Apply for Disability Support Services

Disabilities by Definition (PDF link)

How to apply:

First time and returning students need to complete the DVC application on line. Next complete and bring in the DSS Application for Services form along with your verification of disability to the DSS office. If you received services in high school, you may bring in an IEP or 504 plan.  For learning disabilities, please provide DSS with your Psycho-educational report.  If you are working with a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist, bring in a letter from your current physician or have your physician complete the Disability Verification form.

Once you have turned in your documentation you will need to meet with a DSS counselor. To continue receiving services from the DSS program you must see a DSS counselor at least once an academic year. During your appointment your documentation will be reviewed by the DSS counselor who will explain the services you are eligible for and how to receive those services.

Step by Step Guide to Applying for DSS Services

Note: In order to receive services all three steps must be completed. Step by step Guide 

Step 1: Complete and sign DSS Application for services.
Step 2: Provide documentation of disability such as:

  • IEP
  • Note from doctor or medical provider
  • Department of Rehabilitation
  • 504 Plan
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Regional Center
  • Psych-educational report
  • Disability Verification Form Completed by professional
  • Other: ______________

Step 3: Meet with a DSS counselor.

For appointments, counseling schedule, and drop-ins please call the Counseling office: 925-969-2140

*Please specify that you would like to meet with a DSS counselor.

For questions regarding the DSS application process please email: rdechristofaro@dvc.edu

Temporary services:

If you have a temporary disability such as sprained ankle, broken leg, or pregnancy. You must complete an Application for Services form and also provide DSS with a letter from your physician or have your physician complete the Disability Verification form.

Eligibility requirements:

Individuals with mobility, visual, hearing, speech, learning, intellectual, and mental health disabilities, as well as those who have acquired brain injuries, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, chronic or intermittent health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, seizure disorders, cardiac disorders, multiple sclerosis, pulmonary disorders, or carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from available services.

Required Documentation:

Future DSS students must submit proof of the disability. This can be from any licensed medical provider or psychologist specifically stating what the student is being treated for. Please refer to the checklist above or have your medical provider fill out the disability verification form. 

Priority registration policy and guidelines:

It is often important for students with disabilities to enroll in specific sections of a course. They may need to arrange for interpreter services, convert text books into alternate format, or coordinate other accommodations. In addition, the actual process of registration can be especially difficult and stressful for many students with disabilities. As a result, DSS offers priority registration to qualified students.

To receive priority registration students must be registered through the DSS department and have completed all three steps. Priority registration helps students to pick classes early and eliminates the stress of not being able to get in a desired class. All student must meet with a DSS counselor once a semester for priority registration to continue as well as update their accommodations.

Counselors will be available on drop- in appointments the week before priority registration to meet and discuss future classes as well as issues regarding registration dates. 

Keep in mind High School students concurrently enrolled are not eligible for priority registration. Students on any level of probation will not be eligible for priority registration, and will have to complete an appeal form with a counselor.