Q: Are there any specific resources that a foster youth with disabilities can access at community college to help them to be successful?
A: Yes. Every community college has a Disabled Students Services and Programs (DSPS) office that can offer assistance to qualifying students with disabilities. In order to qualify, 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. Examples of services available through DSPS that are over and above those regularly offered by the college would be test-taking facilitation, assessment for learning disabilities, specialized counseling, interpreter services for hearing-impaired or deaf students, mobility assistance, note taker services, reader services, speech services, transcription services, transportation, specialized tutoring, access to adaptive equipment, job development/placement, registration assistance, special parking and specialized instruction. A directory of DSPS programs at each college can be found at http://dspssolutions.org/directory/dsps-coordinatorsdirectors.aspx.