Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Providing Equitable Access and Accommodations for All Students
(SAS was formerly known as Disability Support Programs and Services [DSPS])
If you have a disability, SAS offers a wide variety of services to support your needs and enhance your educational experience at Sierra College. From priority registration and vocational counseling to student education plans and evaluating learning disabilities, SAS has everything you’ll need!
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The mission of SAS is to promote participation and accessibility to all aspects of Sierra College’s programs and activities, thereby ensuring students with disabilities have the opportunity to participate fully in their educational experience through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
SAS is dedicated to providing the following services to eligible students:
- Individualized academic, disability, and vocational counseling & advocacy
- Priority registration
- Academic accommodations/adjustments and support services
- Alternate media and assistive technology
- Captioning and Interpreter Services
- Liaison with and referral to campus and community services
- Diagnostic assessment of learning disabilities (limited service)
Academic accommodations, adjustments, and support services are individually based on the functional limitations resulting from a disability and how the limitation impacts academic performance in the educational environment.
When you register with SAS, you can ask your counselor for an Accommodation Certification Form. You can show this form to your instructors or the Testing Center if you need accommodations such as extra time on exams or a note-taker.
How to Apply
1. Apply to Sierra College, accept college terms and conditions, and take the placement assessment. If you have received accommodations in the past, you may receive extended time for your assessment test if needed.
2. Schedule a SAS counseling appointment.
3. Bring disability documents to your SAS Counselor. You will need disability documentation to be verified.
How To Verify Your Disability
You can have your disability verified by submitting one of these disability document to SAS:
- Physician’s verification of disability
- Individualized Education Plan from High School
- Section 504 from High School
Or you can visit Sierra College’s Learning Opportunity Center to get tested and verified.
All information is strictly confidential. Your instructor will not know you have a disability until you request an accommodation. An instructor is not entitled to know your specific disability.
Meet with a General Counselor or a SAS Counselor
Student Accessibility Services counselors provide the same services as general counseling. You can see any counselor you wish for general counseling. However, you must meet with SAS faculty and sign your MAP (My Academic Plan) every semester to receive services. You always have the option of not using the programs and services available to you.
More SAS Resources
Assistive Technology Lab
Students with disabilities are supported through specialized software and hardware at Sierra College. In the Assistive Technology Lab you will receive individualized training and hands-on practice. Assistive computer stations are also available campus wide.
Assistive software and support includes the following:
- Scan/Read programs for learning/visual disabilities: Kurzweil 1000 and 3000; Read and Write Gold; ClaroRead.
- Screen Readers: JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and Fusion
- Magnification: ZoomTextXtra and Fusion
- Speech Recognition: Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Writing Development and Organization: Inspiration, Dataspiration
- Notetaking Solutions: AudioNotetaker, SmartPen
Sierra College also has a variety of assistive hardware including a Braille embosser, tactile image enhancer, closed circuit TV magnifiers, and portable keyboard note-takers.
Please call (916) 660-7212 for more information. Alternate media may be accessed using Firefly.
Learning Opportunity Center (LOC)
Students who suspect they have a learning disability can receive assessment and the following support services:
- Fine-tune their academic skills during our workshops on learning strategies.
- Individual appointments, where we can provide learning strategies, information, and referrals.
- Screening for ADD/ADHD and Visual Perception.
- Classes to improve visual perceptual skills.