ACCESS Resource Center
Contact us at:
- Office: 760-245-4271, extension 2212
- Fax: 760-243-6455
- TTY: 760-245-3313
What is the History of ACCESS?
The ACCESS office at Victor Valley College was created in 1978 to meet the academic and support needs of students with disabilities. In 1973 the United States Congress passed the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 of the act addressed the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities. Now, institutions receiving federal funding must ensure that discrimination does not take place. Subsequent state and federal laws and regulations (Title V [CA], the ADA of 1990, & ADA Amendments Act of 2008) resulted in increased access for students with disabilities.
What is the Goal of ACCESS?
The ACCESS office promotes equal access for students with disabilities in the college setting. Accessibility is accomplished through support services and academic accommodations based on the individual's educational functional limitations of their documented disability.
To be eligible for the program, you must have a disability verified by a physician, psychologist, or other appropriate profesional.
If you have a learning disability, you should bring copies of your psychological evaluation test scores. However, if you believe you have a learning disability, but have not been tested, we may administer the tests at our facility for community college eligibility purposes only on a limited basis.
We serve students with many types of disabilities.
Some examples include:
- Students with brain injuries,
- physical disabilities,
- developmental/intellectual disabilities, or
Please let us know how we can help you to be successful at Victor Valley College.
What are some of the services available through ACCESS?
Examples of services available through ACCESS include:
- Test-taking facilitation
- Assessment for learning disabilities
- Specialized counseling
- Interpreter services for hearing-impaired or deaf students
- Mobility assistance
- Note-taker services
- Reader services
- Alternate media services
- Access to adaptive technology
- Registration assistance
How to apply to the ACCESS program
- Complete a Victor Valley College admissions application online. (link opens in a separate window)
- Obtain written documentation from a licensed professional who would understand your disability.
- Bring the above documentation into the ACCESS office, and fill out a ACCESS application to begin the application process.
- The ACCESS office will call you to schedule an appointment after your documents have been reviewed.
REMEMBER: If you are experiencing a learning problem, but do not have documentation, please speak to the ACCESS front-office staff.
Current documentation is required for various disabilities.
Examples of documentation include:
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing - AUDIOGRAM
- Learning Disability - PSYCH-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION, including test scores (raw scores)
- Physical Disability - MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION FROM PHYSICIAN
- Psychological Disability - PSYCHOLOGIST, COUNSELOR OR THERAPIST DOCUMENTATION
- Visual Disability - OPTOMETRIST REPORT
The ACCESS Office is located in Student Services II, Building 50. Get a campus map/directions
If you are a student with a disability, who requires assistance in the college environment, please contact the ACCESS office. Our counselors and staff will assist you in making the transition into VVC's educational setting as smoothly as possible. We are here to answer your questions and assist you in reaching your educational and career goals.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: Victor Valley College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries may be referred to the Office of Human Resources, Victor Valley College, 18422 Bear Valley Road, Victorville, CA 92395, Telephone: 760-245-4271.