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Disabled Student Programs and Services at Citrus College (DSPS)

DSPS offers counseling appointments in person, by phone, or web/video conferencing via Zoom. To enable Zoom conferencing for counseling appointments, please make sure you have access to your Citrus College email account.

Attention New Applicants

  • All interested individuals are encouraged to apply to DSPS - Getting Started.
  • Students must complete the DSPS application online and upload their disability documentation to the application.
  • Please call (626) 914-8675 or email dsps@citruscollege.edu to schedule an appointment with the DSPS specialist if you need assistance with the application.
  • It is also recommended for high school students and recent high school graduates to review the New Student Information to learn more about what to expect in college.
  • Student requests for a pregnancy accommodation should contact Brenda Fink, Title IX coordinator, at bfink@citruscollege.edu, (626) 914-8830. The Title IX office is in the human resources office, located in the first floor of the Administration Building.

Continuing Students

  • Ensure you have your 2024-25 DSPS Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) to present to your instructors when requesting accommodations.
  • Appointments for advisement, discussion of accommodations, update file/priority registration, reduced course load for EOPS or Promise, or alternative media requests may be scheduled by calling the DSPS office at (626) 914-8675 or email dsps@citruscollege.edu. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number and Citrus College email.
  • For priority registration deadlines, please review the winter/spring priority registration page or the summer/fall priority registration page.

Life Skills Certificate

Free Fall 2024 In-Person Noncredit Classes

Skills to help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to transition to more independent living and working environments.

NC 504 Social Skills for Success

Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. from September 16 through October 23, 2024

NC 505 Skills for Career Success

Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:05 a.m. from October 28 through December 4, 2024

Click here to visit the noncredit Apply and Register web page.
For further details, contact (626) 852-8022 or conted@citruscollege.edu

For your reference, you may click here to downoad a PDF flyer containing the identical information above.

Calling All Parents! Parent 101 Workshop
Coming in October 2024 via Zoom

Workshops are offered biannually, in May for summer/fall students and October for winter/spring students.

Join us for this "Parent 101 Workshop" hosted by DSPS packed with information, tips and resources!

Please RSVP to Emmy Madrid, DSPS specialist, via email at emadrid@citruscollege.edu or by phone (626) 852-6492.
Please provide your name, parent or organization, phone number and email address.
(Zoom link will be shared week of workshop with all who RSVP.)

What is on the agenda?

Academic Standards and Policies
Classes Offered
College Preparation/Readiness: What to Expect
Conservatorship
FERPA
High School Counselor Tips
How to Apply and Register

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Modification vs. Accommodation
Parent Tips and Roles
Question and Answer Opportunities
Resources
Self-Advocacy
Student Rights

DSPS students requesting accommodations are responsible for providing their DSPS Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) to their instructors via email. The AAP outlines each student's approved accommodations. This form is emailed to the student after they meet with a DSPS counselor to review accommodations.

Please note: The AAP is sent to students electronically. Keep your AAP in a safe place as you may need it to request accommodations for subsequent terms.

Update File/Priority Registration

For continuing DSPS students:
In this appointment, students obtain their AAP for the new school year, which covers summer term up through the end of spring semester. The AAP is an important form for students to show their instructor(s) when requesting accommodations. Additionally, eligibility for priority registration is determined in this same appointment. View the winter/spring priority registration dates or the summer/fall priority registration dates for deadlines. Please contact DSPS at (626) 914-8675 or email dsps@citruscollege.edu to schedule your "Update File/Priority Registration" appointment.

Further Support

Students may find more information about accommodations by visiting the Accommodations and Services page on this website.

Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a DSPS counselor if guidance regarding academic progress in current classes is needed. Students may also contact DSPS with questions regarding the provision of approved accommodations. The DSPS team is committed to working with our students to problem-solve through different accommodation situations.

DSPS Contact Information
dsps@citruscollege.edu
(626) 914-8675

If you prefer, feel free to contact your counselor directly with any questions. Counselors are available on the following days below. Please note, counselors respond to emails only during their scheduled work days.

  • Shellyn Aguirre, DSPS counselor/learning disabilities specialist
    saguirre@citruscollege.edu
    (available Monday through Friday)
    Please allow up to 24 business hours for a response.

  • Rebecca Ferrelli, DSPS counselor/Veteran Success Center liaison
    rferrelli@citruscollege.edu
    (available Monday and Wednesday)

  • Flora Yee, DSPS counselor/learning disabilities specialist
    fyee@citruscollege.edu
    (available Monday through Thursday)
    Please allow up to 24 business hours for a response.
  • Programs and Services Assistance
  • Technology On-Campus
  • Withdrawals
  • Off-Site Web-Based Resources: Assistive Learning Technologies
    • Ally Quick Start for Students and Alternative Formats
      Available to all students using Canvas, this program allows students to select a file in their course to be made in a different format, such as ePub, Audio, or BeeLine Reader.
    • Freedom Scientific: JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion
      These programs assist blind and low vision individuals with access to reading information on the internet or any digital documents in Microsoft Word or PDFs. Free license through June 30 with any email address, or free for a full year with a qualified school email.
    • Kurzweil 3000
      Online software with text to speech reading capability and a variety of study tools to assist with writing and reading comprehension. Free 90-day trial to all during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • Otter Voice Meeting Notes
      A free app that can help students with note taking by recording class lectures and presentations and converting that information into text. The free basic version allows up to 600 minutes per month. The premium version is $8.33 per month is for 6,000 minutes. Students may receive 50% off the regular subscription price by using their school email address upon sign-up.

  • Off-Site Web-Based Resources: Coping Strategies and Your Mental Health
  • Off-Site Web-Based Resources: Learning Online/Remotely
  • Off-Site Web-Based Resources: Los Angeles County and California State
    • Department of Rehabilitation
      The 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.

      Work Together: Department services are designed to help you formulate and achieve your employment goal. Working together as a team, you and your counselor will develop a plan to determine the steps necessary for you to reach your goal.

      Eligibility: Individuals with a disability who require services to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain gainful employment, or to live more independently.

      The Department of Rehabilitation has many resources and may be able to assist you with tuition, books and supplies, clothing and uniforms for work, technology, counseling and guidance, and many other services at no cost to you (free).

      Contact Rocio Chavez at Department of Rehabilitation to see if you are eligible.
      Rocio.Chavez@dor.ca.gov
      (626) 856-8742

      State of California Department of Rehabilitation
      El Monte Branch Office
      9300 Flair Dr., Ste. 105
      El Monte, CA 91731

    • Regional Center

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At Citrus College, we are committed to providing students with disabilities an accessible educational environment that allows each student the opportunity to reach their academic goals and participate in a full range of campus programs and activities.

Once we receive verification of a student's disability, we provide support services to compensate for disability-related educational limitations. Such support services are essential components of the educational program as they help students with disabilities realize their educational potential in the mainstreamed academic programs.

​​​​​​Don't delay, book an appointment with a DSPS counselor. Please call our office at (626) 914-8675 to inquire about appointments for each​ semester.

Educational assistance classes (EAC) are designed for students with disabilities to assist with the transition to higher education. Please check the class schedule each semester to find out which course is offered.

​​Getting Started with DSPS - click here.

Summer and Fall Priority Registration Information - click here.

Winter and Spring Priority Registration Information - click here.

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Contact Us​

Student Services Building, first floor
​(626) 914-8675
(626) 857-0687 (fax)

Hours

Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

High Tech Lab

Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

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Disabled Student Programs and Services at Citrus College (DSPS)