ACCESS for Students with Disabilities (DSPS)
Mission of ACCESS
Students applying for support services through ACCESS must provide documentation of a disability which causes an educational limitation. The disability must have been verified by an appropriate professional and/or physician. Psychological verification should include a diagnosis with an indication of educational limitations.
If psycho-educational testing was completed ten or more years ago, ACCESS encourages the student to enroll in ACC 301 to have an updated assessment to reflect current functioning. Students who had previously been tested by an agency or other California Community College need to request the learning disability assessment to be forwarded to ACCESS.
Students who were previously enrolled in Resource Classes or Special Day Classes are eligible based on their IEP from high school. ACCESS is not special education and the level of support provided in Resource Room and Special Day Class will not be available on the college campus
As soon as the verification of disability is received by ACCESS, students will complete an initial interview with the coordinator to determine services and accommodations.
Students who may qualify for services include, but are not limited to, the following disabilities:
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Blind and Low Vision
- Learning Disability
- Intellectual Disability
- Physical Disability
- Autism Spectrum
- Mental Health Disability
- Other Health Conditions and Disabilities (please check with ACCESS to see if your specific health condition applies)
How to Apply to the Program
- Complete the ACCESS Application for Services and Consent for Release of Information.
- 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.
- Once the ACCESS front desk receives the application, consent for release of information, and disability verification, they will schedule an initial appointment to see an ACCESS Coordinator or Counselor to determine academic accommodations.
Facts about Accommodations and Services
ACCESS is a federally mandated program for college students with a verified disability.
Each ACCESS student receives customized accommodations tailored to his/her specific educational limitations.
Students are required to complete the same class assignments and are held to the same timelines and grading standards as their classmates. Educational accommodations and services level the playing field.
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
- Closed-captioned videos
- Enlarged print
- Electronic text (E-text)
- Courtesy cart
- Digital recorders
- High Tech Center
- Priority Registration
- Specific classroom accommodations depending on the disability
- Talking Spell Checker
- Test-taking accommodations
What ACCESS is not…
ACCESS is not a special education or adult day program.
We do not provide benefits such as books, grants, or supplies.
We cannot provide a personal assistant.
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 8:15am-5:00pm and Friday 8:15am-3:00pm
ACCESS High Tech Center (HTC) lab and Testing are located in the Greenleaf Library.
Hours are: Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
ALT-Media is located in the Greenleaf Library.
Hours are: 8:00am-4:30pm
We are closed on all legal and college holidays.
760-366-3791, ext. 5286
ACCESS Program Assistant
760-366-3791, ext. 4247
ACCESS Instructional Assistant
ACCESS Alternate Media Specialist
760-366-3791, ext. 5861