Resources for Students

 

Student FAQ's: 

Any altercation of the environment, curriculum format, or access to equipment that allows an individual with a disability to gain access to content and/or complete assigned tasks.  For more information, visit our accommodation facts page here.
Learning disabilities are the affects of one or more cognitive processes (ex: hearing, seeing, remembering, etc).  So for example, if you have deficits in auditory processing, it means you have difficulty understanding what you hear. 
Learning disabilities are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning. 
Maybe. A high school plan (IEP or 504) governs the high school setting. A DRC counselor will meet with you to determine your current functional limitations and work with you on developing accommodations for the college setting. 
Yes. The DRC serves many hidden disabilities such as: ADHD, Chronic illness (e.g., AIDS, cancer, Lyme disease, etc.), Epilepsy or seizure disorders, Learning disabilities, Psychiatric (psychological) disorders, Recovering drug or alcohol addiction.
There is no cost to register or receive supports from the DRC.
Yes. The DRC treats all student information and communication as confidential.  If students would like us to release information to a third party (including to their parents), they must give us written permission.  We highly recommend that you complete a "Release of Information" form if you would like us to discuss any of the content in your files with a third party. 
No. Students with disabilities do not have to register with the DRC, but this means that their professors are not legally obligated to provide academic accommodations to them.
Contact your DRC counselor or director as soon as possible, so they can contact the instructor.  Your instructor may not understand how to implement your accommodations and requires guidance from us. 
Yes. If you do not wish to contact the DRC for any concerns or questions, you may contact Cañada College's ADA Compliance Officer is Dr. Matais Pouncil,  He can be reached at pouncilm@smccd.edu.  
Yes.  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.  

 

 

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.

 

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.