ACCESS for Students with Disabilities (DSPS)
ACCESS is a federally mandated program for college students with a verified disability. ACCESS services and accommodations allow students the equitable opportunity to complete their educational goals and participate in all programs and activities at CMC. ACCESS students receive an individualized academic accommodation plan specific to their educational limitations.
Are YOU eligible for ACCESS services?
All CMC students with a verified disability that impacts their educational progress are eligible for ACCESS services. If you had an IEP; psychological evaluation, or 504 while in high school; have current documentation or can obtain documentation from a doctor, therapist, or audiologist; you’re Eligible.
If you are unable to obtain documentation or have questions regarding disability eligibility please call or email ACCESS to further discuss.
ACCESS is now providing Free Mental Health Counseling for all Copper Mountain College students enrolled in courses. See Mental Health Tab below for more information.
ACCESS Contact Information
ACCESS for Students with Disabilities
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way
P.O. Box 1398
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760-366-3791, ext. 5861
ACCESS Front Desk and Counseling Academic/Disability services are located in the Office of Student Services.
Hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm and Friday 8:00am-3:00pm
ACCESS High Tech Center (HTC) Lab and Testing are located in the Greenleaf Library.
Hours are subject to change based on student need and the current semester.
Please contact the ACCESS High Tech Center (HTC) Lab at (760) 366-3791 ext. 5800, email Carly Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or review hours posted on lab entrance.
ACCESS Alternate Media Center is located in the Greenleaf Library.
Hours are: Monday-Friday 8:00am–5:00pm
We are closed on all legal and college holidays.
ACCESS Program Assistant
ACCESS Instructional Assistant
ACCESS Alternate Media Specialist
How to Apply to the Program
- Complete the ACCESS Student Application and Consent for Release of Information and submit.
- Obtain and submit disability documentation:
- Most recent IEP and Psycho-Educational Report and/or
- Copper Mountain College ACCESS Disability Verification form with signature from a licensed professional.
- If you are unable to obtain documentation or have questions regarding disability eligibility please call or email ACCESS to further discuss.
- Please drop-off your Student Application, Consent for release of information form, Disability Verification form and/or additional disability documentation at the ACCESS front desk or email your documentation to email@example.com *Please allow 5-7 business days for processing.
- Once the ACCESS front desk receives all necessary documentation, an ACCESS staff member will contact you within 5-7 business days to schedule an initial appointment to see an ACCESS Counselor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What disabilities may qualify me for ACCESS services?
A: List of Possible Qualifying Disabilities
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Blind and Low Vision
- Learning Disability
- Intellectual Disability
- Autism Spectrum
- Mental Health Disability (anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.)
- Physical Disability
- Other: Temporary health conditions and Disabilities
This list may not contain your specific disability. If unsure, please ask.
Q: What services and/or accommodations may I be provided with?
A: ACCESS services and accommodations are determined on an individual basis and may include:
- Academic counseling
- Adapted computers with adaptive software in the HTC
- ASL Interpreters
- Assistive listening devices
- Courtesy Cart
- Digital Recorder
- Disability Counseling
- Enlarged Print
- Ergonomic Chair/Table
- Electronic textbooks
- Self-Advocacy Training
- Talking Spell checker
- Test-taking accommodations
This list does not contain all accommodations.
Q: Will ACCESS assist me with applying to Copper Mountain College, completing orientation and/or filing my FASFA?
A: Yes, please contact the ACCESS front counter.
Q: Does ACCESS provide any financial support or supplies?
A: No, at this time ACCESS does not provide financial support or supplies.
Q: Do I have to schedule my exams with ACCESS?
A: Testing in the High Tech Center (HTC) may be an accommodation that is on your Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP). If you would like to test in the HTC, please contact the ACCESS Instructional Assistant to schedule your exam in advance.
Q: When should I request e-text from the alternate media specialist?
A: As soon as you register for classes and can submit a schedule to the alternate media specialist.
Q: When is the earliest I can check out equipment?
A: One week prior to the semester starting.
Q: How often do I need to meet with my ACCESS counselor?
A: You need to meet with your ACCESS counselor at least once per semester in order to update your accommodations, but additional meetings are available depending on student’s needs.
Q: How do I file a complaint regarding my ACCESS accommodations, implementation of accommodations and/or conflicts with personnel?
A: Please contact the ACCESS Coordinator, Jennifer Anderson. Her office is located in the student services building, please come to the ACCESS front counter to request a meeting. You may also contact her via phone at (760) 366-5286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Copper Mountain College FREE Mental Health Service
Summer Semester Hours: June 15, 2020 to July 30, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-5pm
Why would I need Mental Health Services?
Life for college students can be stressful.
Many people experience times in their lives when some type of outside assistance would be helpful in order to look at a situation more objectively, explore options, and identify new strategies or solutions. This help can come from various sources.
Is there a fee?
Mental Health Counseling at Copper Mountain College is a free service for enrolled students.
What services are provided?
Confidential Mental Health Counseling (for personal problems, including issues with alcohol and substance abuse, or questions)
Brief Preventive Intervention (prompt assistance for urgent matters, such as a significant personal or mental health emergency)
Evaluation/Screening (short tests to screen for depression, anxiety, or other psychological symptoms or disorders)
Referrals (to on-campus departments or to off-campus resources for more specialized services including resources for alcohol and substance abuse issues)
Information (printed information and educational presentations related to mental health and wellness)
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment please call or visit the ACCESS Front Desk, located in the student services building (760) 366-3791 ext. 5861/5862
Additional Services and Resources
Valley Star Crisis Walk-In Center:
7293 Dumosa Ave #2, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Phone: (760) 365-2233
Morongo Oasis Crisis Residential Treatment Center
60805 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: (626) 362-8639
Desert/Mountain Children’s Center
58967 Bus Center Dr, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Phone: (760) 369-3130
Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services
58945 Business Center Dr., Suite C, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Phone: (760) 369-3353
Morongo Basin Unity Home
7237 Joshua Ln, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Phone: (760) 366-9663
Safe House of the Desert
72710 E Lynn St, Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Phone: (760) 343-3211
San Bernardino County Resources:
National Crisis Text Line:
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
If you would prefer to chat online, check out their website and click on the link “Click to Chat” on the right hand side. The link for their website is below: https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Disaster Distress Hotline
Substance abuse detox and referral information line:
Phone: 1-800-SU-CARES (1-800-499-3008)
If you are in need of additional resources that are not provided on this list please contact the ACCESS front desk and we will assist you in any way we can.