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Simi Valley Unified School District

(805) 306-4500


Sean Goldman

Executive Director

Ext. 4302


Wendy Mayea

Assistant Director

Ext. 4310


Debbie Ballinger

Home Teaching, Student Records

Ext. 4313


Tania Bishop

Translator - Spanish

Ext. 4219


Rumana Chithiwala

IBI Clerical Support

(805) 520-6730 Ext. 2238


Eileen Duarte

Executive Administrative Assistant

Ext. 4302


Shanna Foster

SARB, Interdistrict Transfers, Discipline

Ext. 4324


Gina Howell

Assessments, 504, SIRAS Support

Ext. 4316


Debbie Loox


Ext. 4317


Marcia Shaffer

Accounting & Workability

Ext. 4321


Kim Sutherland


Ext. 4315


Wendy Youssef


Ext. 4308

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services Department of the Simi Valley Unified School District offers a wide variety of services to help students, staff and parents service students with special needs. We look forward to working with you and your child!

Student Support for College-Bound Students

While there are no IEPs in college, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 still protects students from discrimination when they get to college. But the process of requesting and receiving accommodations is that students have to seek out the supports that colleges offer. To do this, he/she needs to understand her learning issues and be able to talk about them.  

Here’s a look at three types and some tips on how to help access these kinds of supports in college.

1. Support That Is Available to All Students

Most colleges make some kinds of supports available to all students. These supports typically are free. They tend to include:

  • A writing lab to help students work on their writing assignments
  • A math lab
  • Tutoring by student peers

Remember that in college it’s up to students to seek out these supports. It's important to use them at the beginning of the first semester rather than waiting until he/she is at risk of failing a course. For example, make sure you know where the labs are and when they’re open.

2. Accommodations for Students With Documented Disabilities

If a student has a documented disability and is willing to tell the college, accommodations may be made available. Some examples include:

  • Audiobooks and other assistive technology
  • Note-takers
  • Copies of the professor’s notes
  • Untimed tests
  • A private room for taking tests
  • Alternative formats for tests

Students can apply for accommodations at any time by contacting the college’s office of disability services. Students will also need to show professors a letter approving the accommodations.

If you are thinking about attending Moorpark College and believe you may qualify, contact the ACCESS program at 805-378-1461

3. Special College Programs

Some colleges offer programs that are tailored for students with documented disabilities. Usually a few steps are needed to get into these special programs:

  • An admissions process in addition to the college’s regular admissions process
  • An interview with someone from the program
  • A fee on top of the school’s regular tuition

For many students, the extra resources are worth the extra cost. The advantages to these programs include:

  • Tutoring by professionals (as opposed to peer-to-peer tutoring)
  • Workshops on study skills and time management
  • Advisors who can talk to professors about a student’s progress or need for accommodations

Rein, Jim. Are there IEPs and 504 Plans in College?  https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/choosing-starting-school/leaving-high-school/are-there-ieps-and-504-plans-in-college  31 August 2016.


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