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Special Programs and Services

Empowering Students with Disabilities​ (Who we are, ​what we do)​

History

The Department of Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) was established in 1976 with the passage of Assembly Bill 77. ​​The bill allocated state funds to support services and instructional​ programs for students with disabilities in the California Community Colleges. Over the last 46 years, the program has flourished and provides a wide range of support ​ services to over 900 students with disabilities. Many of our supp​ort services are unique to our department and not provided by other departments on campus. In 2005 the department changed the name to Special Programs and Services (​SP&S) to be more inclusive and End the Stigma that often comes with being label with a disability. ​​​Our friendly and helpful staff create a warm, welcoming environment that is inducive to student success.

Our Mission

Special Programs and Services and the Academic Success Action Plan (TRIO project) are programs designed to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to all of the educational offerings at Los Angeles Harbor College. The programs facilitate equal opportunity through the provision of appropriate support services, curriculum, instruction, and adaptive technology.

College Mission

Los Angeles Harbor College promotes access and student success through associate and transfer degrees, certificates, economic and workforce development, and basic skills instruction. Our educational programs and support services meet the needs of diverse communities as measured by campus institutional learning outcomes. Through associate and transfer degrees, certificates, economic and workforce development, and basic skills instruction. Our educational programs and support services meet the needs of diverse communities as measured by campus institutional learning outcomes.