2013-14 Unit Plan
Disabled Students Programs and Services

Mission Statement

The office of Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) was established in 1977 to provide academic accommodations to students with physical, communicative and learning disabilities. Since 1977, the California legislature has expanded the scope of DSPS programs and services to include a growing list of disability categories. DSPS offers individualized services and programs designed to minimize the impact of disability(ies) on educational goal attainment thus facilitating equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities.

DSPS is supportive of the college’s responsibility to ensure equal access to the educational, vocational, and social programs provided by District. This mission strives to ensure that students with disabilities can participate freely and actively in all facets of Butte College student-life.  To accomplish its mission, DSPS proactively collaborates with students, college staff and faculty, and community agencies and advocates regarding disability related issues. 

Program Description

DSPS provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experience as their non-disabled peers. A Student Educational Contract (SEC) is developed for each student which links student´s goals, curriculum program, and academic accommodations to his/her specific disability related educational limitation.    

Students are not charged for services or accommodations provided by DSPS.  Participation in the DSPS program by students with disabilities is voluntary.  The DSPS categorical allocation, in whole or in part, must: not duplicate service or instruction that is otherwise available to all students; be directly related to the educational limitations of the verified disabilities of the students to be served; be directly related to the student’s participation in the educational process; promote the maximum independence and integration of students with disabilities; support participation of students with disabilities in educational activities consistent with the mission of the community colleges as set forth in Education Code Section 66701.

Federal and state disability laws and regulations shape the general policies and implementing procedures of DSPS. The legislative mandates specify which disabilities will be served, what services and accommodations may be provided, how funding will be provided and how specific accommodations and services will be delivered to eligible participants.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Provide DSPS academic support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations to eligible Butte College students with disabilities to facilitate their access to instructional activities and materials to ensure equal opportunity and foster academic success.

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Butte College students with disabilities receiving academic support services (i.e. classroom student assistance), specialized instruction (i.e. remedial reading) and educational accommodations (i.e. interpreting services) through DSPS have retention and success rates equivalent to their nondisabled peers.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    Expand DSPS Alternate Media Support Specialist availability from nine to tweleve months to ensure Butte College students with disabilities have access to college and instructional materials in alternate formats year round.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    The provision of Alternate Media services is mandated by law and requires specialized technical knowledge and experience to convert textbooks and other instructional materials into accessible formats such as Braille, Electronic Text, Kurzweil, Large Print, MP3, Tactile Graphics and other individualized formats.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    Expand DSPS Associate Faculty Disabilities Specialist availability to ensure Butte College students with disabilities receive mandated academic support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations in a timely manner and that learning disabilities assessments to determine student eligibility for DSPS services, instruction and accommodations is maintained.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Determining eligibility for DSPS academic support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations is an intensive process that requires extensive disability knowledge to interpret complex medical, psychological and rehabilitation reports to identify educational limitations and determine reasonable accommodations.  Expanding the availability of Disabilities Specialists will ensure students receive diagnostic and academic support services in a timely manner as mandated by federal and state law.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 4

    Reestablish DSPS Clerk I position to address increased campus visitor traffic in the DSPS office due to its close proximity to the SAS building second floor main entrance.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Accessing DSPS academic support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations begins with initial contact with the DSPS front office. The increase in campus visitor traffic to the DSPS office has resulted in an increased workload as DSPS staff respond to non DSPS related inquiries.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 5

    Identify a secure alternate exam procotoring location to ensure Butte College students with disabilities receive authorized exam accommodations (i.e. extended time, distraction reduced setting, assistive technology and other individually determined exam accommodations) in  a closely monitored setting. 

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    To resolve compliance issues, the DSPS Access Center Computer Lab was relocated to the DSPS Classroom (SAS 237).  As a result of the relocation, there is no longer a committed location for DSPS exam proctoring.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    All proposed ongoing augmentations.

    • Interpreting Services: $99,717 (estimate based on prior year expenditure)
    • In Class Student Assistants: $7,776 (estimate based on prior year expenditure)
    • Alternate Media Support Specialist: $12,612 (expand work year from 9 – 12 months)
    • Faculty Disabilities Specialist: $19,721 (expand work week from 2 – 3 days)
    • Clerk I: $46,955 (reestablish previously eliminated position)

    Current Revenue Stream

    • Categorical State DSPS Funds: $464,627
    • DSPS Special Class FTES: $44,416
    • District: $117,810 (Mandated Accommodations)

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes DSPS Personnel Interpreters 11 000 704 1 642000 52390 $0.00 $99,717.00 Butte College students with hearing impairments require Interpreters to facilitate their access to instructional programs to ensure equal opportunity and foster academic success.
    2 Yes DSPS Personnel In Class Student Assistants 11 000 704 1 642000 52368 $0.00 $7,776.00 Butte College students with physical disabilities require In Class Student Assistants to facilitate their access to instructional programs to ensure equal opportunity and foster academic success.
    3 Yes DSPS Personnel Alternate Media Production 11 000 704 1 642000 52190 $0.00 $12,612.00 Butte College students with learning, visual and other disabilities require Alternate Media to facilitate their access to instructional programs to ensure equal opportunity and foster academic success.
    4 Yes DSPS Personnel Disabilities Specialist 11 000 704 1 642000 51490 $0.00 $19,721.00 Determining eligibility for DSPS academic support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations is an intensive process that requires extensive disability knowledge to interpret complex medical, psychological and rehabilitation reports to identify educational limitations and determine reasonable accommodations.
    5 Yes DSPS Personnel Clerk 1 11 000 704 1 642000 55890 $0.00 $46,955.00 Accessing DSPS academic support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations begins with initial contact with the DSPS front office. The increase in campus visitor traffic to the DSPS office has resulted in an increased workload as DSPS staff respond to non DSPS related inquiries. Hiring a full time Clerk I position will ensure students with disabilities receive accommodations in a timely manner.
    Total(s) $0.00 $186,781.00