Everyone Deserves an Education
Here at SSS/DSPS our job is to insure that eligible students have full accessibility to our campus and curriculum is achieved; it is our mission as instructors, specialists and counselors to empower students with disabilities, so they can attain maximum independence, integration, self-advocacy and self-determination.
The accommodations and services requested are individually determined by the student and the learning disability specialist. These services are based on the stated needs and recommendations of the verifying professional. There is no charge for any of these services.
Accommodations and services are intended, as much as possible, to mitigate the effects of the student's disability on his or her educational experience at Taft College. Accommodations are not intended to make the curricular requirements less difficult …only an equal opportunity to succeed.
Who is Eligible:
Any Taft College student with a disability that has a negative impact on his/her educational achievement may be eligible, and is encouraged, to apply for assistance. The disability may be a visible one, such as vision, hearing, or mobility, or it may be an invisible disability such as dyslexia or another type of learning disability, an attention disorder, a chronic health issue, or a speech or psychological disorder. In order for us to authorize services, an appropriate professional must verify the disability in writing. This could be a letter from your physician, a school psychologist's report, or authorization from another professional.
In addition, any Taft College student who suspects they might have a disability that has never been previously assessed may request an appointment with a Learning disability Specialist to be evaluated.
How to Apply for Services:
You must request a packet from Student Support Services (which contains a few consents for the release of information and a questionnaire). You can do this by one of three ways:
- Coming to the Student Support Services building on the Taft College campus and request a packet.
- Call the Student Support Services office at 763-7769 and request a packet to be mailed to you.
- Write us at:
Taft College/Student Support Services
29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, CA. 93268
…and request a packet be mailed to you.
Fill out the questionnaire to the best of your knowledge. Sign the consent forms. If you have a physical condition, have your doctor sign a Verification of Disability Form, (which your doctor will provide). If you have a previously diagnosed learning disability, bring any documents you have regarding it, along with the names and addresses of doctors that have treated you for the condition.
Now you’re ready to schedule an appointment to meet with a Learning Disability Specialist. You can do this by one of two ways:
- In person at the Student Support Services building on campus.
- Call Student Support Services at 763-7769.
At your appointment you need to bring:
- Completed and signed consent forms.
- Completed questionnaire.
- Any documents that verify an existing disability
- Any paperwork that may be helpful in determining your eligibility.
If you are found to be eligible for services, you will be given an accommodation card. Your card will list the services you have been approved for. Carry your card with you. You will have to show it to receive some of the services you are eligible to use.
Types of Services Provided:
Services that students may be eligible for include, but are not limited to:
- Specialized Classes
- Specialized Academic and Disability Counseling
- Alternative Format Materials
- Equipment Loans
- Note-taking Assistance
- Test Taking Accommodations/Extended Time
- Books On Tape
- Sign Language Interpreters
- Priority Registration and Assistance
- Assistive Computer Technology/High Tech Center Access