Student Support

Disability Resources

 

Center for Students with Disabilities ​

The Center for Students with Disability (CSD) ensures that students with disabilities have equal access to all programs and activities on campus.  Our goal is to encourage and promote independence in students so they may achieve their full potential.  We continuously strive to provide the highest quality programs and services to our students with disabilities.  In this effort, we offer a whole array of services to support our students' success in their classes.  These services include, but are not limited to, academic and personal counseling, support classes, assistive technologies, learning disability and acquired brain injury assessments, alternate media, interpreting and captioning, testing accommodations, and note-taking.  

Students: Everything you need to know about participating in the Center for Students with Disabilities Program can be found in the CSD Handbook.​

Location:  Student Services Center, 1st floor; Main campus - 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA  90405

Hours of operations
Fall/Spring:  Monday-Thursday:  8 a.m. - 6 p.m. /  Friday:  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Summer/Winter: Varies (contact CSD for hours)

Contact information

Accessing online services during COVID-19

Although the Center for Students with Disabilities is closed for in person contact until further notice, our office is continuing to provide services to our students.  Here is how you can reach us:

  1. Phone at 310-434-4265
  2. Email at dsps@smc.edu
  3. If you know your counselor or  LD/ABI/HTTC Specialists, please directly contact them via email (Last_first name@smc.edu) or by phone.  You can find their contact information at SMC Disability Faculty Staff Directory
  4. If you have questions regarding Deaf/Hard of Hearing services or need to request an interpreter or captioner, contact Henninger_Denise@smc.edu or by text at 818-570-3813

Office Hours - Fall'20

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ( Note:  Counseling appointment begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.)

Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ( Note:  Counseling appointment begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.)

Request Services

  1.  Make an appointment with a counselor by emailing at dsps@smc.edu or by calling 310-434-4265
  2. Complete and return the Center for Students with Disabilities application form
  3. Read, sign, date, and return the Students Rights & Responsibilities Form
  4. Voter Preference Form for student review or signature Voter Preference Form  (optional) 
  5. Submit your verification of disability document at dsps@smc.edu or directly to the counselor with whom you will have an appointment. 

*Please note our fax will not be operational during fall session. Do not fax any documents.​

Counseling Services

You will be able to schedule a counseling appointment and "meet" with your counselor except it will be done remotely either by phone or video online.  You may schedule an appointment either by:

  1. Calling 310-434-4265 (for new & continuing students)
  2. Emailing dsps@smc.edu (for new & continuing students)
  3. Online via Corsair Connect – (for continuing students only): 
    • Corsair Connect – "SMC Quick Links" (left side) – Book a Counseling Appointment –
    • Pick your drop-down options (Program/Area , Counselor, Day of Week, Start Time, End Time) – Submit
    • Be sure to update your personal information such as the best phone number to reach you and make sure you set up an SMC email account if you have not already done so.  You may update your information at smc.edu/stayconnected
  4. Your counseling session will take place either by phone or video online via ZOOM.  At the time of your scheduled appointment, your counselor will call you and if Zoom is your preferred mode of communication, a Zoom invite will be sent to you via your SMC email by the counselor. see below instructions.
    • Please be sure to check your SMC email because your counselor will email a link inviting you to join the scheduled meeting that will look like this: "Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: ( your counselor's link here)"
    • Click on the link in the email.  The session will automatically open. It may ask to use the App or Internet – choose open with App
Testing Accommodations

Testing accommodations must be requested every term for each class with your counselor, Learning Disability (LD) or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Specialist in a timely manner or as soon as possible.  If approved, the counselor or the LD/ABI Specialist will email your instructor (s) confirming the testing accommodation including the amount of extended time.   Your instructor (s) will set up the extended time on Canvas or other platforms that the class will be testing on.  To ensure that the additional time is set up, we recommend that you take the extra step to remind your instructors that you have been approved for extended time a few days prior to each exam/quiz.  Please follow the parameters of each exam/quiz as provided by your instructor (s).  If you have any concerns or issues regarding an approved testing accommodation, make sure that you contact your counselor, LD/ABI Specialist immediately.

If your test is being proctored by the Center for Students with Disabilities, please book your appointment by emailing: dscproctor@smc.edu.

If you have been approved to use assistive technology (eg, Kurzweil 3000, JAWS, Dragon, etc.) as an accommodation, please contact the High Tech Training Center (HTTC) immediately.  The HTTC specialist will help you and your instructor(s) work out the logistics to ensure that your approved accommodation is effectively set up prior to the exam/quiz.  Please be mindful that some accommodations are complex and will require additional time to set up.  For this reason, it is critical that you notify us as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time.

To reach a HTTC Specialist, please contact:

Note-Taking Services

Note-taking services must be requested every term for every class with your counselor or LD/ABI Specialist.  If approved, you will continue to receive this service if your classes have a lecture via Zoom or audio pre-recorded lecture.  The note-taker will directly email you the notes and provide a copy to Carla Alvarado, DSPS Specialist. If you have any questions concerning your approved notes,  contact Carla at Alvarado_carla@smc.edu or call her at 310-434-4265.

High Tech Training Center (HTTC)/Alt Media

For assistive technology accommodations, contact:

If you have been receiving Alternate Media, contact Aaron French: 310-434 -8934, french_aaron@smc.edu​.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHH)

Interpreting or captioning services must be requested every term for each class with your counselor.   If you have questions, please contact Denise Henninger:  Henninger_Denise@smc.edu or text  her at 818-570-3813.

Learning Disability

If you have any questions related to the Learning Disability Program, please call 310-434-4684 or email ld@smc.edu and a staff will respond to you in a timely manner.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

If you have any questions related to the Acquired Brain Injury Program, please contact Stephanie Lewis at 310-434-4442 or email Lewis_stephanie@smc.eduor call the main office at 310-434-4265 or email dsps@smc.edu

Center for Students with Disabilities application form