Q: I am completely new to NVC. How do I get started as a DSPS student?
A: The intake process for an incoming DSPS student is as follows:
- Apply to NVC.
Apply to the DSPS program.
- Meet with DSPS certificated staff to develop an Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP).
Q: What is an Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP)?
A: The AAP is the support services/accommodations plan. Information includes functional limitations, approved accommodations, long term educational goals and measurements, support resources, consent for release of information and student rights and responsibilities. This document needs to be signed once.
Q: Does Napa Valley College have Special Education classes?
A: The college does not have Special Education classes. You will be enrolled in the same college classes as all students.
Q: I don’t know the name of my disability. Who should I contact?
A: Contact the DSPS Specialist at 256-7447. Tell them you are trying to get into the DSPS program and need help figuring out the name of your disability.
Q: What do I need to document my disability?
A: Ask your Special Education teachers, your parents and your doctor(s) for any documentation of your disability. This includes IEPs, 504 Plans, testing results and doctor’s documents. DSPS staff need this documentation to verify your disability and determine what accommodations will work for you. If you can't locate your paperwork, make an appointment with a DSPS Counselor to verify to disability.
Q: I don’t have all of the documentation of my disability. What should I do?
A: If you have received services for a disability while in school, go ahead and make an appointment for the DSPS intake process with a DSPS Counselor or LD Specialist. Our staff can help you figure out what you need for documentation.
Q: What is going to happen at the appointment? Can I just leave the paperwork and go?
A: The DSPS staff will begin the DSPS application process through doing an intake with you. The appointment may last an hour. During this time staff will verify your disability, determine accommodations, ask you to sign a release of information form and Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP).
Or, you may do some of the intake process and be asked to return for another appointment for testing or to meet with the DSPS counselor or Learning Disabilities Specialist. You can’t leave the paperwork and go!
Q: Do I have to go through this process every semester?
A: The good news is that you only have to go through the DSPS application once, as long as you are continuing student.
You do have to work with DSPS staff to determine your accommodations for classes each semester. We will notify your professors, but you need to request accommodations.
Q: My parents have always attended the IEPs and meetings in the past. Should I bring my parents?
A: Although your parents attended meetings in the past, you are an adult (if you are 18 years old). You do not have to bring your parents and are even encouraged to begin the process of advocating for yourself. At your first meeting, you will be asked to sign a Confidentiality and Release of Information form. Information provided to us is confidential. The college will not release your information without your permission. This includes to your parents. Even if your parents call us, we cannot talk to them about you without your permission.
Q: What are accommodations?
A: Accommodations (also referred to as academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services) are provided if you have a limitation in the educational setting as a result of your disability. Examples of accommodations include:
- Extended time on exams
- Distraction-reduced examination setting
- Note-taking assistance in classes
- Reader or scribe on exams
- Recorded lectures
- Preferential seating
- Spell check devices
- Audio Books
- Speech to text (for writing
- Priority registration
Q: Does everyone receive the same accommodations?
A: No. Not all students receive the same accommodations nor do all students with the same disability receive the same accommodations.
Q: What’s the first thing I need to do to get accommodations?
A: You must be enrolled in the DSPS program and meet with a credentialed professional to receive accommodations. Accommodations are only provided if you have a limitation in the educational setting as a result of your disability.
Q: How do my professors know that I have accommodations?
A: Per your request, the DSPS staff will send notifications to each of your professors about your accommodations.
If you have a learning disability, call 256-7442. Or, stop by Learning Services in room 1766.
Other disabilities, contact the DSPS Specialist 256-7447.
Q: How do I request my accommodations?
A: You can request your accommodations by submitting a Semester Accommodations Request form (either online or in-person), which can be found on our
Accommodations & Services page
. Remember that accommodations must be requested every semester.
Q: If I get Assistive Technology as an accommodation, how do I ask for training?
A: To set up a technology training appointment, give our office a call at (707) 256-7345.
Q: Do all DSPS students need to sign a recording agreement for class audio recording?
A: Yes, if the student plans to use this as an accommodation and use a DSPS issued device or personal device, a recording agreement/contract is needed before this service can be provided. The recording agreement can be found on our
Q: Can I get testing accommodations for the placement tests for English and Math?
A: Many disabilities require extended time for testing as an accommodation. The appointment with a DSPS Counselor or LD Specialist will determine if you get extra time on the placement tests. They will provide you with this information. They will also let the Testing and Tutoring Center know that you get extra time.
You should go to the Testing and Tutoring Center in room 1764 on the top floor of the McCarthy Library building (1700) to take your English and math placement tests. These tests determine the starting level of English and math classes.
Q: How would I authorize use of a Personal Service Attendant (PSA)?
A: For more information about our interal process regarding PSAs, visit our Process for Authorizing PSA document on our