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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers for DSPS students

How can I get tested for learning disabilities?


Pasadena CA area

First, check with reputable websites that educate the community about learning disabilities. Inform yourself about learning disabilities and strategies to cope with them from these sites before seeking out an assessment so you will know the purpose of such an assessment and how it can benefit you. They can keep you updated on resources and services in the community.

Learning Disabilities Association of California and LDA of America 626-355-0240 or 415-341-1515 or 888-300-6710
Los Angeles Branch, International Dyslexia Association 818-506-8866 or 410-296-0232 or 800-ABCD-123
LD Online or LD Online free email newsletter
The National Center for Learning Disabilities
Great Schools - Involved Parents Successful Kids (formerly Schwab Foundation for Learning)

Some individuals with learning disabilities also have Attention Deficit Disorder which is not a learning disability, but does affect school performance. Some good sites for information include:

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) 800-233-4050 or 301-306-7070
ADDitude - Living well with ADD and Learning Disabilities magazine

Check with your local Department of Rehabilitation to determine if low-cost or free learning disabilities assessment is offered.

Check with our local California Community Colleges which might also offer learning disabilities assessment to students attending classes at the colleges.

Some lower-cost evaluations for LD or ADHD might be offered at university-based clinics. The Association on Higher Education and Disability is working on such a list.

Some local neuropsychologists and psychologists provide assessment services.

What scholarship opportunities are available for students with disabilities?

College Affordability: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

Lime Scholarship
Google & Lime

Student Award Program
Foundation for Science and Disability, Inc.

Hearing Loss/Deafness

AG Bell Financial Aid and Scholarship Program
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
202-337-5221202-337-5221 (TTY)

Hard of Hearing and Deaf Scholarship
Sertoma International


Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program
The EAR Foundation

800-545-7373800-545-7373 (HEAR)
615-627-2724615-627-2724 (voice/TDD)

William C. Stokoe Scholarship
National Association of the Deaf: Stokoe
(301) 587-1789(301) 587-1789 (TTY)

Visual Impairments

ACB Scholarship

American Council of the Blind

AFB Scholarships
American Foundation for the Blind

CCLVI Scholarships
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

CRS Scholarship
Christian Record Services for the Blind

Ferrell Scholarship
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Guild Scholar Award
Jewish Guild for the Blind

Lighthouse Scholarships
Lighthouse International

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

NFB Scholarships
National Federation of the Blind

Physical/Mobility Impairments

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

ELA Foundation Scholarship
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

National Chair Scholars Scholarship
ChairScholars Foundation

National MS Society Scholarship Program
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

SBA Scholarship Program
Spina Bifida Association of America
202-944-3285202-944-3285 ext. 23

Health Impairments

IDF Scholarship Program
Immune Deficiency Foundation


Kevin Child Scholarship
National Hemophilia Foundation
800-424-2634800-424-2634 ext. 3700

Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award
Intra Med Educational Group

Scholarships for Survivors Program
Patient Advocate Foundation

Solvay Cares Scholarship
Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
888-393-3863888-393-3863 (FUND)

Learning Disabilities

Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship
P. Buckley Moss Society

Learning Through Listening Award
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Hydrocephalus Association

Mental Health

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

Multicutural Scholarship Opportunties

Proyectovision - Scholarships for Latinos with disabilities

How do I get sign language interpreting service at PCC for my classes?

Contact Bianca Richards - Counselor, or Rosemary Scott -Teacher Specialist at 626-585-7127 (Voice) as soon as possible, for verification and service arrangement as well as registration assistance. Alternatively, you can send email to, or

The Department or Rehabilitation buys my text books; what paperwork do I need?

Department of Rehabilitation procedures for “Books and Supplies”

Every semester after you have registered for your classes, you will need to fill out a “Books & Supplies List” form that you can pick up from the DSPS front office.  Take this form and your class printout to the PCC bookstore and find the books you will need for your classes.  List each book and the price, calculate the total and include tax.  It is your responsibility to turn in the form to your DR counselor.  Department of Rehabilitation will process a “Book Voucher” and send it directly to the PCC bookstore; you will also receive a copy.  Once the bookstore receives the voucher you can go to the bookstore and pick up your books.

What is the difference between “priority registration” and “early registration”?

Each new, returning, and continuing student is automatically assigned a date and time to register.  This is commonly called your “priority registration.”  The more units you accrue, the sooner you can register.  “Early registration,” that is, registration before your assigned registration time, is an accommodation to mitigate a specific educational limitation created by your disability.  You must request this accommodation from your Teacher-Specialist and provide documentation as to how early registration will mitigate your educational limitation.