Getting Started

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for the program, you must have a disability verified by a physician, psychologist or other appropriate professional (Title 5, section 56006).

    If you have a learning disability, you should bring copies of your test scores. Moreover, if you believe you have a learning disability, but have not been tested, ACCESS administers the test to determine community college eligibility. You must be a registered student at CMC to receive this service. Please complete the Learning Disabilities Checklist. Once you complete the LD checklist bring results to the ACCESS desk to request LD testing.

    Students who may qualify for services include, but are not limited to, the following disabilities:

    Low Vision / Blind
    Mobility Impaired
    Hearing Impaired / Deaf
    Speech Impairment
    Acquired Brain Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury
    Psychologically Disabled
    Learning Disability
    Developmental Delayed Learner
    Other Limitations

    How to Apply to the Program
    1. Submit an online application to Copper Mountain College Application for Admission

    2. Take the Accuplacer tests. Make an appointment with Admissions and Records. If you are unable to take the test on the computer, please contact ACCESS for an alternate format of the tests.

    3. Your results will assist the ACCESS Coordinator in determining your coursework.

    4. Complete the ACCESS Application for Services and Consent for Release of Information. These forms must be turned in to the ACCESS staff prior to your initial interview.

    5. If you have a physical, psychological, or communicative disability, you must bring in your Medical Verification Disability Form a physician, psychologist or other appropriate profession prior to the appointment.

    6. Come in to our front desk or call to make an initial appointment to see the ACCESS Coordinator or Counselor.

    7. If you have a learning disability, you will need to bring in your psychological evaluation report with testing scores and IEP. The learning disability testing must have been completed within the last three years to be considered valid. If you think that you have a learning disability and have never been tested, please complete the LD checklist. You will sign the following forms at the time of your initial appointment.

      • Student Educational Contract

      • Accommodations Form

      • Student Rights and Responsibilities

      • Receive a Faculty Notification letters for each instructor.

      • Meet with the Program Assistant for specialized equipment, the

    8. Alternate Media Specialist for coordination of e-text and closed captioning, the ACCESS Instructor for academic assistance in the ACCESS High Tech Lab, and the ACCESS Counselor for developing a Student Educational Plan (SEP).

    Contact Information and ACCESS Phone Numbers:

    760-366-3791, ext 5861 and 4247
    TTY: 760-366-5262

    ACCESS Address
    Copper Mountain College
    6162 Rotary Way
    Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    Attention: ACCESS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)

    Located in the 300 Quad


    Monday- Thursday 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Resources and Links

    Students with disabilities preparing for post-secondary education: know your rights and responsibilities. U.S. Department of Education:

    This website contains important information about how to improve the functioning of the brain. Also has an ADD Adult and Subtype tests. There is also Brain Atlas demonstrating the brain activities of a variety of psychiatric disabilities with and without meds.