The Four Step Intake Process for DSPS
1. Apply to Napa Valley College (NVC).
Go to NVC webpage and CLICK on "Apply to NVC Online". Complete application form for admission.
2. Take the English and math assessment.
The English and math assessment is given at the NVC Testing and Tutoring Center located on the top floor of the Library and Learning Resource Center, room 1764. You can drop by and take the tests from 7:30 AM to 7 PM M-Th., Friday 8-12. Bring identification. Plan two hours for testing. More information can be found on the Testing and Tutoring Center website.
3. Verify your disability.
You must provide verification of your disability by a licensed professional. Be sure to gather your documentation.
4. Meet with DSPS Counselor, Sheryl Fernandez.
Call the counseling office at 256-7220 to make an appointment. Be sure to take your documentation with you to the meeting. Specific services and accommodations will be determined at this meeting. She will also help you determine classes and start an Education Plan.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by problems with attention, focusing and persistence and often, but not always, hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD must be diagnosed by a medical doctor, psychiatrist or licensed psychologist.
The following are possible accommodations for ADD/ADHD after verification of disability.
According to Title V, a psychological disability is defined as a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, or emotional or mental illness. A psychological disability must be verified by an appropriately licensed or certified professional (licensed psychologist, psychiatrist or MFCC), and the accommodations for the students with psychological disabilities must adhere to disability-related support services defined in Title V regulations and may not include psychotherapy.
The following are possible accommodations after verification of disability:
- Testing Accommodations
- Extended time
- Distraction-free environment
- Tape recording of lectures/notetaker
This category includes all students with disabilities as defined, especially those who do not fall into any of the previously discussed categories, but who indicate a need for support services or instruction (Title V). this includes medical and physical disabilities such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), chronic pain, diabetes, environmental illness, cardiac disorders, multiple sclerosis and muscular distrophy.
Special accommodations are not always needed for students who have "other" disabilities. Students should meet with a DSPS Counselor to discuss their specific situation and needs.
The following are various accommodations that might be appropriate:
- Adapted Physical Education
- Note taking
- Testing accommodations
Due to legal responsibilities, policy requires that a member of Police Services be summoned in case a person on campus has a seizure with convulsions. Therefore students with seizure disorders are advised to identify themselves to NVC's Health Services Department by scheduling an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner. This appointment will inform students of the campus policies and procedures as it relates to assisting a student who has a seizure while on campus.