Santa Monica College's Disabled Student Services is available to assist instructors and staff with any concerns about an academic adjustment and/or implementation of an adjustment.

The department offers

  • guidance on admissions requirements and procedures

  • special programs to help students with academic, vocational, and career planning

  • services such as tutoring, test proctoring and other assistance

  • specialized adaptive equipment

The DSS's primary objective is to integrate students into all campus programs and activities so that they can function independently at SMC.

Support services to facilitate this include

  • Classes in:

    • study skills

    • adaptive computer technology

    • personal and social awareness

    • independent living skills

    • adaptive physical education

    • (These classes are listed in the schedule under "Counseling - Disabled St Serv.")

  • Educational assessment and intervention for students with special learning difficulties.

  • The High Tech Training Center, designed to train students with disabilities in the use of adapted computer technology.

  • The Acquired Brain Injury Program, which promotes reentry into academic and vocational programs and community living skills improvement.

  • Pathfinders, a specialized program under the guidance of Emeritus that is designed to support adults who have disabilities due to a stroke.

  • Assistance with finding note-takers and/or readers, ordering alternate-format texts, etc.

  • Academic and personal counseling

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