Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP)

DESP Services video

General Information

If you are a student with a disability that affects your education, the Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP) can assist you in achieving your educational goals. We provide a variety of services and specialized courses designed to insure access to all campus programs, services, and facilities, and to facilitate maximum student independence and success.

DESP Hours

Monday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
*Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

*Friday tests should be pre-approved

DESP Location: LS Building

DESP provides help with:

  • Academic Accommodations
  • Specialized Counseling
  • Learning Disability Services
  • Computer Lab and Alternate Media
  • Adapted Physical Education

If you are requesting services, you will need to meet eligibility criteria. A physical, mental, learning, or sensory disability that qualifies for academic accommodations under the law must be verified by a credentialed, certified, or licensed professional. A counselor or program specialist will guide you through the intake and verification process.

Watch a video on how to apply to DESP.

Support Services

Registered Students Login Information

  1. Log onto DESP Online Services
    • Enter username: G0 (the number zero) followed by your West Valley ID# (for example: G01234567)
    • Enter password
  2. Sign any e-agreements (Test Agreement, Notetaking Agreement, etc.).
  3. Follow instructions to select accommodations for the courses shown in which you are registered.

Academic Accommodations

Accommodations are provided to meet your individual needs. Eligibility for specific services is based on the recommendation of a DESP counselor or learning specialist. Services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Request DESP Accommodations video
  • Test Taking Accommodations
  • Note Takers
  • Sign Language Interpreters and Real-Time Captioners
  • Equipment Loan
  • Alternate media services (including Braille, e-text, large print, and closed captioning)
  • Special Equipment
  • Adaptive Computers/Software
  • Text Reader
  • Text Enlarger
  • FM Loop
  • Braille Keyboard Readout Device
  • Digital Recorder
  • Smart Pens

Request and implement approved accommodations through DESP Online Services.

Watch a video on how to request accommodations.

Schedule A Test or Quiz

  1. Log onto DESP Online Services
    • Enter username: G0 (the number zero) followed by your West Valley ID# (for example: G01234567)
    • Enter password
  2. Click on Alternative Testing under My Accommodations on the left sidebar.
  3. Follow instructions to select your class from the dropdown menu and schedule your exam. Then, click Add Exam Request.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Scaletta (408) 741-2453 / TTY (408) 741-2658

Specialized Counseling

Whether you need help with planning classes, transferring to a university, or dealing with a disability-related issue, call, email or make an appointment to talk to one of our counselors. We offer many different kinds of assistance:

Academic Counseling

  • Career Programs
  • AA/AS/ADT Degrees
  • Transfer Admission Agreements
  • Transfer Requirements for University of California, California State Universities, and Private Universities

Personal Counseling

  • Disability Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Liaison with California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Liaison with various community programs

Career Counseling

  • Referrals to COUN 012, Career and Lifestyles classes
  • Individual counseling to facilitate career decision making

For more information, please contact:

Complete your California Student Success Act Requirements with DESP

  • Assessment
  • Orientation
  • Educational Planning

Call (408) 741-2010 or stop by the DESP office

Learning Disability

If you think you may have a learning disability, make an appointment with a learning specialist to see if assessment is recommended. Counselors and learning specialists can recommend special courses which will help you with learning strategies, reading, basic math and writing.

Support Labs

  • LS 931B Effective Learning: Math Lab – Application of math strategies for algebraic and other mathematical course work. Taken concurrently with a designated Math Department course.
  • LS 943 A Writing Support – Application of writing strategies for English course work. Taken concurrently with designated English Department courses.


  • LS 001 Learning Strategies for College and Life – Study skills, goal setting, time management, memory, test taking strategies, note taking, and learning styles.
  • LS 944 Effective Learning: Math Processing – Basic math and algebra concepts.
  • LS 945 Beginning Algebra Concepts
  • LS 941B Effective Sentence & Paragraph Writing – Paragraph development, organization, basic grammar and mechanics.
  • LS 941C Effective Essay Writing – Essay development and organization.

For More Information, Contact:

Alternate Media

Computer Lab

The DESP Computer Lab can provide you with an evaluation and training in the use of computer technology. The Lab offers specialized software as well as adaptive technology, including:

  • Adapted Computer Access Evaluations: assesses ability to access screen, keyboard or programs.
  • Text Reader: turns text into high quality speech for learning disabled and visually impaired students.
  • Screen enlargers: enlarges the computer screen for low vision students.
  • Alternate Media: provides access to course materials in an alternate format including e–text.
  • Training: shows student how to use text-to-speech software, including Kurzweil.

Make an appointment at the front desk if you want to be assessed for adapted computer or alternate media needs.


Start here if you qualify for and would like your textbook in a digital format.

  1. Login to DESP Online Services.
    • Enter Username: G0 (the number zero) followed by your West Valley ID# (for example G01234567)
    • Enter Password.
  2. Click on 'Alternative Formats' under 'My Accommodations' on the left sidebar.
  3. Follow instructions to select your class from the dropdown menu and fill out the book information.
  4. Click 'Submit Request'
  5. Bring your textbooks to DESP.

For More Information, Contact:

Chris Jackson (408) 741-2063

E-text Delivery Timelines

Standard Production Times:

Producing edited alternate media (e-text) for most textbooks is 10 business days from the time permission has been obtained from the publisher and for most course readers is 17 business days (whether hard or electronic).

Specialized Text Production Times:

Some e-texts(depending on subject, format or quality of source material), may have a longer timeline. DESP will make its best reasonable efforts to provide e-text as soon as possible. Specialized text may include:

  1. Subject: STEM subjects, World languages, etc.
  2. Format: Braille, large print, reformatting, and/or repagination, etc.
  3. Scan Conversion: Marked-up materials or illegible document reproductions requiring extensive text input by keyboard.

Rolling Basis Production:

When a shorter timeline is required, a student may choose to receive portions of their textbook or course reader as needed on a 'rolling basis'. Rolling Basis Production is expected to take at least 5 business days from the time permission is obtained from the publisher and 8 business days for portions of a course reader. DESP will provide the alternate media to the student on a 'rolling basis' 24 hours prior to each upcoming due date.

In order to receive a Rolling Basis Production, the Student must identify the date the assignment is due (e.g., by submitting the course syllabus). If a due date is not shown on syllabus, written documentation of due date from instructor is sufficient. The completed e-text will be provided as soon as reasonable.

Recommended Reading Assignments:

Upon request, instructor recommended reading assignments will be converted into e-text. The standard production time will not apply. DESP will provide an estimated date of completion.

Adapted PE

Adapted Physical Education offers a variety of classes to help students with chronic conditions, disabilities, or limitations due to injury.  The safe and supportive environment provides the opportunity to reach individual fitness and conditioning goals. Classes are not for credit and have no fees.

Adapted PE Student

Summer Session

  • Adapted Fitness
  • Adapted Aerobic Exercise
  • Adapted Aquatics

Fall Session

  • Adapted Fitness
  • Adapted Aerobic Exercise
  • Adapted Core Stretching
  • Adapted Aquatics
  • Adapted Weight Training

Winter Session

  • Adapted Functional Fitness

Spring Session

  • Adapted Fitness
  • Adapted Aerobic Exercise
  • Adapted Core Stretching
  • Adapted Water Movement
  • Adapted Functional Fitness
  • Adapted Weight Training

Start Now

  • Register with West Valley by submitting the online application for admission:
  • Complete an application to DESP at DESP Online Services
  • Register for Adapted Physical Education classes
  • For both temporary or permanent disabilities, students must complete a Disability Verification Form (37 KB)
  • The Disability and Educational Support Program offers counselors to assist students with the college application and registration processes

For more information, please contact: (408) 741-2459


Cheryl Miller Cheryl Miller
Program Coordinator
Shamiran Badal Shamiran Badal
Program Assistant
Ann Barrilleaux Ann Barrilleaux
Adapted Physical Education (APE)/Faculty
Jean Finch, M.A. Jean Finch, M.A.
Chris Jackson Chris Jackson
Alternate Media Specialist
Jessica Jaurequi Jessica Jaurequi
Learning Disability Specialist/Faculty
Christel Ligocki Christel Ligocki
Adapted Physical Education (APE)/Faculty
Erika Llantero Erika Llantero
Mike Scaletta Mike Scaletta
Accommodation Specialist
Susan Sherrill Susan Sherrill
Learning Disability Specialist/Faculty
Tanya Southworth Tanya Southworth
Administrative Specialist

General DESP Forms

Transition from High School to College Forms

Instructor Forms


Student Resources

Faculty Resources

How to Submit Tests and Instructions

How Faculty Submits Tests video video

Faculty Handbook

See the Faculty Handbook

New Students

Steps to Register with DESP

  1. Complete online registration DESP Application.
  2. Upload documentation of disability, eg IEP, 504, physician’s verification..
  3. Make appointment with a DESP counselor to complete program registration.

On To College Orientation Workshops for High School Seniors with Disabilities

With the passage of SB 1456, first year California Community College students are required to complete a college orientation, placement testing and an educational plan. Information will be presented on:

  • Applying to West Valley College/DESP
  • DESP services and classes
  • West Valley College classes and programs
  • AA/AS/ADT degree, transfer and career programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Placement Testing
  • Educational Plan
  • DESP On-to-College Flyer (640 KB)
Days Start Time Room
Wednesday, April 10 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cilker 133
Tuesday, April 16 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cilker 131
Tuesday, April 30 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cilker 131
Wednesday, May 8 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cilker 134
Tuesday, May 21 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cilker 131

Transition from High School to College Forms

Space is limited in each Orientation Workshop. Call (408) 741-2010 beginning March 1, 2018 to reserve a space.

last published: 1/10/19