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Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Los Angeles Valley College Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office is here to help! We are currently open for in-person services and remote services.

SSD OFFICE UPDATES

ATTENTION:

Please be advised of the SSD Office Closures for Summer 2024:

The SSD office will be closed on Tuesday, June 4 for Commencement Activities

The SSD office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday

The SSD office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day

Click here to be taken to the SSD Virtual Lobby for assistance

SSD is available to assist you in 4 ways:

  1. Come to campus during regular business hours.
  2. Live Chat or Video Chat. Simply click on SSD Live Chat which feature live chat or video chat. To video chat, please be sure to use the latest Google Chrome or Firefox browser with a laptop, desktop, or phone (see details below for technical requirements*).
  3. E-Mail. Send us an e-mail at @email
  4. Phone. Call (818) 947-2681 and leave a voicemail, and we will return your call during regular business hours. Please note that the call may be returned from a private number.

*Technical Requirements for Live Chat via Cranium Cafe

For desktop PC and Mac:

  • Use the latest Chrome or Firefox internet browser
  • Have webcam ready and activated (for online student support)

For Android and Window Devices:

  • Use Chrome
  • Have your webcam ready and activated
  • Have a headset with microphone ready - your cell phone headset will work great

     

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  • ABOUT SSD

Student and Teacher at School

The SSD program provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experience as their non-disabled peers. A Student Educational Contract (SEC) is developed for each student which links that student’s goals, curriculum program, and academic accommodations to his/her specific disability-related educational limitation.

SSD supports the participation of students with disabilities in educational activities consistent with the mission of the California Community Colleges, federal and state law, and LACCD policy (Administrative Regulation E-100).

SSD services, special instruction, and accommodations function to provide students with disabilities equal opportunities to successfully complete their educational goals. It is the mission of SSD to promote the maximum independence and integration of students with disabilities.

Students with verified disabilities:

  • Learning                 
  • Medical
  • Physical
  • Psychological

 

Eligibility Criteria

In order to receive disability-related services at Los Angeles Valley College, a student must submit a Disability Verification Form, documenting a physical and/or psychological disability. The form must be completed and signed by a licensed/certified professional qualified to diagnose and treat the conditions. The form can be accessed through this link: disability-verification-packet-form.pdf (lavc.edu). Please complete the Student Information section of the form and have your medical professional complete the rest.

Students that had an IEP (Individualized Education Program) in high school, may provide a copy of their IEP as a verification of disability. Please note that students that had an IEP under OHI (Other Health Impairments) and ED (Emotional Disturbance) categories, must provide additional documentation verifying the diagnosis.

How to apply for SSD program?

  1. Apply to LAVC and obtain a 9-digit student ID number.
  2. Submit your verification of disability to SSD office via email, fax, mail, or in-person.
  3. Have an intake appointment with our disability specialist.

What happens next?

  1. After your intake appointment is conducted, schedule an appointment with an SSD counselor for a Student Educational Plan (SEP).
  2. Register for the classes that the counselor lists on your SEP.
  3. Schedule an appointment to request accommodations for your classes (This needs to be done every semester).

Call to make an appointment at: (818) 947-2681 or TTY for deaf or hard of hearing. (818) 947-2680.

SSD provides support services, instruction and accommodations to a diverse population of students with a wide variety of abilities and disabilities. Instruction, support services and accommodations for eligible, registered students with verified disability-based educational limitations may include:

  • Specialized academic and vocational counseling
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Priority registration
  • Student educational planning
  • Special parking privileges
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Test-taking accommodations
  • Tutoring
  • Adapted Physical Education courses
  • Personal Development courses
  • Learning Skills courses
  • Learning skills assessment
  • Dept. Rehabilitation liaison
  • Assistive technology access
  • Alternate text formats
  • Liaison with Braille Institute
  • Equipment loans

Math Tutoring

SSD offers tutoring in Math and Statistics to students with disabilities during Fall and Spring semesters. Because space is limited, priority is given to students with a learning disability.

If you are interested in specialized tutoring in Math, please contact us for an appointment. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a math or statistics course at LAVC and be able to commit to attending 50-minute tutoring sessions twice a week.

SSD HIGH TECH CENTER

The High Tech Center (HTC) uses assistive technology (both hardware and software) as a means for students with disabilities to access educational materials. It has 10 accessible workstations and an equipment loan program for certain types of technology. There are 9 PC stations and 1 MAC station for students to do research, homework and handle their campus-related business. One of the PC stations is equipped with an extra-large monitor and a large print keyboard. 

All computer workstations have accessible software. Current accessible software includes Dragon, Jaws, Kurzweil and ZoomText.

ASL fluent deaf or hard of hearing students can use the Sorenson on-demand, Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) sign language interpreting station to communicate with our counselors and staff.

Visually impaired students may benefit from using the desktop magnifier. The magnifier allows students to adjust the magnification and contrast, and to change font size, font color and background color.

The HTC Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm
Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm
Fridays from 8:00 am to 12:45 pm

For more information, please contact Instructional Assistant – Assistive Technology at 818-947-2692.

ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students who may benefit from progressive physical conditioning exercise can enroll in adapted physical education classes to improve their fitness levels. Under the supervision of an adapted physical education instructor, the individual is encouraged to maximize their physical potential within the limitations of their disability.

An individualized physical education plan is developed through an interactive process that includes the student, instructor, and medical recommendations supplied by the student’s physician. Students are responsible for securing attendant services appropriate to their personal needs. For more information, call (818) 778-5638.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESS

LAVC is adjacent to major public transportation routes including bus lines 154, 158, 420 and the Orange Line. DASH stops at the front of campus on Fulton Avenue. LAMTA offers CITYRIDE and ACCESS throughout the city for seniors and persons with disabilities. Call (213) 626-4455. For detailed information go online to: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation authority

COVID-19 Information:

For the latest COVID-19 information please visit the LAVC webpage: COVID-19 Updates

 

Office Hours and Location

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesdays: 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Fridays: 8:00AM - 1:00PM
Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

Student Services Annex (SSA) -- Room 175


 

SSD Staff:

Associate Dean, (Acting)                                            Dr. Eric Wagner                                                        Email: wangnerep@lavc.edu                                      Phone: 818-947-2679

Counselors:
Ms. Katherine Tejeda-May
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2685

Ms. Eliza Uzunyan
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2683

LD Specialist:
Dr. Araksya Arutyunyan
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2703

Disability Specialist:
Ms.Talar Touloumdjian
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2684

Instructional Assistant, Assistive Technology:
Mr. Keith Williams
Email: williakl2@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2692

Student Services Assistant:
Ms. Armenuhi Juharyan
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2682

Exam Proctor:
Ms. Aleta Campbell
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 947-2681