Department of Supportive Programs and Services (DSPS)
If I am qualified for services through DSPS, will that show up on my transcripts?
No. There will be no mention of your disability on any school records.
What kinds of services does DSPS provide?
There are many support services and academic accommodations DSPS provides based on individual educational limitations for both temporary and permanent disabilities. Below is an example of some of these services and accommodations:
- priority registration
- interpreters/captioners for the hearing impaired
- assistive computer technology
- instructional materials in alternate formats
- seating accommodations
- test taking accommodations
- note taking assistance
What would be considered a temporary disability?
A broken leg or arm, a pregnancy-related disability condition/childbirth, or recuperation from surgery are examples of temporary disabilities.
Do I always have to see a DSPS Specialist before registering for the next semester?
In order to be eligible for Priority Registration, you should meet with the DSPS Specialist to review your academic status, update your Student Educational Plan (SEP) and discuss any individual needs.
Now that I’ve been approved for services, can I retake the tests I’ve completed without accommodations?
No, accommodations are not retroactive. You will be able to take tests with accommodations moving forward. It is your responsibility to request testing accommodations on any particular test.
Will I be getting the same accommodations that I received in high school?
A high school plan, whether IEP or 504, governs the high school setting. When you request services at DSPS, you will be scheduled an appointment to determine your current educational limitations and, through an interactive process, create an accommodation plan. Your high school document is just that, a document for the high school environment. You may or may not have similar accommodations in the college setting.