DSPS COVID-19 Support

Dear Students,
Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) has moved to remote service delivery.  We realize that there are many changes and challenges right now and want you to know that we are here to support you.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. We hope this message finds you well and we look forward to working together to get through these challenging times.

Sincerely and on behalf of the DSPS Team,
Jana Garnett, DSPS Director

  • For general questions about admission and enrollment at SBCC, contact info@sbcc.edu or visit the Enrollment Services Homepage 
  •  We are monitoring our calls and emails and responding throughout our normal business hours. 

    By Phone : (805)730-4164

    Via Email: dspshelp@sbcc.edu

  • During the campus closure, there is no need to book your tests and finals via the DSPS Portal.  
    To use your test accommodations for online tests:

    1. Make sure your accommodation letter has been sent and confirmed. 

    2. Send your instructor a courtesy reminder e-mail  3-5 days prior to your test/final to ensure all necessary adjustments are made to accommodate your needs.
    If your needs are not being met, contact us via email for assistance. Although the test center is closed, we are working remotely to support you and ensure your accommodations are provided.
    Please email any test related concerns to dsps-testbooking@pipeline. sbcc.edu.
  • Our strategies tutors are here to help and will continue to support you in a remote format.

    What is a strategies tutor, you ask? A strategies tutor is more of a generalist that is trained to work with students with disabilities. However, these tutors can cover a broad range of math levels as well as courses that require writing. On the other hand, NetTutors are specialists that are discipline specific. You are welcome to use both resources to support your needs.

    If you have the need for strategies tutoring, please contact dspshelp@sbcc.edu

    Please make sure you are reading your pipeline emails and talking to your instructors about tutorial support such as NetTutor.

  • We are working with faculty and staff to make sure that online instructional materials are accessible. Please be patient with faculty and us as we help with this process. There are hundreds of classes and it takes time to help you and your instructors with accessibility questions. 

    If you are having difficulty accessing the online course content due to your assistive technology (screen reader, text to speech software, etc.),  notify your instructor that you are having difficulty accessing a specific tool or document to see if they can provide an accessible version. Then consult with DSPS to assist you or help you work with your instructor. 

    Please contact us for accessibility requests and concerns at (805) 730-4164 
    Via Email: dspshelp@sbcc.edu

  • If you are approved for alternate media, audio books, e-text, or other formats., and need additional support, please contact our alternate media specialist, Lyn Paulos. You may email Lyn at paulos@sbcc.edu. You may also call Lyn at 805-270-5776.

    Email requests are preferred. Please submit your summer session requests for alternate media as soon as possible.

  • For more information about the college in-person closure and services available, visit:

     COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Campus Webpage.  

    Status on Campus Operations and services

  • Chromebook accessibility extensions:
    Google chrome store has a Kurzweil  "Read the Web,"  a text to speech option
    Google chrome store has Natural Reader, a text to speech option
    Canvas has an embedded "text to speech tool" named "Read Speaker " to read canvas pages.

    Google chrome store has a tool named Speak-it, which converts text to speech.
    Google chrome store has a tool named Speech to text to dictate your words