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Disability Resource Center

Counseling Services Division

Disability Resource (DR) Classes

A variety of courses are offered by the DRC. The classes are designed to enable students with disabilities the ability to compensate for educational limitations and/or acquire the skills necessary to complete their educational objectives. The DRC learning experience is provided in classes with fewer students, using specialized teaching/testing techniques including training in assistive technology. An important outcome of these courses is that students with disabilities improve their learning and understanding of themselves as learners, which in turn assists them in making better decisions about their educational, life, and career goals.

English Essentials for Students with Disabilities (DR 15)

This support course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of traditional grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. Successful students will learn the conventions of grammar usage, mechanics, and basic writing. This class will provide a supportive learning environment for students with disabilities. Students in this class will have the ability to learn in an individualized and group setting. (3 units)

Adapted Computer Skills (DR 40)

Adapted Computer Skills is a course developed for students with disabilities having little or no computer experience. Each student is evaluated for appropriate assistive technology, which can be as simple as a large monitor and trackball or as complex as using text-to-speech software to read and edit writing. This course provides computer training using specialized software and hardware adaptations to assist students with disabilities to develop skill in beginning word processing, Internet access and E-mail. (3 units)

Advanced Adapted Computers (DR 41)

Advanced Adapted Computer Skills is a course that provides instruction in more advanced software techniques for students with disabilities as they use their recommended access technology. The course covers the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint), Internet research, email and Canvas, Palomar College’s Learning Management software. (3 units)

Software for Students with Vision Loss I (DR 43.1)

Students with blindness or low vision receive instruction in the use of specialized software and hardware adaptations as they develop computer skills. Programs used in this course include Zoomtext (screen magnification), JAWS (screen reader), OpenBook (scan and read software), Microsoft Word, Internet Browsers and Email. It is recommended that students enrolling in this course have basic keyboarding skills. (3 units)

Software for Students with Vision Loss II (DR 43.2)

This course is a continuation of DR43.I and provides training in the use of Microsoft Office applications, Internet research and the Canvas Learning Management software. Keyboarding skills and prior experience with a screen reading or screen magnification software are important skills for students enrolling in this course. (3 units)

Study Skills with Technology (DR44)

This eight-hour course offers students hands-on opportunities with note taking hardware and software including the use of the Echo SmartPen, Sonocent Audio Notetaker and literacy software with study tools. Each piece of software introduced during the course is available for students’ home use. (.5 units).

Adapted Computer Laboratory (DR 45L)

Adapted Computer Lab offers supervised hands-on opportunities for acquiring and reinforcing computer and assistive technology skills. Students are encouraged to complete assignments for other courses while using their specific assistive technology. Students are required to complete lab hours on a regular basis. (1 unit)

Non-Credit Programs

Online registration for this class is found in the non-credit section of the schedule at

  • Noncredit classes are FREE. There is no unit charge for noncredit classes.
  • You will be required to pay a health and parking fee ONLY if your class meets at either the main San Marcos Campus or the Escondido Center

Independent Living Skills (N DSAB 501)

This course will provide independent living skills for adult students with acquired brain injury. The curriculum stresses the practical application of basic skills and their use in daily life situations. Certain aspects of the course may be adapted to meet the specific needs of the student population being taught. This class meets at the Palomar College Escondido Center.