DSS Courses & Programs


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.

PE 100 C – Adaptive 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.

PE 101 C – Adaptive 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 – Adaptive Dance

This course introduces special needs students 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 Leaders: Adrienne Sanchez, MA and Marisa Lehmeier, MS

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

First Steps is a comprehensive summer experience! Students will:

  • Participate in the English Summer Boost
  • Enroll in and take a Counseling 100 course
  • Develop a student educational plan
  • Develop and apply study and learning strategies
  • Learn about student services and take campus tours
  • Learn about differences between high school and college
  • Explore assistive technology supporting student success
  • 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)

Program Leader: Sneha Kohli Mathur, M.A. BCBA
ARISE Counselor
E: smathur@cypresscollege.edu
T: (714) 484-7465

The ARISE Lab is a sensory friendly classroom, located in the Business Building, Room 119.

  • Wellness center
  • One on one support with ARISE counselor
  • Group sessions and workshops
  • Social support and community building
  • Emotional and mental health wellness
  • Classroom and campus support for students with Autism
  • A safe space to connect with other students and/or the ARISE counselor
  • Come by for a specific workshop, counseling, or just for a quiet place to study!

For more information, please email smathur@cypresscollege.edu or call (714) 484-7465.