Disability and Educational Support

Disability and Educational Support Program

The Disability and Educational Support Program assists students with disabilities to achieve their educational goals. DESP offers classes, primarily at the basic skills level, to prepare students for more advanced college level courses. Adapted physical education courses are listed in this catalog under Kinesiology and Noncredit. In addition to classes, the program provides services that include but are not limited to counseling, registration assistance, test accommodations, note takers, and class materials in alternate format. DESP is located in the Learning Services building.

Learning Outcomes

Following the completion of the DESP Orientation:

  • A student will demonstrate knowledge of the next steps required to enroll at West Valley College and DESP with 70% accuracy.

Learning Skills Course

LRSV 1: Learning Strategies for College and Careers

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

In this course, students have the opportunity to learn and apply learning strategies to increase their effectiveness both in the classroom and in the workplace. The underlying principles as well as specific strategies, including setting goals, managing time and stress, listening and note taking, improving reading, test taking, memory and concentration, and learning styles are presented.

LRSV 931B: Learning Strategies for Math

1 units: lecture 0 units; lab 1 units

This lab support course is intended to be taken concurrently with Math 106. It focuses on the application of specific learning strategies for math coursework. Pass/No Pass Only

LRSV 941B: Effective Sentence and Paragraph Writing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This is a basic writing course designed to meet the educational needs of students with learning disabilities. Instruction focuses on improving writing skills, including basic grammar, sentence structure, punctuation/capitalization, vocabulary, and paragraph development and organization. The course employs the writing process in development of college-level paragraphs. Pass/No Pass Only

LRSV 941C: Effective Essay Writing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 903 or qualifying score on placement test; or LRSV 941B or qualifying score on placement test

This is a basic writing course that is designed to prepare students with disabilities for college-level writing and English 1A. It stresses the application of strategies and use of assistive technology to compensate for written language difficulties. This course addresses essay development, including thesis statements, supporting details and evidence, organization, coherence, and basic research skills. Pass/No Pass Option

LRSV 942: Development of Effective Reading Skills

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: READ 960

This course is designed to prepare students who have disabilities that affect reading for college level reading. It stresses the application of reading and other study strategies and use of assistive technology to improve vocabulary and reading comprehension. Pass/No Pass Option

LRSV 943A: Writing Support Lab A

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

This is a lab course to support students enrolled in English 1A. Designed to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities, it stresses the practical application of strategies to compensate for the disability and its effect on reading and writing. Topics covered include: learning strategies such as time management and test taking; reading comprehension strategies; evaluating assigned essays for unity, support, coherence and sentence skills; and researching and writing research papers. Pass/No Pass Only

LRSV 944: Effective Math Strategies

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities. Instruction focuses on pre-algebra skills with emphasis on the critical thinking and study skills necessary for success in math. Pass/No Pass Option

LRSV 945: Elementary Algebra Skills and Strategies

5 units: lecture 5 units; lab 0 units

This course covers the basic operations and properties of real numbers, exponential, polynomial, rational and radical expressions. Other topics include first-degree equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, graphing, and quadratic, rational and radical equations. Specific math learning strategies and adaptive technologies for students with disabilities are integrated throughout the course.

last published: 12/14/18