DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
The Disability Support Services Office (DSS) provides assistance to adult students who have disabilities. Individuals may qualify who have any of the following: a history of a disability, a history of special education classes or services, disability-related income (SSI/SSDI), a job-related injury, vocational rehabilitation, or a disabled veteran's service rating. Coordination of services are also available for students working with the Department of Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration, and other community agencies.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Office Location: North Valley Occupational Center, Room 10
Program Advisor: Teresa Romero, 818-365-9645, ext . 368
Program Assistant: Jonathan Tinaza, 818-365-9645, ext. 367
Services available include course advisement, personalized registration assistance, test accommodations, classroom accommodations, sign language interpreters, assistive technology, agency referrals and liaison, and coordination of services with the Department of Rehabilitation, the Veterans Administration (Chapter 31), and other community agencies.
To be eligible for assistance, you will need to provide documentation which states your disabilities. This information is confidential and is not shared with instructors without your explicit permission. This documentation may include:
- medical diagnosis information that you have on file at home
- a copy of an inactive I.E.P. (previous Special Education student)
- a letter or medical report from a physician or psychologist
- audiology test reports
- a copy of the original physician's documentation for the DMV or Social Security Office
- Workers Compensation records
- record of a veteran's service-related disability
* Please note that all accommodations must be clearly identified, directly correlated to the disability, and documented by a medical professional who is qualified to make the diagnosis.
Once you have qualified and registered through the DSS Office, we will assist you with registration and coordination of service and accommodations throughout your training. We are always here to provide assistance and support during your education.
If you need financial assistance with the costs of training, and plan to enter into employment following the completion of your training, you may qualify for services and support through the Department of Rehabilitation. This is a free service that assists adults who have disabilities to prepare for and secure employment. For more information, click on this link: Department of Rehabilitation