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Accessibility Services

The mission of Accessibility Services is to provide equal educational access and reasonable accommodations to students with unique learning abilities while promoting self-advocacy and independence.

Students who need accommodations before registering, please call 1-833-956-0225 or send an email to [email protected]. We are here to support you.

Prospective Students

Students with accessibility needs may schedule an intake appointment with an Accessibility Counselor upon enrollment into a program pathway at Calbright College.

Eligibility

Eligibility of a disability may be verified by one of the following means:

  • Observation by a accessibility staff member; OR
  • Review of third party professional documentation.

Students with disabilities must provide documentation from a professional that describes their disabilities and accessibility needs.

Students may use documentation from an IEP, a letter from a doctor or psychiatrist, or a completed professional documentation form from a Learning Disability Specialist or Educational Psychologist. In order to be valid, verification documentation must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be documented;
  • It must be completed by a qualified professional (licensed Medical Doctor, Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Audiologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, CCC Learning Disabilities Specialist, etc.);
  • It must describe the disability, the functional limitations caused by the disability and appropriate accommodations to support the disability;
  • If a student does not have valid verification documentation, the accessibility counselor will outline possible steps to get one;
  • All documents will be kept confidential with Accessibility Services in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the professional and ethical standards of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Every student who qualifies for accessibility services has the following rights: 

  • Access to courses, programs, and student support services offered by the College;
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids determined by Accessibility Services on a case-by-case or program pathway basis;
  • Confidentiality and the choice of whom to disclose the disability, except as required by law;
  • Information provided in reasonable accessible formats.

By requesting accessibility services, students are agreeing to the following:

  • The student will apply to Accessibility Services
  • In a timely manner, self-identify to the College as a student with a disability when requesting an accommodation; 
  • Follow specific steps for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and services; 
  • Follow the Student Code of Conduct and Accessibility Services Suspension or Termination of Services (hyperlink to AS policy); 
  • Meet with an Accessibility Counselor to complete the Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP), and they will continue to meet with an Accessibility Counselor for every term to review and renew services;
  • Will take responsibility for any loaned technology and agree not to let another person use their loaned Calbright equipment.

Eligibility and Documentation

Eligibility for services will be determined by one of the following means:

  • review of documentation provided by appropriate agencies, or certified licensed professional, outside of Accessibility Services;
  • in some instances, observation by Accessibility Services certificated professional staff with review by the Accessibility Services Director.

Helpful Resources

Bookshare® Books without Barriers ​is a searchable, online library of digital books available free of charge to people with print disabilities. The collection includes textbooks, novels, periodicals and assistive technology tools for readers of all ages. Users can have memberships through their school, organization, and/or an individual membership for use at home. Reading materials are downloaded electronically and then read using compatible adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays. There is even an app for use with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

CollegeBuys.org​

Powered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, offers discounts of up to 85 percent on a wide range of educational products, ​from industry-leading software and technology to high quality office and classroom furniture.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

Support, advocacy and assistive technology to facilitate the transition to higher education

Disability Resources for College Students

Helping Students Pay for College from CollegeScholarships.org

Helping Students With Visual Disabilities​

Internet For All Now

Internet For All Now Act of 2017 was sponsored by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and its partners to lay a foundation for the future of broadband in California.

WellConnect

Offers students a wide range of services such as mental health counseling, referral and consultation services as well as a variety of other resources. 

Learning Ally

The California Community Colleges have a contractual relationship with Learning Ally, which is a major provider of audiobooks for students with print disabilities. To access your college’s free membership or to find out more about the service, visit this website. Contact information is provided for the CCC’s Learning Ally representative.

Criteria for Documenting Disabilities per Administrative Code, Title 5 § 56032. This database is current through 1/3/20 Register 2020, No. 1 5 CCR § 56042, 5 CA ADC § 56042

Physical Disability. Physical disability is defined as a limitation in locomotion or motor functions. These limitations are the result of specific impacts to the body’s muscular-skeletal or nervous systems, and limit the student’s ability to access the educational process. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56034. 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH). Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) is defined as a total or partial loss of hearing function that limits the student’s ability to access the educational process. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56035. 

Blind and Low Vision. Blindness and low vision is defined as a level of vision that limits the student’s ability to access the educational process. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56036. 

Learning Disability. Learning disability (LD) is defined as a persistent condition of presumed neurological dysfunction which may exist with other disabling conditions. The dysfunction is not explained by lack of educational opportunity, lack of proficiency in the language of instruction, or other non-neurological factors, and this dysfunction limits the student’s ability to access the educational process. To be categorized as a student with a learning disability a student must meet the following criteria through psycho-educational assessment verified by a qualified specialist certified to assess learning disabilities: (a) Average to above-average intellectual ability; and (b) Statistically significant processing deficit(s); and/or (c) Statistically significant aptitude-achievement discrepancies. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56037. 

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is defined as a deficit in brain functioning which results in a total or partial loss of cognitive, communicative, motor, psycho-social and/or sensory-perceptual abilities, and limits the student’s ability to access the educational process. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. Effective October 16, 2015 9 § 56038. 

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined as a neurodevelopmental disorder that is a persistent deficit in attention and/or hyperactive and impulsive behavior that limits the student’s ability to access the educational process.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56039. 

Intellectual Disability (ID). Intellectual disability (ID) is defined as significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior that affect and limit the student’s ability to access the educational process. An individual may have an intellectual disability when: (a) the person’s functioning level is below average intellectual ability; and (b) the person has significant limitations in adaptive skill areas as expressed in conceptual, social, academic and practical skills in independent living and employment; and, (c) the disability originated before the age of 18. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56040.

Autism Spectrum. Autism Spectrum disorders are defined as neurodevelopmental disorders described as persistent deficits which limit the student’s ability to access the educational process. Symptoms must have been present in the early developmental period, and cause limitation in social, academic, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code. § 56042. 

Mental Health Disability. Mental Health disability is defined as a persistent psychological or psychiatric disability, or emotional or mental illness that limits the student’s ability to access the educational process. For purposes of this subchapter, conditions that are not described and/or excluded in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not covered in this category. 

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 67312, 70901 and 84850, Education Code. Reference: Sections 67310-67312 and 84850, Education Code; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101; American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. Effective October 16, 2015 10 § 56044. 

Other Health Conditions and Disabilities. This category includes all students with disabilities, as defined in Section 56002, with other health conditions, and/or disabilities that affect a major life activity, which are otherwise not defined in Sections 56032-56042, but which limit the student’s ability to access the educational process.