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Disability Support Services

Welcome to Disability Support Services at SFCC!

We look forward to working with you! We help hundreds of students with learning, sensory, physical, and/or psychological disabilities. Our staff makes sure students with disabilities have equal access to SFCC programs, equipment, and activities.

Available Services

Services provided to students may include but are not limited to:

  • Help completing the admissions process.
  • Referral to counseling or academic advising.
  • Help completing financial aid forms.
  • Classroom accommodations
    • Sign language/oral interpreters, note takers, readers, alternate testing, alternative format textbooks, etc.
  • Priority registration (if justified by disability).
  • Referral to resources on and off campus.
  • Use of assistive technology
    • Adaptive software and computers, scanners, ergonomic equipment, assistive listening equipment, portable keyboards, large key calculators, tape recorders, closed captioning, voice recognition, etc.

Do You Need Help?

Please let us know if you need help. You can request accommodations or specific services. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis according to what is needed to lessen the effects of the disability.

Note: The staff in Disability Support Services (DSS) works closely with Counseling Services and other college services, but does not do the same things as those services. We direct students to the services that will help them best. We also make it easier to get in contact with those services and resources. 

Why does DSS need documentation of disability?

Providing us with your disability's documentation will let us help you better. It is your responsibility to get documentation and provide it to DSS. All disabilities defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as Amended are recoginzed disabilities at ourDisability Support Services Office (DSS).

What counts as documentation?

Documentation is a written diagnosis from a licensed clinical professional. The licensed clinical professional could be a doctor or a psychologist, for example. The clinical professional needs to be familiar with the history of your disability and its effects. When the clinical professional gives you the written diagnosis describing the disability, the diagnosis needs to be printed on official letterhead. The letterhead can belong to the doctor/psychologist, or the place they work (clinic, school, etc.).

What should documentation of a disability include?

  • Identification of the nature and extent of the disability.
  • The date when you were diagnosed with the disability.
  • Information that shows the effects of the disability.
    • The functional impact on physical, perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral abilities should be described explicitly or through specific results from diagnostic procedures.
  • Medications and side effects, or a description of treatments, assistive devices, etc. that you use and their effect.
  • Documentation is usually provided by a licensed clinician.
    • Licensed clinicians include physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, learning disabilities specialists, rehabilitation or mental health counselors, or other qualified medical practitioners. 
  • The clinician's credentials and contact information.
  • Documentation should be current.
    • You may be asked to provide updated documentation if your condition changes, or if you let us know about&