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Office for Students with Disabilities

V.  Other Services

A. Accessible Technology Learning Center

The Accessible Technology Learning Center (ATLC) is designed for students who have a visual, physical, or learning disability and who have registered with OSD. Students are trained to use various types of assistive technology, which will enable them to participate fully in the university environment.

The ATLC houses twelve computer workstations. Each computer is loaded with a variety of different assistive technologies. These computers and related technologies include: screen enlargement software, screen readers for Windows, Internet access, speech synthesizers, large monitors, and scanning with speech technology. Other technologies include closed circuit televisions, voice activation software and trackballs.

Accessible technology equipment and software are also located in open-access lab sites and the library. For additional information regarding lab location and hours, please call the OSD at (323) 343-3140.

B. Library Media and Services

The University Library provides alternative media for materials on reserve. Students can request this service with the OSD/Library Alternative Media form located at the library circulation desk and in OSD.  The form should be submitted to the library circulation desk. The material will be available on CD for pick up at the circulation desk approximately five to seven working days from the time the request is submitted.

In addition, the Golden Eagle Retrieval Service provides retrieval of books and other printed materials, and copying of printed materials and microform for qualifying students with disabilities. To use the retrieval service, students submit a copy of a signed Golden Eagle Retrieval Authorization Form to the Loan Desk, First Floor, Library North. Students should contact OSD to obtain the authorization from the Disability Specialist.

C. Psycho-educational Assessment

It  is the responsibility of each student seeking accommodations and services from Cal State Los Angeles’s OSD to provide a written comprehensive evaluation verifying his/her learning disability. Although the University does not provide assessment and diagnostic services, students suspecting a learning disability are encouraged to see the Learning Disability Specialist for referral information or assistance. 

The  OSD office maintains a partial list of local clinicians who provide psycho-educational assessment services. Any licensed educational psychologist, clinical psychologist, neurologist, or learning disabilities specialist can administer psycho-educational assessments. The clinician must be a neutral, unrelated, non-biased professional. Students are encouraged to review their health insurance regarding possible coverage.  

Diagnostic report must include the following:

1.  Clinician's name, title, license number, phone number, address, and signature on office letterhead.

2.  Written summary of developmental, medical, educational, family, social histories and behavioral observations.

3.  Summary of all instruments and procedures; date(s) of examination.

4.  All test scores (scaled scores, standard scores, percentiles) and a detailed interpretation of the results, including strengths and weaknesses.

5.  Clearly described intracognitive and/or aptitude-achievement discrepancies, processing deficits, or the clinician's rationale for “professional judgment.”

6.  Clear statement of a specific DSM-IV diagnosis.

7.  Statement of how the learning disability substantially interferes with the student's educational progress and presents functional limitations.

Assessments must be current

Since assessment constitutes the basis for determining reasonable accommodations and because the provision of academic accommodations are based upon the impact of a disability on current academic performance, it is in a student's best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation. In most cases, the testing should have been conducted during adulthood (18 years or older) or within three years of the student's initial request for disability-related services at the University. This assessment serves as the basis for decision-making about a student's needs for accommodations in a college environment that is academically very competitive.

Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are designed to meet a student's disability-related needs without fundamentally altering the nature of the instructional program or altering any directly-related licensing program.

• Not intended to provide remediation (instruction in basic skills not acquired earlier in the educational process; (e.g. basic grammar, basic math, English as a Second Language, etc.)

• Specific support services are reviewed and discussed during the intake process to best meet the needs of the individual student.

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Last Update: 01/12/2016