DSS Courses, Programs, & Clubs


COUN 076C – Accessible Note-taking Techniques

This course is designed for students with disabilities who have limited skills in the area of note taking. This course will teach students various techniques to improve note-taking skills that can be used in all academic coursework and other settings.

COUN 073C – Computer Access I

This course is designed for students with disabilities. It will provide training in the use of computer technology in a word processing and internet environment. May be taken for credit 2 times.
(Beginning fall 2018 semester)

COUN 100C – College Orientation

Learn what it takes to be a successful college student and create your own educational plan by enrolling in COUN 100C – College Orientation. This course is designed for students with disabilities. Students will learn campus policies and procedures, strengthen study skills, create a Student Educational Plan, and develop responsible academic and personal attitudes.This course is worth one (1) unit.

KIN 100 C – Adapted P.E. – Weight Training **

Gives you the opportunity to participate in resistive exercises with weights.

** Prerequisite: Entry into this class is based on the student’s previous medical history.

KIN 101 C – Adapted P.E. – Activity **

Emphasizes modified individual and team sport activities.

** Prerequisite: Entry into this class is based on the student’s previous medical history.

DANC 110C – Adapted Dance

This course introduces students with disabilities to elements of several types of dance, including modern and contact improvisation. The course will enhance self-confidence, dexterity, decision making and self awareness through the usage of several factors involved in the pedagogical process.


First Steps – A Summer Bridge Program for High School Seniors with Disabilities

Program Leader: Adrienne Sanchez, MA

For more information, contact DSS at (714) 484-7104 or email dss-students@cypresscollege.edu.

The First Steps Program is a four-week summer bridge program designed for newly exiting high school students with disabilities. The program introduces students to Cypress College and its services and academic programs through individual and group instruction, enrollment in a transfer-level course, hands-on activities, and further learning opportunities. Its goals are to support student transition from high school to college and to promote student engagement and increase intrinsic motivation to support student learning, development, and college success. It is our hope that First Steps students who receive insight on college expectations and experience will manage college with fewer adjustment challenges.

During the First Steps Program, students will:

  • Enroll in and take a Counseling 100 class
  • Develop a student educational plan
  • Develop and learn to apply study and learning strategies
  • Learn about student services and take campus tours
  • Learn about the differences between high school and college
  • Explore inclusive technology supporting student success
  • Have fun!
  • And much more!

Study and Learning Strategies (SLS) Program

Program Leader: Adrienne Sanchez, MA
SLS Counselor
E: asanchez@cypresscollege.edu
T: (714) 484-7104

The Study and Learning Strategies Program provides support to students needing assistance with enhancing their study and learning skills. The SLS Counselor will provide one-on-one sessions to Cypress College students to develop study strategies, enhance learning strengths, and boost skill weaknesses.

For more information, contact the DSS office at (714) 484-7104 or visit room CCCPLX-100 (next to the Financial Aid office).

ARISE Lab (Academics, Relationships, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Emotional Health)

Location: Business Building, Room 119 
Hours: Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For more information, call DSS at (714) 484-7104.

ARISE is an educational support and wellness hub. Staff focus on helping students develop organizational, academic and social skills, and provide students with support for their mental wellness. The hub has been designed to provide individualized support to students with Autism, but many students benefit from ARISE services. All students are welcome!  

  • One on one support with ARISE support staff and counselor 
  • Group sessions and workshops 
  • Social support and community building 
  • Emotional and mental health wellness 
  • Safe space to connect with other students and/or ARISE staff 
  • And much more! 


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