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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! To support the global effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19, we are currently opened for in-person services & remote services.

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 ssd@lavc.edu
  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.

We ask for your patience as we are working hard to serve all students.

Stay safe. Stay at home, Monarchs!

*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.

Eligibility Criteria: The specific disability must be verified, and there must be an educational limitation that precludes the student from fully participating in general education without additional specialized services.

To be eligible for services from SSD, a student with a verified physical, learning, medical, or psychological disability, otherwise eligible for entrance into the college, must first meet with a SSD counselor or disability specialist and provide documentation of disability. The SSD counselor or disability specialist will work closely with the student to identify the educational limitation(s) of the student so effective support services and accommodations can be recommended. Call to make an appointment to meet with a SSD counselor 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

Beginning this Spring Semester, the SSD office will offer specialized tutoring in Math to students with learning disabilities. If you have difficulty with Math, this is a great opportunity for you. Tutoring will be provided by student tutors who are trained by Dr. Arutyunyan specifically on how to work with students who have learning disabilities in math.

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. Dragon and Kurzweil systems allow students to scan textbook pages, notes, and sample exams, and the equipment “reads” these documents aloud.

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 can 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 his/her physical potential within the limitations of his/her 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

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Have you been placed on Second Semester Probation?

This means you are in danger of losing registration priority and being dismissed from the Los Angeles Community College District. To help you get back on track and in good standing, you are required to do the following:

Attend an in-person Probation workshop offered through general Counseling.

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:
Mr. David Green
Email: greendm@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2679

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

Ms. Eliza Uzunyan
Email: uzunyae@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2683

LD Specialist:
Dr. Araksya Arutyunyan
Email: arutyua2@laccd.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2703

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

Instructional Assistant, Assistive Technology:
Mr. George Sosa
Email: lavc-etext@laccd.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2692

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

Exam Proctors:
Ms. Aleta Campbell
Email: campbea2@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2680

Ms. Meri Ghazaryan
Email: ghazarm@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2680