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Student Ability Success Center (SASC) Virtual Operation During COVID-19 Pandemic


 

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SASC Main Contact Information 
Virtual Front Desk
Counseling Appointments for Current SASC Students 
Virtual Test Accommodation Center
Virtual High Tech Center
Virtual TRIO Student Support Services 
WorkAbility IV
Cart Services
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Access
Media Captioning/Audio Description
SDSU Flex FAQs
SASC FAQs 

 

SASC Main Contact Information

Email: sascinfo@sdsu.edu
Phone: (619) 594-6473 (leave a voicemail and a staff member will contact you within 24 business hours)
Fax: (619) 594-4315
All SASC offices will be operating virtually. 

 

Virtual Front Desk


For general SASC information and appointment scheduling.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm
Access the virtual front desk here: https://SDSU.zoom.us/j/94992128921
 

Counseling Appointments for Current SASC Students

 

To schedule a phone/virtual meeting with your SASC counselor, please schedule an appointment through SASC Connect or email your counselor directly (contact information below).

Lynn Gagne
SASC Counselor
lgagne@sdsu.edu


Tina Little
SASC Counselor
tlittle@sdsu.edu


Darah Gerou
SASC Counselor
drgerou@sdsu.edu


Tim Vondersaar
Counseling Intern
tvondersaar@sdsu.edu 

 

Virtual Test Accommodation Center


As the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated shifting our services from our physical facility to an online-based service, our Virtual Test Accommodation Center is available to support you in ensuring your approved accommodations are being made for your exams. 

Please check out our website for steps on how to submit your accommodations to your instructors as well as schedule email reminders for your instructors for each of your exams for the semester:

https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/connect.aspx

If you have any questions, we would be more than happy to assist you. You can reach out to us via email at tac.sasc@sdsu.edu

Peter Vu

Testing Accommodations Coordinator

tac.sasc@sdsu.edu 

 

Virtual High Tech Center


The High Tech Center (HTC) staff is available for phone or Zoom intakes/meetings. We evaluate software/hardware options for your Alternative Media and Assistive Technology accommodations. In addition, HTC staff and student assistants convert instructional materials into various accessible formats, and provide software and hardware training in the use of alternative media and assistive technology.

You can contact the HTC at altmedia.sasc@sdsu.edu

Severino Reyes

Coordinator, HTC/Alternative Media and Assistive Technology

sreyes@sdsu.edu 

 

Virtual TRIO Student Support Services


TRIO is operating virtually. Students may contact the appropriate staff member via email for assistance in tutoring or advising. Additionally, TRIO will host virtual events and workshops such as TRIO Chat, which is a virtual meeting held every Wednesday from 1 - 2 PM, where TRIO participants can join us on Zoom to ask questions or express any concerns to TRIO staff and mentors, and participate in TRIO staff/ mentor led workshops. TRIO participants may access the Zoom link for TRIO Chat via their Blackboard account. Lastly, TRIO mentoring is available. TRIO participants may contact their mentor via email.

Teresa Spoulos, Ed.D.
TRIO-SSS Project Director
tspoulos@sdsu.edu
 
Mariela Melendrez Rodriguez
TRIO-SSS Project Advisor
mbmelendrez@sdsu.edu
 
Steve Haslem
TRIO-SSS Tutor Coordinator
shaslem@sdsu.edu 

 

WorkAbility IV


WorkAbility IV (WAIV) staff will be working virtually until further notice. Please contact us at waiv.sasc@sdsu.edu if we can help in any way!

Completing a degree is only one step in the launching of your career.  Identifying your career goal and choosing a major, getting and completing an internship, establishing contacts in your field, and obtaining a professional level position all takes careful planning and consideration. WorkAbility IV offers individual appointments (currently via zoom or phone) with a WAIV counselor, while working on your degree and also after graduation, to guide you along your journey!  Please visit our website to learn more or contact Shannon Williams-Morris to apply for WorkAbility IV:  https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/employment.aspx

Shannon Williams-Morris
WAIV Program Assistant
shannonw@sdsu.edu  

 

Cart Services


Mobility services are available for in-person courses only, as needed for students registered with SASC who are approved for cart services .

To set up a pick-up/drop-off schedule, please email Tracy Tanga. 

Tracy Tanga
Special Services Coordinator
fox123@sdsu.edu  

 

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Access


SASC continues to provide ASL interpreting and real-time captioning for in-person courses as well as for online courses. SDSU event programmers and coordinators may also request these services to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing attendees. To request services, please complete the following form for each course/event: https://forms.gle/u12zCtvCSr7gMB7n8 

Amber Graves
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Access Coordinator for ASL interpreting
sascinterpreting@sdsu.edu

Jennifer Clifford
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Access Coordinator for real-time captioning
sasc.rtc@sdsu.edu


Media captioning/audio description


Media captioning and audio descriptions will continue to be processed for SASC students who are approved for this accommodation.

SASC also works with SDSU departments to caption or audio-describe videos for University-wide events. For those situations, the turn-around time is generally 7-10 business days from the date that the request is placed, but depending on the length of the media, this may take more time.

Elizabeth Crosthwaite and Mark Cervantes
Accommodations Specialists for Media Accessibility
video.captioning.sasc@sdsu.edu 

 

SDSU Flex Frequently Asked Questions

I am enrolled in Fall 2021 in-person course(s) but I am unable to attend due to my disability. Can I attend the course(s) virtually? 

 No. Students enrolled in face-to-face courses for Fall 2021 are expected to attend class in person. Students who are unable to attend in-person courses are to identify any appropriate classes applicable to their general education and major requirements that are offered online and may seek assistance from their academic advisor(s). 

Students who need accommodations for in-person courses based on their own verifiable disability and/or medical-related need should obtain documentation from their health provider that specifically indicates risk in attending in-person courses and/or guidance of protective measures for in-person instruction. Students already registered with SASC must send the new documentation to SASCinfo@sdsu.edu and schedule an appointment with their SASC counselor to discuss changes to existing accommodations. Students who are not yet registered with SASC should complete the SASC application process along with the new documentation referenced above.

To learn more about SDSU’s repopulation plans for Fall 2021, visit the SDSU Flex site.


I am uncomfortable attending in-person classes for a specific reason, or I have household members who are immunocompromised and are still at high risk of health complications despite the availability of COVID-19 vaccines. What options do I have if I do not want to attend in-person courses?

Students who cannot attend in-person courses can either enroll in online courses only or determine if taking a leave of absence for one or up to four semesters is the best course of action given their current circumstances. The Student Ability Success Center (SASC) can only provide academic accommodations for students who have verifiable and documented disabilities themselves. 

 

 SASC Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for services if SASC is operating virtually?

In order to become eligible to receive academic accommodations students must register for services with our office, Student Ability Success Center (SASC).

The SASC application process requires that you submit a SASC Application form and Disability Verification form and/or documentation verifying a diagnosis. You can find these forms on our webpage: https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/apply.aspx?

The Application for Services may also be completed online through SASC’s online accommodations portal, SASC Connect. The SASC Connect application form will require new applicants to upload disability verification with the application.

Physical forms/documents can be emailed to sascinfo@sdsu.edu (preferably in Word or PDF format), or faxed to 619-594-4315

 

How do I submit paperwork to SASC?

Completed forms/documents can be emailed to sascinfo@sdsu.edu (preferably in Word or PDF format), or faxed to 619-594-4315.

Our mail is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please refrain from mailing any documentation to our office as we will not receive it in a timely manner.


How do I get my accommodation letters and send them to my instructors?

Accommodation letters can be downloaded directly from SASC Connect once the Self Registration procedures are completed for each course. Please keep in mind that courses will not appear in SASC Connect until the semester has begun (typically a few days prior to the first day of classes).

Once accommodations are approved for each course, the accommodation letters will be available for viewing by your instructors. They will receive an automated email instructing them to log in to SASC Connect to view each letter. 

 

How do I submit a Housing accommodation request or a request to cancel my Housing contract?

In order to be considered for housing accommodations students must register for services with our office, Student Ability Success Center (SASC).

The SASC application process requires that you submit a SASC Application form and Disability Verification form and/or documentation verifying a diagnosis. You can find these forms on our webpage here: https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/apply.aspx?

Completed forms/documents can be emailed to sascinfo@sdsu.edu

After you have submitted your SASC Application you will also need to submit a Housing Accommodation Request form in order to initiate your request for housing accommodations or contract release.

You can also visit the following webpage for more information about housing contract cancellations: https://housing.sdsu.edu/campus_living/license_agreement/cancellation.aspx 

 

Last updated: 6/24/2021