Supporting Students on Their Journey to Success
Disability Support Services provides support to adult students with disabilities so they can successfully transition to, participate in, and complete their postsecondary education at NOCE.
DSS provides additional supports that can help students achieve their academic goals at our sister colleges, Cypress College and Fullerton College. DSS assistance and programs help students achieve their goals related to higher education, competitive, integrated employment, and living more independently.
About the DSS Program
NOCE’s DSS Program is the noncredit provider for the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). This team helps students with verified disabilities obtain educational accommodations and support services. DSS commits to supporting students in pursuing their inclusive educational and vocational goals. DSS programs comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Note: Students may be eligible for educational coaching services to support them with taking inclusive classes at Cypress College and Fullerton College.
Reach out to a counselor to learn more about programs and services today!
NOCE’s DSS counselors work with students to identify accommodations and support services they need to be successful in classes. Accommodations help to ensure all students receive an equitable education.
DSS counselors provide specialized academic counseling and can help students with disabilities register for classes and plan their future. Peer mentoring is available for some students.
DSS offers noncredit college classes that help students with mild intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain independence in school, work, and the community.
Who is Eligible?
Student eligibility for DSS program admittance is determined on an individual basis. Generally, students must demonstrate:
- Proof of disability or eligibility through LD assessments
For More Information!
Please visit the Accommodation page for more detailed information on eligibility.
Academics Relationships Independence Self-advocacy Emotional-health (ARISE) – ARISE is an educational support and wellness hub. Staff focus on helping students develop organizational, academic and social skills, and providing students with support for their mental health needs. The hub has been designed to provide individualized support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but many students benefit from the services provided by ARISE.
Work Independence Self Advocacy Education (WISE)
The WISE program curriculum is similar to the DSS classes and provides a 1:4 staff to student ratio for those who need additional instructional support.
Workability III (WAIII) helps students to prepare for, obtain, and maintain competitive integrated employment.
College to Career (C2C)
College to Career (C2C) – C2C provides support services that help students with ID succeed in noncredit and credit classes leading to an inclusive college experience. C2C helps students obtain employment upon completion of their educational goals.
Independent Vocational and Educational Supports (IVES)
Independent Vocational and Educational Supports (IVES) – Students receive educational coaching to support their inclusive post-secondary educational goals and increase their ability to get jobs in competitive industries.
Mobility Training Program
Mobility Training Program – Students learn the skills needed to independently use the public transportation system.
“It helped my confidence a lot because they gave me the skills to live independently.” Rachyl Wiesner
DSS Alumna and ECE Alumna