Adaptive Physical Education


Interpreters for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Learning Disabilities Program       

Note takers

Priority Registration Guidelines

Specialized Tutoring

Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodation Services Policy

Career & Transfer Information

Disability Laws & Policies

Disability Related Resources


DSPS Programs and Services

The major objective of the DSPS Office at NVC is to assure educational access for students with disabilities.  DSPS concentrates its efforts on providing programs and services that are not available elsewhere in the college.

DSPS makes the following programs and services available to qualified students at NVC:

Adaptive Physical Education (707) 253-3228
Counseling   (707) 253-3040
Equipment    (707) 253-3080
Assistive Technology (707) 253-3276
Interpreters  (707) 253-3080
LD Program (707) 253-3284
Mobility Assistance (707) 253-3080
Note-takers (707) 253-3082
Priority Registration

(707) 253-3040 (DSPS Counselors) or
(707) 253-3080  (Adaptive P.E. )

Reader Services    (707) 253-3082
Specialized Tutoring    (707) 253-3080
Testing Accommodations  (707) 253-3080 & (707) 259-6058

A service will only be provided to a student who has a verified disability and educational limitations which necessitate the use of that specific service.  Authorization for each service must be provided by a certificated DSPS staff member.

Adaptive Physical Education

The Adaptive Physical Education (APE) program provides exercise classes for students with physical limitations. Courses are offered in the same locations as regular PE classes and can be found in the course schedule under Physical Education, course titled PHYE 160.  Adaptive P.E. is located in the Building 600 on the first floor.  For more information, call  (707) 253-3228

Adaptive Physical Education offerings include:

  • Physical Fitness
  • Weight lifting
  • Cardio respiratory endurance
  • Aquatic flexibility exercise


How to Enroll in Adaptive Physical Education Classes

Arrange an appointment with a DSPS counselor who will assist in determining the most appropriate course placement.  Before participating in Adaptive Physical Education courses you must obtain a signed disability verification form with recommendations from your physician.

Special Course Repeatability

Specialized courses designed for students with disabilities may be taken more than four times under the following circumstances:

  • when continuing success of the student in other general and/or special classes is dependent on additional repetitions of a specific class;
  • when additional repetitions of a specific special class are essential to completing a student’s preparation for enrollment into other regular or special classes; or
  • when the student has a student educational contract which involves a goal other than completion of the special class in question and repetition will further the achievement of the goal.


Special Course Attendance/absence Guidelines

Attendance policies, established by each instructor, are included on course syllabi, and follow general college guidelines.


DSPS Counselors offer students with disabilities specialized counseling and guidance to assist with coordinating accommodations, decision-making, and educational planning.  Counseling is available by appointment or by drop-in.

How to Schedule A Counseling Appointment

Call the Counseling Center appointment desk at (707) 253-3040, or go directly to the Counseling Center in Building 1300 during posted office hours and arrange your appointment.  Appointments are only 30 minutes so please be on time.  If you must cancel, please call the Counseling Center as soon as possible.  If you do cancel, be aware that it may take a while before you can reschedule.  If you are late for your appointment, be aware that you may be interfering with the scheduling of other students who are waiting for an appointment.

Quick questions can often be taken care of in a 5-minute drop-in session.   Drop-in counseling is available daily and the drop-in schedule is posted in the Counseling Center.

Available Services

Disability Management: DSPS Counselors coordinate necessary support services, recommend accommodations and serve as a resource to help students obtain appropriate services beyond those provided at NVC.

Academic Advising: DSPS has trained certificated personnel who are available to assist students with individual academic advising and educational planning.

Personal Counseling: Counseling for personal situations, impacting students’ ability to succeed in college is available through DSPS.  If in-depth counseling appears to be indicated, DSPS staff is able to refer the student to outside agencies or Mental Health Services on-campus. For more information, contact the Health Center located in the portable building 2250 behind the new Science Building (2000 Building) or call (707) 259-8005.

Career Counseling: Counseling related to career choice and decision-making is available to students through the Career Center. For more information visit the NVC Career Center or call (707) 253-3050. The NVC Career Center also has a variety of resources that are available and accessible to students with disabilities.  These resources include:

  • Career Library
  • Computerized career assessments and research
  • Career Development Classes

Interpreters for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Interpreters hired by DSPS are professionals who provide sign language interpretation in the classroom to students with severe to profound hearing loss.  Interpreter services will be provided for students with documented profound hearing and/or speech impairments through the DSPS office, and only for course or campus related activities. The DSPS office will contact and assign interpreters.

How to Arrange for a Sign-Language Interpreter

It is imperative that you arrange for your interpreter services before enrolling in classes.  Schedule an appointment with the DSPS Counselor to receive authorization for services by calling (707) 253-3040.  Have a tentative course schedule planned, and read and sign the Interpreter Services Contract.

Interpreting Services Policy

In order to receive interpreting services, students must comply with the following conditions:

  • Students must report absences at least 24 hours in advance to the DSPS office.   If there is no answer, a message may be left at either number.   Any absence not reported at least 24 hours in advance will be considered unexcused unless the DSPS office receives documentation, (e.g., a doctor’s notice documenting illness) that verifies an excused absence.
  • In case of an emergency that prevents a student from attending class, she/he must notify the DSPS office as soon as possible.   It will be determined at the time of the situation whether the emergency will be considered an excused or unexcused absence.
  • Interpreters will wait only 15 minutes outside of the classroom for a student.   Interpreters are required to notify the DSPS office when a student is absent from class.
  • If your interpreter does not attend a class session, the student should notify the DSPS office.
  • Students will complete 75% or more of the units in which they are enrolled as of the last day to enroll in classes.
  • Students will maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all classes.


Students must comply with the above conditions to continue receiving interpreting services.  Failure to comply may result in the permanent termination of interpreter services for all classes.

Learning Disabilities (LD) Program

DSPS offers classes and services for students with LD.   Students must meet the eligibility criteria for qualification as Learning Disabled according to the California Community College eligibility guidelines.  Students who suspect they have a LD, but who have not been assessed, can meet with a LD Specialist to discuss their situation.  Individualized assessment to determine eligibility for LD services is available at NVC for NVC students.

How to arrange for an LD Assessment

Schedule an appointment with a LD Specialist by calling 707-259-6058 Monday through Friday or by dropping in to the Learning Services Program, located in Building 800, Room 832.  Students new to NVC’s Learning Services Program and who want to be assessed for LD must enroll in a LD assessment course (PSY 10), and be enrolled in at least one other college course.

Students whose testing indicates that they do not qualify for services may receive one semester of transitional tutoring and counseling services to prepare them to benefit from other college resources.

How to Enroll in LD  Courses

Arrange an appointment with a LD Specialist or DSPS Counselor who will assist in determining the most appropriate course placement.  To be eligible to enroll in LD courses, students must be enrolled in at least one regular college course.

Note-taking Services

At NVC, we rely as much as possible on in-class volunteers to provide note taking services for qualified students.  Note-taking is free to the student who needs this service.  Students generally find their own note takers in class, but instructors may help them find a note-taker in their classes by making an announcement in class..

How to Arrange for Note taking Services

Schedule an appointment with a DSPS Counselor (707-253-3040) or the DSPS Program Specialist (707-253-3080) to receive authorization for services.  Every student requesting and receiving note-taking services must read and sign the Note-taking Services Contract.  Students needing this service are requested to complete the request for accommodation form in a timely fashion.

Note taking Services Policy

Note taking services will only be provided to a student who has a verified disability and whose disability-related functional limitations prevent the student from taking his/her own notes. 
Note taking services are designed to provide assistance to students with disabilities in the classroom.  Students are required to be in class to receive notes from that day unless the absence was disability related. 

The DSPS Program Specialist will notify the instructor of the need for the note taker via an accommodations letter.  An identified note taker must come to the DSPS Office (Building 1300, Room 1339E) to complete employment papers and will be a stipend based on the number of units of the class the student is taking notes for.

A note taker will be assigned by the DSPS office for qualified individuals.  The note taker is assigned a student code for the student requesting notes (to protect the confidentiality of the DSPS student), makes a copy of their notes, adds the student code, and places them in the alpha rack in the DSPS Office

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the DSPS office as soon as possible if she/he will be unable to attend class so the note-taker can be notified.  Three (3) failures to notify may result in termination of this service.  The student is responsible of informing the DSPS office whenever changes occur that affect the student’s need for note-taking services, such as adding or dropping/withdrawing from classes.

Priority Registration Guidelines

It is often important for students with disabilities to enroll in specific sections of a course to accommodate their disability.  They may need to arrange for interpreter services, participate in DSPS curriculum, or coordinate other accommodations.  In addition, the actual process of registration can be especially difficult and stressful for many students with disabilities.  As a result, DSPS offers priority registration to qualified students.

How to Use Registration

Priority registration usually occurs during the 2 or 3 weeks before the “early” registration dates listed in the course schedule.  If NVC has your current address, you should receive a registration postcard in the mail informing you of your registration appointment.  DSPS Counselors and other DSPS faculty will be available for drop-in advising during the priority registration period.  It is always advisable to schedule an appointment to discuss your next semester’s schedule as early in the semester as possible since appointment times are especially hard to arrange once registration has begun.

If you are unable to use the telephone due to a verified disability, you may make advance arrangements with the DSPS Program Specialist for help.

Priority Registration Policy

Priority registration will be provided for students who have

  • a verified disability,
  • maintained good academic status with the college,
  • completed an intake interview with a DSPS counselor, and
  • met with a DSPS counselor once per year to review and update their Student Educational Contract.


This registration will follow basic guidelines established by the Admissions & Records Office (e.g., deadlines, application guidelines, use of telephone registration, tuition and fee payments, Board of Governor’s Waiver (BOGW), and/or authorizations from the Department of Rehabilitation).

Specialized Tutoring

DSPS tutors are paraprofessionals and, in some cases, student tutors.

How to Get Tutoring

  • Schedule an appointment with a DSPS counselor or an LD Specialist to receive authorization for services.
  • Complete the accommodation request form.
  • Sign up with the Learning Services Program or the Testing and Tutoring Center.


Testing Accommodations

The most appropriate method of administering a test depends upon the students’ disability and the design of the test.  Testing accommodations will be provided to students only in courses where their disability-related educational limitations indicate that they are necessary.  Student will adhere to Testing and Tutoring Center rules for testing accommodation.  Failure to comply with these procedures will result in termination of this service. To get more information, contact the Testing and Tutoring Center located on the top floor of Building 800 in Room 862. at (707) 253-3270. 

How to Arrange for Testing Accommodations

  • Schedule an appointment with a DSPS counselor or LD Specialist to receive authorization for testing accommodation services.
  • Complete the accommodations request form.
  • Work with the DSPS Counselor or DSPS faculty to arrange for testing accommodations with the instructor and Testing and Tutoring Center.

Testing Accommodation Services Policy

Testing accommodations will not be provided until a student’s eligibility for such service has been verified.  Testing accommodations will occur either before or during the scheduled test time.  The only exception is when the student has courses immediately before and after the class where the test is occurring, and would not have enough time to complete the test with accommodations.  In this case, the student must take the exam at the earliest possible time on the same day, preferably before the scheduled class time.  Instructors will be contacted regarding exceptions. 

Instructors will be notified if cheating, unauthorized use of notes, books, calculators, or other improper behavior is observed during an examination.  Testing accommodation services will then be terminated for the rest of the semester.  If this behavior is observed on final examinations, services will be terminated for the following semester.  Students may not be excused from the testing environment once the test has begun and must complete the exam the same day.

 Transfer Information

If a Bachelor’s degree is in your future it is important to plan ahead.  Course requirements for transfer vary from campus to campus and can be confusing.  Sometimes students need to follow more than one set of requirements at the same time.  Make it your priority to meet with a DSPS Counselor regularly to plan your program, monitor your progress and stay on track.  For more information about transferring, visit the Transfer Center or call (707) 253-3115.

Having a disability does not have to keep you from earning an advanced degree, but it will not automatically get you admitted to a four-year college either.  Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same requirements as all other students.  Request for exceptions are considered by the college you wan to attend on a case-by-case basis.  Universities review your past work to determine your potential to succeed at their institution.  It is a good idea to begin working directly with the school where you would like to transfer as soon as you apply.

Both the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) provide information to community college counselors regarding how requests are made for special admission considerations at each campus.  Procedures vary so it is important to contact your DSPS counselor at NVC, the NVC Transfer Center, or call the Disabled Student Services Office at the campus you wish to attend.

Some campuses of the University of California recommend that you include information in you personal statement of the application that addresses ways in which your disability may have impacted your educational program.  Private universities and colleges often ask for letters of recommendation.  Get to know staff and faculty outside of DSPS so that you will have additional support for your application. 

If you need assistance with any part of the application process, meet with your counselor.


Disability Laws & Policies

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in recruitment, admission and treatment after admission.   It mandates all recipients of federal funding to funding to make adjustments and accommodations in their programs and activities in order to provide qualified individuals with opportunities equal to those enjoyed by qualified individuals without disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) extends federal civil rights protection in several areas to people who are considered disable to be considered disabled under the ADA, a person must have a condition that impairs a major life activity or a history of such a condition or be regarded as having such a condition. A disabled person must be qualified for the job, program or activity to which she/he seeks access.   That means the person must be able to perform the essential functions fo the job or meet the essential eligibility requirements of the program or benefit, with or without reasonable accommodation to his or her condition.
Full text of these laws can be fund at: and a copy of the ADA can be found in the NVC Library.

Disability Information Resources

Resources listed nationally, locally, and throughout the state, may be useful sources of information regarding various aspects of disabilities are listed below:

U.S. Department of Justice Office on ADA
P.O. Box 66738
Washington, DC 20035-9998 (202) 514-0301; TDD 514-0383

Architectural and Transportation Barrier s Compliance Board
1331 F St, NW, Ste 1000 Washington, DC 20004-1111 (800) 872-2253

Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission Office of Legal Counsel, ADA Services
1801 L St, NW
Washington, DC 20507
(202) 663-4503 or (800) 669-3362; TDD (202) 663-7026

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
West Virginia University
809 Allen Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6123
(800) 526-7234 or (800) ADA-WORK

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DTBAC)
(800) 949-4232

The President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
1331 F St, NW, Ste 300
Washington, DC 20004-1107
(202) 376-6200; TDD 376-6205

Disability Rights, Education, and Defense Fund
2112 6th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-2555; TDD 644-2626; Hotline (800) 466-4232

American Council of the Blind National Office
1010 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(800) 424-8666

California State Department of  Rehabilitation
Napa Office
1001 Second St., Suite 245
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-4924

Braille and Talking Book Library
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
814 Thayer Ave
Silver Springs, MD 20910

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA)
157 Parrot St
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 895-2440

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-2555

Easter Seal Society (Main Office)
3205 Hurley Way Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 485-6711

Governor’s Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities
State of California Employment Development Department
P.O. Box 826880 – MIC 41
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

LD  Association of America
4156 Library Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Recordings for the Blind and Disabled (RFB&D)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(800) 221-4792

North Bay Regional Center (NBRC)
10 Executive Court
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 256-1100

Cybermill Clubhouse
3299 Claremont Way
Napa, CA
(707) 258-8884

VineGo / Vine Transit
1151 Pearl Street
Napa, CA 94559
Reservations: 252-2600
Napa: 255-7631; Up valley (Saint Helena, Calistoga): 252-2600;  American Canyon 252-2600

Disability Law Clinic
980 Hopper Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 94503
(707) 528-2745; TDD 528-2151; Fax 528-9477

The People Connection
c/o Day Programs
2261 Elm St
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 259-8692; Fax 226-7852