West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

DESP Services

Academic Accommodations

Accommodations are provided to meet your individual needs. Eligibility for specific services is based on the recommendation of a DESP counselor or learning specialist. Services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Test Taking Accommodations
  • Note Takers
  • Sign Language Interpreters and Real-Time Captioners
  • Equipment Loan
  • Alternate media services (including Braille, e-text, large print, and closed captioning)
  • Special Equipment
  • Adaptive Computers/Software
  • Text Reader
  • Text Enlarger
  • FM Loop
  • Braille Keyboard Readout Device
  • Digital Recorder
  • Smart Pens

Students are strongly encouraged to view our Accommodations Presentation (PPT 24 MB) to learn more about how to request and implement their approved accommodations.

For More Information Contact:

Mike Scaletta (408) 741-2453 / TTY (408) 741-2658

Specialized Counseling

Whether you need help with planning classes, transferring to a university, or dealing with a disability-related issue, call, e-mail or make an appointment to talk to one of our counselors. We offer many different kinds of assistance:

Academic Counseling

  • Career Programs
  • AA/AS/ADT Degrees
  • Transfer Admission Agreements
  • Transfer Requirements for University of California, California State Universities, and Private Universities

Personal Counseling

  • Disability Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Liaison with California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Liaison with various community programs

Career Counseling

  • Referrals to Couns 012, Career and Lifestyles classes
  • Individual counseling to facilitate career decision making

For Further Information Contact:

Jean Finch (408) 741-4034
Ross Smith (408) 741-4027

Complete your California Student Success Act Requirements with DESP

  • Assessment
  • Orientation
  • Educational Planning

Call (408) 741-2010 or stop by the DESP office

Learning Disability

If you think you may have a learning disability, make an appointment with a learning specialist to see if assessment is recommended. Counselors and learning specialists can recommend special courses which will help you with learning strategies, reading, basic math and writing.

Support Labs

  • LS 931B Effective Learning: Math Lab - Application of math strategies for algebraic and other mathematical course work. Taken concurrently with a designated Math Department course.
  • LS 943 A Writing Support - Application of writing strategies for English course work. Taken concurrently with designated English Department courses.


  • LS 942 Effective Critical Reading - Strategies to improve reading comprehension for college level reading.
  • LS 001 Learning Strategies for College and Life - Study skills, goal setting, time management, memory, test taking strategies, note taking, and learning styles.
  • LS 944 Effective Learning: Math Processing - Basic math and algebra concepts.
  • LS 941B Effective Sentence & Paragraph Writing - Paragraph development, organization, basic grammar and mechanics.
  • LS 941C Effective Essay Writing - Essay development and organization.

For More Information Contact:

Judy Colson (408) 741-2450
Susan Sherrill (408) 741- 2452

Computer Lab and Alternate Media

The DESP Computer Lab can provide you with an evaluation and training in the use of computer technology. The Lab offers specialized software as well as adaptive technology. The following highlight the Lab’s offerings:

  • Adapted Computer Access Evaluations: assesses ability to access screen, keyboard or programs
  • Text Reader: turns text into high quality speech for learning disabled and visually impaired students.
  • Screen enlargers: enlarges the computer screen for low vision students
  • Alternate Media: provides access to course materials in an alternate format including etext.
  • Training: shows student how to use text-to-speech software, including Kurzweil.

Make an appointment at the front desk if you want to be assessed for adapted computer or alternate media needs.

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