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: 8am-6pm/ Friday: 8am-3pm
Summer/Winter: Varies ( contact CSD for hours)
- Main Office: 310-434-4265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Learning Disability: 310-434-4684 or email@example.com
- High Tech Training Center: 310-434-4267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Acquired Brain Injury: 310-434-4442 or Lewis_stephanie@smc.edu or email@example.com
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Text at 818-570-3813 or Henninger_denise@smc.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Phone at 310-434-4265
- Email at email@example.com
- If you know your counselor or LD/ABI/HTTC Specialists, please directly contact them
via email (Last_first firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone. You can find their contact information at SMC Disability Faculty Staff Directory
- 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: 8am-6pm ( Note: Counseling appointment begins at 8:30 am and ends at 5:30pm)
Friday: 8am-3pm ( Note: Counseling appointment begins at 8:30 am and ends at 2:30pm)
- Make an appointment with a counselor by emailing at email@example.com or by calling (310) 434-4265
- Complete and return the Center for Students with Disabilities application form
- Read, sign, date, and return the Student Rights & Responsibilities form
- Voter Preference Form for student review or signature Voter Preference Form (optional)
- Submit your verification of disability document at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
- Calling 310-434-4265 (for new & continuing students)
- Emailing email@example.com (for new & continuing students)
- 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
- 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 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 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:
- HTTC@smc.edu or 310-434-4267
- Elena Throckmorton at Throckmorton_elena@smc.edu
- Lisa Courto at Courto_lisa@smc.edu
- Julia Gothold at Gothold_julia@smc.edu
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:
- Elena Throckmorton: 310-434-4267, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lisa Courto: 310-434-4267, email@example.com
- Julie Gothold: 310-434-4267, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have been receiving Alternate Media, contact Aaron French: 310-434 -8934, email@example.com.
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.
If you have any questions related to the Learning Disability Program, please call 310-434-4684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com