Disability Resource Center

Counseling Services Division

Disability Resource Classes

A variety of courses are offered by the DRC. The mission of these classes is three fold. The first objective is to supplement the academic instruction that students’ with disabilities receive through the regular college curriculum. The second objective is to assist students in strengthening their basic skills in the reading, writing, speaking and physical domains and the third objective is to facilitate the development of the students’ ability to manage their disabilities in an educational environment. The DRC learning experience is provided in small groups, using specialized teaching/testing techniques which may include the use of assistive technology. An important outcome of these courses is that students with disabilities improve their 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 course is designed to provide a support class for students with disabilities who are enrolled in English 10, English Essentials. Students enrolled in the class will receive supplemental instruction appropriate for the development of basic English grammar and writing skills. This class will provide a supportive learning environment for students with disabilities. Students in this class should have the ability to learn in a group setting and must be able to produce computer generated work.  This 3 unit course is offered as Credit/No Credit and may be taken 4 times.

Phonics for Students with Disabilities (DR 18)

This course is designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  It teaches the use of phonics as a spelling and reading strategy.  Students must have the ability to learn in a group setting.   This 3 unit course may be taken 3 times.

Pre-algebra Support (DR 20)

This course is designed as a support class for students with learning disabilities who are enrolled in Math 15, Pre-algebra. Students enrolled in the class will receive supplemental instruction appropriate for Pre-algebra skills and concepts. This class will provide a supportive learning environment for students with disabilities. Students in this class should be comfortable working in a group setting.

Algebra Support (DR 25)

This course is designed as a support class for students with learning disabilities who are enrolled in Math 50, Beginning Algebra. Students enrolled in the class will receive supplemental instruction appropriate for Beginning Algebra skills and concepts. This class will provide a supportive learning environment for students with disabilities. Students in this class should be comfortable working in a group setting.

Composition Skills and Strategies for the Intermediate Writer (DR 26)

This class is designed to help students concurrently enrolled in English 50 improve their essay writing skills by developing effective writing and reading strategies while using adaptive computer programs appropriate to their disabilities. The class includes small group discussion and various in class writing assignments. This 3 unit course may be taken 2 times.

Adapted Computer Skills (DR 40)

Adapted Computer Skills is a class developed for students with disabilities having little or no computer experience. Each student will be evaluated for the 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. In this course the focus is on learning assistive technologies (as necessary), basic computer operation and care, developing keyboarding skills, beginning word processing, Internet access and E-mail. This 3 unit course may be taken up to 3 times.

Advanced Adapted Computers (DR 41)

This course provides training in more advanced software techniques for students with disabilities as they use their prescribed access technology. The course covers the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint), Internet research, email and Learning Management software (BlackBoard). Completion of this course meets the Computer Literacy competency at CSUSM. This 3 unit course may be taken up to 3 times.

Voice Recognition for Students with Disabilities (DR 42)

This course provides training in the current version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for students with disabilities. Students learn to use their voice to control the computer and other applications, write with their voice and edit completed documents. This 3 unit course may be taken 3 times.

Software for Students with Vision Loss I (DR 43.1)

Students with blindness or low vision receive training 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 Explorer and Email. It is recommended that students enrolling in this course have some keyboarding skills. This 3 unit course may be taken 2 times.

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 Learning Management software (BlackBoard). It is recommended that students have keyboarding skills and prior experience with screen reading or screen magnification applications. This 3 unit course is not offered every semester. Please check the current course schedule for offerings.

Adapted Computer Laboratory (DR 45L)

This course is offered to provided supervised hands-on opportunities to acquire and reinforce skills using computers and assistive technology. Students are encouraged to complete assignments from other courses while using their specific assistive technology. This 1 unit course is offered as Credit/ No credit and requires that each student complete lab hours on a regular basis.

Non-Credit Programs

Classes in this program meet at Palomar College, Escondido. Online registration for these classes is found at http://www2.palomar.edu/occnocr/ or by completing the application in the current semester schedule. Two sections are offered each semester, each focusing on specific disability groups.

Independent Living Skills (N DSAB 501)

This course provides students with the skills necessary for independent living. Two sections are offered each semester, each focusing on specific disability groups. One section covers topics for students with developmental disabilities, while the other section covers topics for students with acquired brain injuries.