In Observance of DisAbility Awareness Month 2022, the DSPS office presents "Notable Famous People with Disabilities." This presentation shows our students that they are not alone, while also helping educate people without disabilities that though people may have a disability, that does not stop them from pursuing their goals and dreams, and just as importantly, that not all disabilities are visible. Please take a few moments to read through our October 2021 Presentation:
Due to many students being in distance learning classes this semester, we will not be having our annual DisAbility Awareness Fair on campus. We work with many on and off-campus partners that provide services to students with disabilities. Please visit the following links to become familiar with our off-campus partners or for additional assistance and referrals:
Goodwill of Orange County is the local leader in workforce development and job placement. We have years, nearly 100 years to be exact, of experience matching the needs of employers with employees who have the skills you need.
OC ACCESS was created in response to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). OCTA offers this service for individuals who are physically and/or mentally disabled and cannot use the regular fixed-route OC bus service.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) advocates, promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families.
TASK specializes in special education support for people with disabilities from birth to age 26 and their families. We support all disabilities, including mental illness, chronic health and medical conditions, and emotional challenges due to abuse or environmental trauma.
OC Health Care- Mental Health Services provides a culturally-competent and client-centered continuum of behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder) care, which includes crisis, prevention, early intervention, outpatient, residential and inpatient services for all eligible Orange County residents.
Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) advocates for greater ADHD awareness and education, and provides monthly NO-COST support groups open to the public!
Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.
The Braille Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. We offer a broad range of free programs, classes, and services serving thousands of students of all ages helping to demonstrate that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end.
Employment Development Department (EDD) is one of the largest state departments with employees at hundreds of service locations throughout the state. Since 1936, we have connected millions of job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy of the Golden State.
Orange County Deaf Equal Access Foundation better known as OC-DEAF, was established in 1979 as an outreach office of the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD). Over the years, OC-DEAF, through its individual consumer service provision to more than ten thousand individuals annually, has dramatically improved the quality of life of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind and deaf disabled persons and their families.
Dayle McIntosh Center provides assistance that will facilitate both individual and community options for independent living. Most DMC programs were developed as a result of requests from people with disabilities, who defined gaps in services to address needs in their lives.
Orange County, One-Stop Center provides comprehensive employment and training services, including a Resource Center with access to computers, fax machines, copiers, and telephones. Other services include a resume distribution program; a career resource library, labor market information, job search workshops, on-site interviews with local employers, transferable skills information, job leads, and training programs. There are programs for youth, older workers, people with disabilities, adults, dislocated workers, Veterans, and TANF recipients.
Goodwill Industries Orange County- Deaf Services helps people facing barriers find and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride, and dignity. Our team of training specialists and job coaches will match you with the right program and the right job opportunities based on your own goals and challenges. Take a look at our complete list of programs below and use the contact forms to get started.
Regional Center of Orange County is a private non-profit organization that, as mandated by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, collaborates with persons with developmental disabilities, their families and the community to secure individualized services and supports that enhance the quality of life for the people we serve and assist them in realizing their full potential.
You can also download the following Partner e-flyer that has links to our partners, as well:
CTDAC has a scholarship available for students to apply who have disabilities. If you are interested in applying, or know someone that is interested in applying, please click the following link:
Each year, we try to celebrate DisAbility Awareness Month with events, information, and workshops. For 2020, please view our presentation on Famous People with Disabilities:
October 8th: Disabilities and COVID (hosted by Michigan Rehabilitation Services- Eastern Michigan District Offices)
October 8th: Grounding Our Movement in Disability Justice (hosted by Speak Out- the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture)
October 14th: Disabled Docs Event (hosted by UMass Diversity and Inclusion Office)
October 17-21: Neurodiversity Summit (hosted by Stanford Neurodiversity Project)
October 29: Wheelchair Diaries: One Step Up with Reid Davenport (hosted by Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition and Stanford Dept. of Art and Art History, Film, and Media Studies Program)