Student with other disabilities

Students with other disabilities often need certain considerations also. If you have questions or considerations for any student please call the DSS office at 925-969-2182 for more information.

Cardiac disorders

Additional considerations are generally not needed for students with cardiac disorders except when the course requirements involve an unusual amount of physical activity or if medical complications arise that cause them to miss class.

Chemical dependency

These are students who are in recovery and have been verified as having a chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol.


Students with diabetes generally require no classroom accommodations. Occasionally they may need to snack during class. Students generally schedule time to eat before strenuous physical activity. Problems such as diabetic coma and insulin shock may occur when there is an imbalance of insulin, food, and energy expenditure. If these problems arise, please call the campus emergency number, 925-969-3000

If a student seems dazed, confused, or is unresponsive, please call the Campus Police emergency number, 925-969-3000, to assist the student. These may be a sign of diabetic shock.

Multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy

Although these symptoms are sometimes invisible they may affect the student in a multitude of ways. The symptoms have a tendency to come and go, but they continue to progress. Understanding the fluctuations that may occur in the student's behavior makes it easier to understand variations in classroom performance.

Short of stature

Students of short stature will have in-classroom access problems similar to those of a student in a wheelchair.

Speech impairments

Impairments range from problems with articulation or voice strength to being totally non-vocal. They include stuttering (repetition, blocks, and/or prolongations occasionally accompanied by distorted movements and facial expressions) chronic hoarseness (dysphonia), difficulty in evoking an appropriate word or term (nominal aphasia), and esophageal speech (resulting from a laryngectomy). Many students with speech impairments will be hesitant about participating in activities that require speaking.