a Counseling 97 that is offered by the DSS Program.

For information, please visit Eligibility Requirements.

2. Who is eligible for services?

Students with acquired brain injuries, autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, hearing impairments, visual impairments, speech impairments, mental health disabilities, mobility disabilities, and chronic health conditions may qualify for services.

For more information please visit Who is Eligible.

3. How can I find out if I have a Learning Disability?

Students who suspect they have a learning disability, but who have not been tested, should meet with a DSS Counselor in the Counseling Center. Schedule an appointment to see a DSS counselor by calling 925-969-2140 or at the Counseling Center front desk.

4. How do I sign up with Disability Support Services?

If you are a continuing or returning student to Diablo Valley College and/or DSS, you must begin by scheduling an appointment with a DSS Counselor in the Counseling Center 925-969-2140.

For more information, please visit How to Apply.

5. What types of services are offered to DSS students.

Depending on the student's disability, services include specialized instruction, adaptive equipment, mobility assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, note taking, textbooks on tape, testing accommodations, educational counseling and planning, priority registration, and specialized tutoring.

For more information please visit Support Services.

6. What do I do if I need an ASL interpreter?

Schedule an appointment with a DSS Counselor in the Counseling Center by calling 925-969-2140. Bring in a copy of your most current audiogram for the counseling appointment. Contact Kellie Conde by calling (Sorenson V.R.S) 925-270-1660 or email her at Kellie Conde for an ASL interpreter for your counseling appointment.

For more information please visit Deaf and Hard of Hearing

7. Are service dogs allowed on DVC's campus?

Yes, trained service dogs are permitted on DVC's campus.

8. How can I get class handouts enlarged?

Schedule an appointment with a DSS Counselor in the Counseling Center by calling 925-969-2140. Bring in your documentation verifying your disability and the DSS Counselor will explain the procedure to receive Alternate Media services.

For more information, please visit Alternate Media.