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Who is Eligible?

Examples of disabilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Autism
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Chronic illnesses including HIV
  • Chronic pain disorders
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Developmental delays
  • Diabetes
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mobility disabilities
  • Psychological disabilities
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Seizure disorders
  • Visual disabilities​
  • Other

The support services and accommodations provided to DSPS students are directly related to 

the educational limitations resulting from the documented disability.​​

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for support services or instruction a student with a disability must have an impairment which is verified and which results in an educational limitation. The existence of an impairment may be verified, using procedures prescribed by the Chancellor, by one of the following means:

  1. observation by DSPS professional staff with review by the DSPS coordinator;
  2. assessment by appropriate DSPS professional staff; or
  3. review of documentation provided by appropriate agencies or certified or licensed professionals outside of DSPS.

The student's educational limitations must be identified by appropriate DSPS professional staff and described in the Academic Accommodations Plan (AAP, prev. known as the Student Educational Contract) required pursuant to Section 56022.  Eligibility for each service provided must be directly related to an educational limitation consistent with Section 56000(b) and Section 56004.

For more information on Title 5 regulations and guidelines please go to:

Title 5 Regulations & Guidelines & California Code Sections