DSS Courses & Programs


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.

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.


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

Program Leaders: Adrienne Sanchez, MA and Deborah Michelle, MS
May 29th through June 20th
For more information, contact DSS at (714) 484-7104.

First Steps is a comprehensive summer experience that 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!

FOCUS (Focusing On Communication, Understanding, and Socialization)

Program Leader: Lisa Yates, M.Ed.
E: lyates@cypresscollege.edu
T: (714) 484-7104

FOCUS is a support program for Cypress College students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, social anxiety, or other social-cognitive disorders.  Students attend weekly workshops, participate in activities to boost communication and social skills, and may participate in the mentorship component.  Students will learn how to navigate the campus, socialize with peers, discover how to talk to professors, and acquire strategies for handling frustration, anger, and stress.  For more information, contact the DSS office or email lyates@cypresscollege.edu.

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).