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Hot Topics

Hot Topics

This page provides a listing of hot topics that we are covering from the field. Within each topic area, you will find links to more extensive information. Be sure to check back with us on this page, as we will be updating as new topics arise.

  • NAD v. MIT Consent Decree Announced February 18, 2020
    • In a press release dated February 18, 2020, the National Association of the Deaf announced the settlement, calling it "a landmark settlement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that institutes a series of new guidelines to make the university’s website and online resources accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The settlement follows a similar agreement with Harvard University in November 2019, which together represent the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education and provide a new model for ensuring worldwide online and digital accessibility in academia and business for people who are deaf and hard of hearing."
    • The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has also posted a press release that includes a direct link to the NAD v. MIT Consent Decree.
  • NAD v. Harvard University Consent Decree Announced Nov. 27, 2019
    • In a press release dated November 27, 2019, the National Association of the Deaf announced the settlement, which states: "The settlement represents the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education and ensures for the first time that Harvard will provide high-quality captioning services for online content."
    • The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has also posted a press release that includes a direct link to the NAD v. Harvard Consent Decree
  • DSPS Student Outcomes in Transfer-Level English and Math Webinar
    • On November 14, 2019, the Educational Results Partnership/RP Group presented latest results for DSPS students in Transfer-Level English and Math. They were joined by representatives from DSPS and the faculty at Los Medanos College and Antelope Valley College, who reported on successful strategies leading to success. The webinar is now available in archived format
  • Paul Grossman, J.D., Presentation on Determining QID/QSD: A Paradigm and a Process, sponsored by CCCCO
    • On November 5, 2019, the following presentation regarding Qualified Individual with a Disability/Qualified Student with a Disability was conducted via webinar on behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The presentation is available in accessible Word document format. The author, Paul Grossman, J.D., P.A., has agreed to share this support material with the proviso that it is for individual use and may not be recirculated or posted online. (See Use and Permissions on page 3 of the document.)
  • Survey Results for DSPS Online Database Systems
  • DSPS Solutions Communique Article and Presentation from the 2019 CAPED Convention, October 11-12, 2019
  • AB 2 Regarding DSPS and California College Promise Program
    • On October 4, 2019, AB 2 was passed by the State Assembly. The bill, proposed by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, expands access to the California College Promise Program by allowing students who are part of the Disabled Students Programs and Services to qualify even if they are not enrolled in a full-time course load.
    • You can now view this webinar hosted by Linda Vann, CCCCO DSPS Specialist, on August 20, 2019. It provides an overview for new directors and a refresher for those preparing for year-end reporting activities. Posted August 20, 2019.
  • DSPS P1 Funding Summaries
  • Memo from CCCCO Accompanying the 2019-2020 DSPS Allocation
    • The attached memo, which explains the delay (or "pause) in the implementation of the new funding formula, was posted with the 2019-2020 DSPS P1 Allocation to the DSPS Directors Listserv on July 1, 2019.
  • 2019-2020 DSPS Allocation Formula 
    • On June 18, 2019, the Community College League of California hosted a Town Hall virtual meeting regarding the planned implementation of the new DSPS Allocation formula for the fiscal year 2019-2020. The meeting was moderated by President Pamela Luster, San Diego Mesa College, and speaker on behalf of the Chancellor's Office was Rhonda Mohr, Vice Chancellor, Student Services and Special Programs. The CCLC Town Hall Power Point presentation is now available to the public. Posted June 18, 2019.
  • 2019-2020 CCCCO DSPS Calendar
  • Extended Time on Assignments and Homework
    • We have received a number of requests for support with accommodations for students requesting extended time for assignments and homework. Each case is unique; however, each case should follow similar process and procedure, and these are laid out in Title 5 Section 56000, which states that any academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services and/or instruction funded, in whole or in part, under authority of this subchapter must:
      • be directly related to the educational limitations of the verified disabilities of the students to be served;
      • be directly related to the students’ participation in the educational process;
      • promote the maximum independence and integration of students with disabilities;
      • not include any change to curriculum or course of study that is so significant that it alters the required objectives or content of the curriculum in the approved course outline, thereby causing a fundamental alteration.
    • Title 5 Section 56027 Academic Adjustments and the CCCCO’s Implementing Guidelines for the regulation make it clear that colleges “shall establish a policy and procedure for responding to, in a timely manner consistent with Section 53203… requests involving academic adjustments. This procedure shall provide for an individualized review of each request.”
      • Colleges should periodically review their policy and procedures for responding to requests involving academic adjustments for compliance and currency.
      • Timely and active participation with the student in the interactive process is essential to determining academic adjustments.
    • To review OCR cases related to extended time on assignments, homework, and testing (or any other topic), visit the DOE OCR Search Page. Be sure to select the appropriate document types and statutes when you enter your search.