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Program Philosophy

Irvine Valley College’s DSP&S program embraces the philosophy of total integration of instructional programs and students with disabilities into the fiber of the community college system.

The program was conceived with the goal that all educational courses and services would focus on promoting student integration. The college’s organizational structure has successfully de-centralized (integrated) all special instructional courses into discipline specific divisions.

This philosophical approach minimized putting the disabled student program into an isolated silo which had little or no college- wide investment and/or curriculum specific ownership. This approach has been very successful in expanding the number of stake holders throughout the college community that have a vested interest in seeing students with educational limitations become successful members of their department/division.

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