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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about your accommodations, please contact DRC Coordinator/Counselor, Melissa Matthews at (650) 738-4280 or matthewsm@smccd.edu

It is always best to make the DRC aware of any concerns you have regarding accommodations as soon as they arise.

Do not wait to alert the DRC should you need assistance with your accommodations!

A high school plan, whether IEP or 504, governs the high school setting. When you enroll at the DRC, a DRC counselor will meet with you to determine your current educational limitations and, through an interactive process, decide on accommodations. Your high school document is just that, a document for the high school environment. You may or may not have similar accommodations in the college setting.

There is no cost to the student associated with DRC accommodations and services.

If you think you may have a disability, please call or stop by our office to speak with a DRC counselor. We will help you to determine what steps you will need to take to obtain an assessment from a health care professional or whether a learning disability assessment may be appropriate.

You have a history of learning difficulties. You feel that you work harder than your peers to obtain your grades. You have repeated math and English courses. You run out of time when taking exams. You are on academic probation or dismissal for poor grades. If these do sound familiar, then you may be eligible for a learning disability assessment.

First, complete an intake packet (purple book) at the DRC front desk (Building 5, Room 5-132), then schedule a 30-minute appointment with the Learning Disabilities Specialist. Visit the Learning Disabilities program page to learn more.

No, accommodations are not retroactive. You will be able to take tests with accommodations moving forward. It is your responsibility to request testing accommodations on any particular test.

DRC’s student records are covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information regarding a student’s disability is not released without written consent from the student. DRC’s students files are held separately from other academic files.

DRC student records can be subpoenaed and can be released to administration if there is a threat to self or others, or if there is a legitimate educational need to know.

DRC will never share your information about your disability with your instructors.

No, students with disabilities have the choice to receive services from the DRC office. Please see the District Policy and Procedures   for Disabled Students Programs and Services.

If you have an approved accommodation through DRC and your instructor is not allowing you to utilize your accommodation, please contact the DRC Coordinator/Counselor by calling (650) 738-4280, emailing matthewsm@smccd.edu, or stopping by the DRC office in Building 5, Room 5-132.

The DRC offers a variety of classes for assistive technology and to support student learning. The DRC strongly encourages students to enroll in these classes to maximize the benefit from their assistive technology accommodations. Check out the current schedule of classes.