Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) Faculty and Staff welcomes you to Bakersfield College and DSPS. Bakersfield College is one of the finest higher educational institutions that you will find. You have made a wise choice. Our hope is that your time here will be enjoyable and productive.
If you are a student with a disability, you have unique educational needs which may require special assistance. At Bakersfield College we understand and are sensitive to that. We believe that you will find the entire Bakersfield College community ready to work with you to help you realize your personal, academic, and career goals.
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact us in DSPS if you have a question. The main DSPS Office is located in Center for Student Success building, Counseling Center and can be reached by phone at 395.4334.
You have our best and heartfelt wishes for your success at Bakersfield College.
To qualify for services, a student must:
- Be enrolled at Bakersfield College
- Have a verifiable disability
- Have an educational limitation that prevents you from fully benefiting from classes, activities, or services offered to non-disabled students
- Need specialized services or instruction in order to mitigate these disability-related educational limitations
Application for Services
To apply for services, a student must:
- Complete an application, located in the main DSPS office in the Center for Student Success building. A file will be developed from this paperwork.
- We will need your permission to send for verification of your disability.
- Services cannot be provided until all forms/records are completed and reviewed for eligibility. DSPS is committed to keeping any information the student provides confidential.
- When verification of your disability is received, you will need to make an appointment with a DSPS Counselor.
- During this first appointment, we will get to know you and your college goals. In addition, an accommodations checklist will be developed with you to help ensure that your abilities, not your disabilities, will be evident in your college coursework and activities.
- You will have a copy of this checklist to share with your instructors when arranging services.
- Follow up appointments will be available to continue planning your academic pursuits, to deal with changes in your disability, and to discuss any challenges or triumphs you encounter along the way toward your goals.
If you experience frustration with the system or your personal situation, make an appointment in DSPS right away. Hopefully, together we can resolve your concerns.
For Deaf Services, please contact Michelle Begendik at 661.395.4296 (V/TTY) or 661.369.8826 (VP)