Student Eligibility Requirements
The California Community Colleges' definition of "learning disabled" is one of the most
comprehensive in the nation, and it differs from many K-12 school and Rehabilitation definitions.
The California Community College L. D. definition (California Code of Regulations, Title 5,
Section 56014) includes all of the following components:
- The learning problem is not a result of low abilities; vision or
hearing problems; emotional, behavioral, or psychological disabilities;
acquired brain injuries; nor learning English as a Second Language (ESL).
Students with sensory impairments, emotional and psychological
disabilities, and ESL students might also have a learning disability.
Students with acquired brain injuries or developmental disabilities cannot
be diagnosed as L. D., but still might be eligible for DSPS services.
- Average to above average intellectual abilities, as measured by standardized tests.
- Measured achievement in an academic or employment setting.
- Severe discrepancy between measured cognitive processing abilities.
- Severe discrepancy between measured cognitive ability and academic achievement.
- Professional judgment by a community college Learning Disabilities Specialist.
Currently enrolled Cuesta College students can complete an evaluation by a Learning
Disabilities Specialist to determine eligibility for L. D. programs and services.
Contact DSPS for more information. Or visit the L. D.
Testing web page.
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