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Disability Resource Center

Continuing Students


Dear DRC Students:

Welcome back to another year with us at Cañada College! We hope that we can help you achieve an enriching and successful school year with our services and resources. As always, please reach out to us by email or phone number if you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed. We're so excited to see how much you'll accomplish!

 

If you are already registered with us, here are your responsibilities:

You need to request accommodations for every semester you want to use accommodations.  If you do not request accommodations, you will be not be able to receive academic accommodations and will be considered "unregistered" in the DRC for the semesters you do not request accommodations. 
 
We recommend that you request accommodations a couple of weeks before the semester begins.  Here is the link to the accommodation request form.

It is your responsibility to deliver your accommodation memo to your professors and request an appointment to review your accommodations with them.  This is very important, because not all accommodations will be used in every class and every professor will implement your accommodations in a different way. 

You have two options on how you'd like to review your accommodations with your professors: 

  • If you would like us to have a group meeting with the DRC and your professor to review your accommodations, please cc-us when emailing your memo to your professor and let your professor know that you’d like to meet as a team to review your accommodations for their class. If you're not sure how to word this email, here is an example:

Hello Professor Good,

I am in your HIST 200 course that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3pm.  I have attached my accommodation memo to this email for you. I'd like to request a group appointment with you and the DRC to review which accommodations on my memo I will need to use for your class.  It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes. Please let us know your availability.  

Thank you,

Hanna Banana 

  • If you prefer meeting with your professor without the DRC to review your accommodations, we recommend reviewing every accommodation on your memo to let your professors know which accommodations apply to their classes and which ones don’t apply to their classes.  If you're not sure how to word your email, here is an example:

Hello Professor Nice,

I am in your ENGL 100 course that meets on Thursdays at 6pm  I am emailing my accommodation memo to you, and I'd like to make an appointment with you to let you know which accommodations do not apply to your class and which ones require your support.  I would only need a few minutes of your time. Please let me know when is a good day and time for us to talk on the phone or via email. 

Looking forward to hearing from you,

North Dakota 

 

 

After you meet with your professors, please send them an email to thank them for their time and a summary of what you agreed upon for each accommodation.  This is important to make sure you did not misunderstand anything during your meeting with your professor.  If you're not sure how to word your thank you email, here is one example:

Hello Professor Smith,

Thank you for meeting with me today.  Here is a summary of our conversation today

  • Assistive Technology: My assistive technology is my magnifying app on my phone.

  • Audio recording: I will not need this accommodation for your class, because you will record your lectures and post them on Canvas for all students. 

  • Preferential Seating: I will ask the DRC office to place a reserved sign on the seat that is in the third row from the back of the room, against the window. 

  • 1.5x Extended time on test/quizzes: You will allow me to come to your earlier class session so I can start my test early and then I can stay in the same room to continue working on my test/quiz with the rest of my class.

  • Breaks During Tests/Quizzes:  I will have the option to have to have a break after each page that I complete.  I understand that you will give me only one page at a time so that I will not be able to see any other questions on the exam before a break, and I must turn in the completed pages before I go on my break.  I will be allowed no more than 5 minutes per break, and no more than 4 breaks total during tests and no more than two breaks during quizzes. 
  • Distraction reduced environment: Sound and fluorescent lights distract me, so you will allow me to wear noise reducing headsets or ear plugs that I will be responsible for bringing, and I will sit in your office without any lights on.  If no one will be available to proctor me in your office, you will allow me to wear sunglasses in the classroom if lights must be on or sit by the window to get natural light.  If I forget my headsets, it will be my responsibility to go get a pair from the DRC office before the class begins. 

Please let me know if my notes are accurate.  Thank you for supporting my needs this semester. 

Have a great day,

Austin Texas

 

 

If you are receiving temporary accommodations or have a new a disability, it is your responsibility to submit your new documentation to us as soon as possible.  You may turn in your updated documentation in a few ways:

If you do not receive a confirmation the we have received your new documentation within 5 business days, please email us at canadadrc@smccd.edu 

 

Here are examples of documentation that we accept:

  • A copy of your medical examination results (e.g. eye exam, hearing test, etc)
  • A letter on letterhead verifying a diagnosis by a doctor or other qualified professional. If you will be submitting a doctor's note, please make sure it includes the following:
    • Letter/note must be on letterhead 
    • It must be dated within the last month
    • Must disclose or explain your health condition/challenge
    • A description of the current impact in an educational setting
    • Must include the duration of condition/challenge (this will determine how long we can provide accommodations for you). 
    • List of recommended accommodations 
    • It must have a signature (electronic is signature is okay) 

If you have a medical challenge (physical or mental) and you cannot get a doctor's note, you may ask your medical professional to complete the Medical Verification form instead. 

All colleges are considered separate entities and therefore, it us your responsibility to sign up with their disability services programs separately.
 
 
Although Skyline College and College of San Mateo are in the same district as Cañada College, we are also three separate entities.  Therefore, if you take classes at any of our sister colleges and would like to receive academic accommodations at their colleges, it is your responsibility to register with them.
 
To register for disability services at Skyline College, please visit their website at this link:  https://skylinecollege.edu/educationalaccesscenter/ 
 
To register to disability services at College of San Mateo, please visit their website at this link: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/dsps/

 

If your accommodations are not helping you, you should not have to struggle.  Do not be afraid to contact us and ask us for help for any reason.  One of the options you have is for us to review your current accommodations to see if we need to amend any of your supports.  If you feel overwhelmed or just have a curious question, don't hesitate to email one of our staff members. 
If you would like the DRC to proctor any of your exams, it is your responsibility to request proctoring.  If you would like the DRC to proctor any tests or quizzes, here is what you need to do:

 

1st: Download the Proctor Request Form (aka Blue Form) - [contact canadadrc@smccd if you do not see download option here]

  • You need to turn this form in at least 7 days prior to the test. No proctoring will be allowed after test dates given by instructor.

2nd: Complete your portion of the form:

  • Student name
  • G#
  • Kurzweil on the test?
  • Semester
  • Class
  • Instructor Name

3rd: Then you must email/hand deliver the form to your instructor and have them complete the rest of the form:

  • Date of test
  • Time of test
  • Length of time to take the test
  • If student has back-to-back classes, is there a flexible start time?
  • Agree where the test will be proctored
  • Let us know how the test will be delivered to us
  • Let us know how you would like us to return the test to you
  • Give us any special instructions for the test
  • Professor signature 

4th: Then you must collect the completed form from the instructor and deliver it to us WITH the second page (Test Accommodation Form) signed.  On this second page, you are agreeing to the following:

  1. Testing accommodations will not be provided until a student’s eligibility for such services has been verified. Testing accommodation will be provided to students only in courses where their educational limitations indicate that they are necessary.
  2. Testing accommodations will occur during the scheduled test time when other students are taking the exam, unless agreed upon in advance by the instructor.
  3. Exams will be stopped and instructors will be notified if cheating, unauthorized use of notes, books, calculators or other improper behaviors are observed during the examination. Infractions will be referred to the Vice President of Student Services for due process as defined by the Cañada College catalogue.

5th: You will be getting a confirmation email from the DRC.  If you do not receive any email from us after 48 business hours, please email us to confirm that we have received your proctoring request.

 

If you are experiencing any difficulties completing the process of making a proctoring appointment with us, please contact us at canadadrc@smccd.edu as soon as possible so we can help you.

 

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Upload your own documents: TBA

How to highlight and take notes: TBA

How to change the voice settings: TBA

How to use Kurzweil as a reader on websites: TBA

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Important for you to know:

All DRC students get priority registration unless they:

  • Are attending their 1st semester at the college
  • Are concurrent students (currently enrolled in high school too)
  • Do not have an updated Student Education Plan (SEP) on file by the deadline 
  • Have over 100 units or on probation need to do paperwork

This is very important to meet with your academic counselor every semester, because we want to make sure you are taking the right classes toward your academic goals.  And remember, not all classes are transferable so please make sure to meet with an academic counselor to double check that you are on the right track. The DRC's Academic Counselor is To Nhu Do and she can be contacted at dotonhu@smccd.edu.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) only applies to K-12.  In some instances, students may continue to have legal rights under certain federal laws, through college programs, and in employment.

 

However, when students graduate from high school or reach age 21, they no longer have rights under the IDEA.  The reason why is because IDEA establishes the right to a “free appropriate public education” (“FAPE”), but post secondary education is not free.  There are tuition costs to attend colleges and universities.  

 

But college students will remain to have the right to academic accommodations through the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and be protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Yes, if:

    • You've moved permanently to another state. Register to vote in the new state.

    • You've moved within your state or changed your name. Update your voter registration with your new location or your new name. Make sure you also update your state driver's license or state ID card before the election, if that's the voter ID you'll use.

  • No, if:

    • Your name and address have not changed and you're an active voter.

  • Maybe, if:

    • You move to a different state very close to the date of a presidential primary or general election. Check with your old state. You may be able to vote by mail through your old state for that election. After that, you'll need to register with and begin voting in your new state.

 

*The DRC is here to help you register to vote in the state of California.  Please contact us at canadadrc@smccd.edu if you need any assistance.  For more details please see the "Resources for Students" tab to the left of our webpage. 

Students with verified disabilities have the right to receive reasonable academic adjustments in order to create an educational environment where they have equal access to instruction. The District is thus responsible to make modifications to academic requirements and practices as necessary—without any fundamental alteration of academic standards, courses, educational programs or degrees—to ensure that it does not discriminate against qualified students with disabilities. In addition, each district is required to have a policy and procedure for responding to students with verified disabilities who request academic adjustments.  Here HERE to download the Policy and Procedures for Providing Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities.


If you do not wish to contact the DRC for any concerns or questions, you may contact the college's ADA Compliance Officer.  His name is Dr. Wissem Bennani at bennaniw@smccd.edu.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. This includes any of the following:

  • All unwelcome sex-based and/or gender-based conduct
  • All unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature
  • Sexual harassment resulting from a hostile environment
  • Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment (“This for That”)
  • Sexual Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Stalking
  • Harassment through severe, pervasive or persistent behavior

 

Cañada College's Title IX Coordinator is Dean Max Hartman.  He can be reached at hartmanmax@smccd.edu

There is a formal and informal process for student grievances.  For more information, please visit the college's Student Complaints page.  If you need any assistance filing a grievance, such as requiring a scribe or a reader, please contact us at canadadrc@smccd.edu and we will help you through the process.  

 

Responsibilities for ALL students:

The Student Handbook contains information about student organizations, college services, college rules, student rights, student disciplinary due process procedures, and Cañada’s staff and governance structure.  To view the handbook, please click on this LINK.  

To find the list of actions prohibited on campus, please visit the Code of Conduct page.  

 

Here are some resources to help you study:

The DRC does not have its own tutoring center. However, we can offer accommodations for tutoring on campus at the Learning Center.  Please email canadadrc@smccd.edu to make an appointment with a DRC counselor to discuss what types of tutoring accommodations you are eligible for.

We have may tips on study strategies.  Please click here to learn more.

However, researchers have shown that loud noises and other distractions do not affect concentration. Rather, distractions are created through the way students interpret them.

 

Creating a Study Environment

1.         Choose an area that will be exclusively used for studying

2.         Surround yourself with study aides

3.         Study in quiet areas without TVs and radios

4.         Do not study in areas where you’ll fall asleep or become groggy

 

When to Study

1.         Study during the early morning, afternoon, and early evening since you’ll better retain information. Avoid studying late at night.

2.         Study during times when you will not be distracted by friends, extra-curricular activities, or work responsibilities

3.         Don’t study when you’re tired. Get plenty of rest before long study sessions

4.         When you can no longer concentrate or become extremely tired, end the study session

 

How to Study & Concentrate

1.         When studying in distracting situations, move to a new setting

2.         During study sessions, jot down distracting thoughts. This will enable you to forget them and focus on studying

3.         Begin study sessions by identifying goals. This could include the number of homework problems to work through or pages to read

4.         Reward yourself for meeting your study goals, which could include going to the movies, reading a book, or other activities you enjoy

5.         Structure study sessions by organizing content to be studied into chunks. This will limit boredom during long sessions

6.         Schedule periodic breaks to clear your mind

7.         Do not study while you’re watching TV or socializing with friends

8.         If you struggle concentrating, schedule multiple short study sessions

9.         Schedule study sessions in advance to avoid possible distractions

10.       Remember that friends will not lose respect for you if you miss out on social gathering to study. 

11.       Plan study sessions around content to cover rather than time. Constantly checking your watch is distracting

 

Here are some support resources on campus that you might find helpful:

We work closely with the Personal Counseling Department.  Please complete the Personal Counseling Interest Form to request to see a personal counselor.  You can also find more helpful information on their website

If you have any questions about your health or health insurances, please contact the Health Center.  Here is the link to their website.

 

Here are support resources OFF campus that you might find helpful:

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.  Here is the link to their website: DOR.

The ADA office has important information regarding disability rights at work and at school.  Here is the link to their website: ADA.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule, which together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination, conscience, religious freedom, and health information privacy. Visihttps://www.hhs.gov/ocr/index.html for more information.

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As a response to COVID-19, FEMA and CalMHSA have partnered with NAMI to create the NAMI WLA Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) warmline. Their goal is to connect callers with English and Spanish speaking crisis counselors and provide free resources to anyone who has mental health needs in the wake of COVID-19. 

Click here to download the CalHope Pamphlet as a PDF.

 

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy in pursuit of employment, independent living and equality for Californians with disabilities.

Click here for more information on the DOR.

Click here to download the Vocational Rehabilitaion Services Application.

 

Register to Vote:  

 
  • Yes, if:

    • You've moved permanently to another state. Register to vote in the new state.

    • You've moved within your state or changed your name. Update your voter registration with your new location or your new name. Make sure you also update your state driver's license or state ID card before the election, if that's the voter ID you'll use.

  • No, if:

    • Your name and address have not changed and you're an active voter.

  • Maybe, if:

    • You move to a different state very close to the date of a presidential primary or general election. Check with your old state. You may be able to vote by mail through your old state for that election. After that, you'll need to register with and begin voting in your new state.

    •  

*The DRC is here to help you register to vote in the state of California.  Please contact us at canadadrc@smccd.edu if you need any assistance.  For more details please see the "Resources for Students" tab to the left of our webpage. 

Every time that you request accommodations, we will ask if you would like our help to register to vote.  The answer that you provide on the form will be documented on the Voter Preference Form and kept in your DRC file. Please note that in order to register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California,

  • 18 years old or older on Election Day,

  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History), and

  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship).

 

If you  checked off on the Request for Accommodations form that you wish to have help registering to vote, we will be contacting you to make an appointment with you to help you complete the Voter Registration form.  To find more information on voting,you can visit: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/frequently-asked-questions/ 

 

As the November 3rd general election nears, we want to ensure that those of you who are eligible to vote have the necessary information to cast your ballot in the safest manner possible. COVID-19 presents some unique challenges for election administration that may require advanced preparation on your part. 

  • Voter Registration:  We encourage students to register to vote through the Ballot Bowl Competition – a friendly voter registration competition among California’s major higher education systems.
  • Vote by Mail:  Registered voters can expect to receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot sent to the address listed on their voter registration.  If you have moved, you may need to re-register with your new address to prevent your ballot from being delivered to your previous address. You can verify your voter registration online with the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Status” tool. 

  • Early Voting: Whether you vote in-person or by mail, consider voting early to avoid long lines on Election Day or potential mail delays.  
  • Important Dates  
    • September 22nd - National Voter Registration Day 
    • October 5th - First Day Vote-by-Mail Ballots are Available 
    • October 19th - Non-conditional Voter Registration Deadline 
    • Nov 3rd - Election Day  
The DRC counselors are available to help you register to vote.  Please email canadadrc@smccd.edu to make an appointment with one of our staff members, so we can help you register to vote.