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Services and Support

About Our Support Services

DRC offers the following support services for the Foothill community.

  • Alternative Media Services
  • Computer Access Center
  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services
  • Learning Disability Services.

Alternative Media Services

Alternative Media is any instruction related material which is converted or altered from its original state into a different format so it is accessible and usable by people with disabilities.

This may include, but is not limited to, Braille, ASCII text, large print, recorded audio, electronic text (e-text) formats, and video captioning.

To qualify for alternative media, you must:

  1. Be registered with DRC as a student with a disability
  2. Be referred by a DRC specialist or counselor for an intake
  3. Meet with Bidya Subedi (Accommodations Coordinator) and complete a profile

 

If you wish to qualify for alternative media as an accommodation, please speak with your DRC specialist or counselor.


If you have questions about Alternative Media Services, please contact


Bidya Subedi (Accommodations Coordinator)
Phone: (650) 949-7673

 

Computer Access Center

The Foothill College Computer Access Center provides support in the use of adaptive computer technology for students with disabilities.

Examples of the available adaptive computer technology include:

  • Orthopedic disabilities: Speech recognition, adjustable workstations and seating.
  • Visual Impairment: Large print screens, speech output devices, ZoomText software, screen readers.
  • Acquired Brain Injury: Reading, writing and study tools.
  • Learning Disabilities: Reading, writing and study tools.
  • Hearing Impaired: Sign language, English vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
  • Repetitive Strain Injury: Speech recognition, alternative keyboards, and seating.

 

If you wish to learn more about adaptive technology, please consider taking ALCA 201

  • This is a one unit course that teaches you how to use different software to enhance your study skills and abilities.
  • Download ALCA 201.01 syllabus
  • For more information on the Computer Access Center, please contact Mayra Aguilera at (650) 949-7039

 

Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services

Deaf and Hearing impaired students work with a DRC counselor and the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services Coordinator to schedule appropriate classroom support services.

  • Since such services take time to arrange, it is important to register for classes during the priority period.
  • Later schedule changes may result in a delay in service.
  • In order to be eligible for services, a student with a hearing loss must have an recent audiogram verified by a physician or other appropriate professional.
  • Documentation must be on file in the DRC office before services can begin.

Students are required to notify the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services Coordinator if they will not be attending class so that services can be cancelled.

Services include:

  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Computer Aided Real-time Captioning
  • FM systems
  • Notetakers

If you wish to apply for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services, please contact Mayra Aguilera at 650.949.7039.

 

Learning Disability Services

 

Success in Math, Writing, Reading with a Learning Disability …

Here is how easy it is to get started!

  • Help is as easy as completing an online request for services and intake forms. Get assessed and address your learning challenges and needs today.
  • Learning Disability (LD) Assessments and Screenings are available by Appointment, simply call the Learning Disability Specialist.
  • Reach your full learning potential by identifying your learning strengths and preferences. Students who are eligible will qualify for services and accommodations.

 

Contact Us:

Disability Resource Center

650-949-7017

Building 5400

 

Russell Wong, Learning Specialist

wongrussell@foothill.edu

650-949-7040

Testing and Service Hours By Appointment

Office 5011

 

Biography

Russell has 20 years of professional experience working in higher education as a learning disability resource counselor, learning disability specialist, instructor, and consultant. He has a Master Degree in Inter-disciplinary Education from Santa Clara University. Russell has a diverse background working in the California State University System as well as in the Community College System as a learning disability specialist at Chabot College and Skyline College. 

Russell is a tenured Faculty at Foothill College and is the Learning Disability Specialist/Instructor in the Disability Resource Center. He has also served as a consultant to the STEM Success Center and the Teaching Learning Center {TLC}. This joint collaboration with Math and English faculty on how best to support and teach students with disabilities has benefited students and faculty alike.

Russell frequently provides in service presentations and workshops on campus to faculty and staff who want to better serve their student population. Millbrae Library, Adult Education in Mountain View, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale. Coursework included in his curriculum vitae include Understanding Learning Differences, Paragraph Remediation, Basic Math Remediation, Psychological Aspects of Disabilities, and Introduction to Disabilities.

 

Learning Disability (LD) Screening and Evaluation Process:

  1. Students must complete the following:
    1. Application for Services;
    2. LD Intake Screening Booklet;
    3. Then scheduling an LD screening appointment
  2. Access to Application and Booklets are available online at: MyPortal/Clockworks or in person at the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Building 5400.
  3. Scheduling a screening appointment is available contact Russell Wong, Learning Disability Specialist directly at 650-949-7017. 

Testing Process:

  1. Eligible students will be scheduled for two testing appointments.
  2. Test results will be reviewed with students individually.
  3. Students who qualify will receive Disability Resource Center services and accommodations.

Pre-Qualified Documentation Process (psychoeducational report, 504 plan, IEP) :

  1.   Complete Application for Services
  2.   Attach Learning Disability documentation from High School or qualified professional to application
  3.    Scheduling a Learning Disability Intake appointment by contacting Russell Wong Learning Disability Specialist directly at 650-949-7040

Workshops and Services available by request:

  1. Learning Disability Workshop
  2. Universal Design Learning Workshop
  3. Faculty Presentations
  4. Individual Faculty Consultations
  5. Student Transfer Assistance
  6. Community Outreach

 

 

 

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Disability Resource Center Front Desk

650.949.7017

Questions? Who to Contact

Student Resource Center Building 5400

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