Our Services

Click on the services/accomodations below that interest you for more information.

Disability Management Advising

All people, disabled or not, want to exercise control over their lives. At CSUDH we have a service that makes this possible for students with disabilities. We call it Disability Management Advising. Students using this service are given opportunities to explore increasing independence, improve communication with faculty, and evaluate career choices against functional limitations. In addition to individual consultation, the office maintains an assistive device resource file and provides workshops on time management, supervision and management skills, and other topics of interest.

Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking is available to the driver of a vehicle displaying a DMV issued disabled person's license plate or parking placard.

A decal is required to park in a disabled parking space. Parking in a disabled parking space without the proper decal will result in a parking ticket.

Priority Registration

Priority registration enables students to be in the first group of students to finalize registration. In most cases, students with disabilities participate in the usual registration process. Exceptions include those whose disabilities preventing them from prolonged walking, standing, or in cases in which students use note takers or sign language interpreters.

University Required Test

Tests such as the ELM and the EPT are administered through the Testing Center. Students needing adaptations should go to the Testing Center first to make all the necessary arrangements. The SdRC office will work in conjunction with the Testing Center to insure that reasonable accommodations are made when necessary.

Course Test Accomodations

University course tests can be administered through the SdRC office, with the instructor's permission. Depending on your needs and the instructor's authorization, extra time may be allowed, the test may be read, or you may dictate to a writer. In some cases you may be able to use the SdRC computer. When requesting test adaptation alternatives, specific procedures MUST be followed:

  1. Arrangements must be made at the SdRC office a minimum of five (5) working days in advance. This includes filling out the Student Request for Special Test Taking Arrangements form, including the date, time, location, length of test, etc.
  2. You will arrive at the SdRC office on time, prepared to take the test.
  3. The time allotted for your test begins at the time arranged to start, regardless of the time you actually start.
  4. The service provider (Interpreter/Reader/Writer) will wait a maximum of 15 minutes for you to arrive. If you fail to keep your appointment or notify SdRC in advance, you must make arrangements with your instructor to take your exam at a later date.
  5. If an emergency should arise which causes you to miss the scheduled meeting -- you MUST contact the SdRC office at the earliest possible time.

The above instructions are SdRC office policy. These instructions are designed to allow for the provision of needed test alternatives in an effective, efficient manner. It is your responsibility to follow the procedures to receive services through the SdRC office.

Writer Services: Examinations

Examinations may include true/false, multiple choice, or essay questions. Writers will not alter the material which is dictated to them in any form. The writer will not answer any questions or make comments about the contents or material dictated to them. The spelling, grammar, punctuation, and content must be that of the student. The writer will not indicate any lack of clarity in the material dictated by the student. 

 * All requests for writers must be submitted five (5) working days in advance.

Reader Services: Examinations

A student must give five (5) working days notice when requesting a reader for an examination. Individuals acting as readers for examinations are usually also acting as writers for examinations. Readers cannot give answers to examination questions. Readers will only re-read material specifically asked for by the student.

Assistive Technology

The SdRC provides students with a variety of assistive technology. The following is available: 

  • JAWS
  • Firefly/Kurzweil
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking/Dictate
  • LiveScribe 3 Smart Pen
  • Digital Recorders
Audio Textbooks

Please contact the SdRC's Accessible Information Trainer at (310) 243-3660 for more information.

Volunteer Notetakers

SdRC requires all students needing notetakers to first seek volunteers from the classroom. If unsuccessful, SdRC will send a letter to your instructors asking them to help you secure a volunteer notetaker. SdRC will provide NCR-Dualnote paper if the student meets the appropriate criteria. Only on rare occasions and in special circumstances, SdRC will pay for an in-class notetaker.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring services are provided through the Toro Learning Center.

Time Management Training

The SdRC will provide time management training on a one-to-one basis if requested by the student.

Sign Language Interpreters

All requests for interpreters must be made as soon as possible. As soon as you know your next semester schedule, go immediately to the SdRC office and submit a copy.

Your classroom interpreter is scheduled to work only during the time your class meets. If you have an immediate need to meet with your instructor and your interpreter has the time, and the meeting is no longer than 30 minutes, then you do not need to notify the SdRC office until after the meeting. If the meeting will be longer than 30 minutes, contact the SdRC office and arrange for an interpreter at an agreed-upon time.

School related functions for which you may need an interpreter require that a written request be submitted to the SdRC office five (5) working days in advance (or as soon as possible).

The interpreter will wait outside of the classroom, near the classroom entrance. Be sure to look near all doors in case you miss each other.

If you are late and don't show up within 15 minutes, the interpreter will notify the SdRC office of your "No Show," and all interpreting services for that day will be canceled until you contact the SdRC office.

If your interpreter does not show within 15 minutes, call the SdRC office (if possible) at (310) 243-3660.

Keeping Appointments

Test proctors and writers will wait 15 minutes for you to show up at the appointed time. If you do not show up within 15 minutes, the service provider will notify the SdRC staff.

Learning Disability Assessment

Services that may be available to the learning disabled are provided according to the student's individual needs. Possible services include:

  1. Alternative format books
  2. Testing
  3. Training for use of computer with adapted software/hardware
  4. Tutoring sessions

To obtain further information regarding these services, make an appointment with the SdRC Coordinator or SdRC Representative.

Accomodation Memos

At the student's request, the SdRC will send Request for Accommodation Memos to your instructors, introducing you and informing the instructor that a disabled student has enrolled in their class. An information sheet will be included stating the nature of your disability and alerting the instructor to the possible need for accommodations.

If you want SdRC to send such information to your instructors, it is necessary for you to provide our office with your complete class schedule and signed a Release of Information form.

Course Modification/Academic Adjustments/Course Assignment Extension

The SdRC acknowledges that due to the nature of a student’s disability, the student may seek a course modification as an academic adjustment. SdRC strongly encourages students to notify SdRC as early as possible. If you are experiencing a disability–related issue that would prevent you, for example, from completing an assignment or course requirement in accordance with course due dates, you should contact the SdRC right away. It is a student’s responsibility to contact the SdRC with a request for a course modification as an academic adjustment, so that the SdRC procedures for the request can take place. If a student makes a request for a course modification as an academic adjustment to an instructor, the instructor will inform the student of the student’s obligation to contact the SdRC office.

Procedure

The SdRC will review student requests for course modifications as a request for an academic adjustment, and when the student request is for the extension of a due date on an assignment, the SdRC will review the request within two (2) business days of receipt of the request. All requests are reviewed on a case–by-case basis and are provided adequate and thorough consideration by the SdRC team of Disability Management Advisors. Upon completion of the SdRC team review, a recommendation will be submitted to the SdRC Director. The SdRC Director will review the recommendation of the SdRC team of Disability Management Advisors and will notify the student at the end of the two-day review period of the outcome of their request for a course modification, academic adjustment, or extension of course assignment due dates.

If the SdRC supports the modification request, an email will be sent to the instructor. 

If the SdRC denied your request, an appointment will be scheduled for you to meet with the SdRC Director for a review of your request. If you are not in agreement with the decision of the SdRC Director after your scheduled meeting, you will be directed to schedule an appointment with the CSUDH Dean of Students as an appeal.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding any information or procedure contained in this manual, please make an appointment with a SdRC staff person. Our contact information can be found here.

Policy Statement

The California State University (CSU) Policy for Provisions of Accommodations and Support Services to Students with Disabilities prohibits unlawful discrimination against students on the basis of disability in CSU Programs, services, and activities in accordance with, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA); Sections 504 and 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and applicable California state laws. The CSU Policy is consistent with current applicable federal and state laws concerning the non-discrimination of students on the basis of disability.

California State University, Dominguez Hills is committed to providing an inclusive environment, which is responsive to the needs of all students. To ensure this inclusion, appropriate accommodations are provided to students and prospective students who have self-identified with verified disabilities and who require these accommodations in order to afford the students equal opportunity to obtain the same result, to gain the same benefit, or to reach the same level of achievement as that provided to others in the university’s programs, services, or activities for which the students are otherwise qualified. Accommodations will not be provided if they fundamentally alter or impact the nature of the program, or inappropriately impede access for others. If, as a result of the interactive process between the University and the student, the University denies a particular requested accommodation, the University will take any other actions that would not result in a fundamental alteration/undue burden to ensure to the maximum extent possible the student receives University benefits or services. The University’s goal is to provide an equivalent academic experience and learning opportunity, not to guarantee the success of the student’s education or career.

These accommodations may include architectural access changes, close-in parking or adapted classroom seating, library assistance, interpreters, extended time and/or alternative format for exams, auxiliary aids, as well as academic adjustments, course modifications or other accommodations necessary for a particular individual’s needs. Please click on the issues below that interest you for more information and schedule an appointment to meet with a Disability Management Advisor to discuss your specific requests for academic adjustments, modifications and all reasonable accommodations. All requests will be given adequate and thorough consideration by the SdRC team of Disability Management Advisors.