College of the Canyons

DSP&S Newsletter


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure your "my.canyons" e-mail address is up to date as that is the only way DSP&S will be contacting you with all correspondence and notifications.



 Dr. Jane A. Feuerhelm - Program Director

Spring semester will begin 2/10/14! Before you know it, students will  be involved in their classes and campus activities. Before you know it finals will be here and another semester will be completed. Since we’re always looking forward, it’s time to begin thinking about the graduation on June 6th. I encourage you to stop by or call DSP&S to schedule a counseling appointment for registration advisement.

Susan Ling - DSP&S Counselor

What is a SEP?  A Student Education Plan is a guide to your future.  It is important to choose a major and discuss the requirements with your counselor. Every program and school is different in regards to major preparation and general education.

We encourage students to meet with us for a counseling appointment to discuss their educational goals and determine the appropriate classes towards their major. Developing a SEP helps students to stay motivated to finish their goals. Please make sure you have your SEP in place before the next registration cycle.


Dr. Stephanie Lee - DSP&S Counselor

As a counselor in the DSP&S department, I work with students to help them formulate goals, plan classes, and help problem solve if any difficulty arises.  Students can schedule appointments to discuss courses to take in the upcoming semester, to develop a Student Educational Plan, or to discuss DSP&S services and accommodations. 
I generally work at the Canyon Country Campus on Mondays and at the Valencia Campus, Tuesday through Thursday. 
Dr. Christi Franklin - Learning Disability Speacialist
My name is Dr. Christi Franklin and I’m the Learning Disability Specialist here in DSP&S. My primary mission is to determine who is eligible for services under the category of Learning Disabled based on the criteria from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. A battery of tests is completed by the student, and, based on that information, a determination is made to whether they qualify for services in our department.

If you are having difficulties with learning, you may make an appointment with our Director to determine if you are eligible for an assessment. Call the DSP&S office at (661) 362-3341 to set up an appointment. I am available Monday through Thursday at the Valencia campus.
Scott McAfee - Access Coordinator
As  Access Coordinator for College of the Canyons, I want to welcome all new and returning students to our department. DSP&S continues to work to provide universal access to information technology and coursework through accessible software, specialized hardware, and universal design.
Through the implementation of universal design, students with disabilities have equal access to important information and equal opportunities to succeed as a student.  Some of the software that the DSP&S department utilizes to achieve universal access includes JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, on screen keyboards, LiveScribe pens, e-text, and other accessible tools.
In continuing with our tradition of providing cutting edge technological solutions for students with disabilities, the College of The Canyons DSP&S department has recently purchased several Livescribe Smartpens for student checkout. These pens record lectures as well as your written notes. By clicking into your notes, you may access the recorded lecture at the exact point in time the notes were written. Not sure why you circled a section of your notes? Simply click on the notes with your smartpen and the pen will start playing back the lecture at the exact time you wrote the notes. The pen also digitally records your written text which you may print up or share with study buddies. These pens may be checked out from the DSP&S department (free of charge) on a first come/first serve basis. Smartpens may be checked out by semester by those with lecture recording accomodations. Please speak to your counselor to verify that you qualify.
Again, College of the Canyons and DSP&S welcome you. May your career as a college student be an accessible and successful experience.
Important Dates
Priority registration for Winter 2014 for students currently enrolled in the DSP&S program at College of the Canyons is November 12th and 13th, 2013. Documentation for new students must be received in the DSP&S office by Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5pm in order to process paperwork and receive priority registration for Winter 2014.
(Monday) February 10th, 2014 First day of Spring semester.
(Friday -- Monday) Februray 14th, 2014 -- Februrary 17th, 2014 Lincoln/Washington Holidays
(Monday -- Sunday) April 7th, 2014 -- April 13th, 2014 ​Spring break.
(Monday) May 26th, 2014
Memorial Day Holiday
(Thursday) June 5th, 2014
Last Day of Spring Semester
(Friday) June 6th, 2014 Graduation​
(Monday) June 16th, 2014 ​Various Summer sessions begin.


2013 DSP&S Office Hours

Valencia Campus
Monday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Friday: CLOSED
High Tech Center Lab Hours
Monday: 10:00 AM—4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM—4:00 PM
Thursday:   10:00 AM—4:00 PM
Friday:  CLOSED
Canyon Country Campus
Mondays: By appointment only.