Disability Support (DSPS)

Definitions of Disabilities

Definitions of Disabilities

Educational limitations associated with physical, psychological, or learning disabilities are accommodated in accordance with the following categories:

Low Vision/Blind

  • Low vision means partial loss of sight after correction.
  • Blind means total loss of sight.

Mobility Impaired

Mobility or orthopedically impaired means a serious limitation to ambulating or motor function.

Hearing Impaired/Deaf

  • Hearing impaired means a partial loss of hearing function which impedes the communication process essential to language, education, social and/or cultural interactions.
  • Deaf means a total loss of hearing function.

Acquired Brain Injured

Acquired brain injured means a verified deficit in brain functioning which results in a partial or total loss of cognitive, communicative, motor, psychosocial, and/or sensory/perceptual abilities.

Psychologically Disabled

Psychological disability means a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, or emotional or mental illness.  May include (but not limited to) chronic conditions such as major depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The following conditions are not psychological disabilities:

  1. Transvestitism, transsexuals, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting form physical impairments, or other sexual behavior disorders.
  2. Compulsive gambling, kleptomania, or pyromania; and
  3. Psychoactive substance abuse disorders resulting from current illegal use of drugs.

Learning Disabilities

Learning disability is defined as a persistent condition of presumed neurological dysfunction which may exist with other disabling conditions.  To be categorized as learning disabled a student must exhibit:

  • Average to above average intellectual ability;
  • Severe processing deficits;
  • Severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy(ies); and
  • Measured achievement in an instructional or employment setting.

Other Limitations

Includes all other students with disabilities and their concomitant functional limitations who do not fall into any of the categories aforementioned. Some examples include:  epilepsy, diabetes, lupus, attention deficit disorder, etc.

For more information please contact the DSPS office at (916) 691-7275.

Where to Find Us

Location: BS-104

MON - FRI 8:00am-4:30pm

Phone: (916) 691-7275
Fax: (916) 691-7398

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