The mission of Disabled Students Programs and Services is to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at Golden West College, so they can participate freely and actively in all facets of campus life.
The Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at Golden West College (GWC). A variety of programs and services are available, which allow eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
Golden West College’s Comprehensive Autism Program
Puzzle Piece is an Autism Spectrum (ASD) group that was developed by DSPS counselors & students in 2014. Since then, the program has evolved into a comprehensive support program for students on the spectrum. The program is facilitated by Denise Bon, Autism Spectrum Coordinator/Counselor and other experienced professionals. The primary focus of the program is to provide support to students and faculty and help students reach their academic goals. Students participate in academic support, workshops, presentations, and campus activities.
Academic Counseling – Students will participate in individualized academic counseling and career counseling. In addition, students will have the option to meet with the same counselor throughout their academic career at GWC. All Puzzle Piece students will have a comprehensive academic plan their first semester at GWC.
Disability Management – Students have priority to meet with a counselor for any success or difficulties they are having with navigating their classes and/or the GWC campus, A counselor will help facilitate conversations between students and professors/instructors if necessary.
Learning Disability Specialist – Students who have been previously diagnosed and/or believe they have a learning disability have the opportunity to meet with our LD specialist for academic accommodations and LD testing.
Academic Coaching – Students have the opportunity to participate in individual academic coaching. An academic coach helps students with organization, executive functioning skills, and successful study habits.
Parent Seminars – Parents are invited to attend a seminar at the beginning of Fall semester. The seminar is designed to promote student success for your son or daughter. Moreover, parents will gain information about our program, services, and upcoming events.
Autism Ally Week – Spring semester students can participate in week long activities that promote Autism acceptance and education for students, faculty and staff at GWC.
Note to Parents: High School to college life can be a difficult transition for both parents and students. Please feel free to contact a counselor, if you have questions! We do not recommend that you contact professors/instructors directly, rather direct your questions/concerns to DSPS and we can assist your son or daughter as how to best approach their instructors.