Disabled Students Programs & Services at College of San Mateo - Developmentally Delayed Learners
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Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Developmentally Delayed Learners

Developmentally delayed learners (DDL) represent a range of students who experience from mildly to severely delayed intellectual functioning. As a result, the student's general ability must be verified, and the related educational limitations of the students' disability must be identified. Students much demonstrate the ability to benefit from the college setting. Once this information is gathered, a certificated DSPS staff member will determine whether a student is qualified, as defined by the American Disabilities Act of 1990, to receive services from DSPS. Once a determination is made, the certificated staff member may recommend services on or off campus.


According to the Title 5 regulations which govern the California Community Colleges, the definition is as follows:

The developmentally delayed learner is a student who exhibits below average intellectual functioning and potential for measurable achievement in educational and employment settings.

Possible Accommodations

  • Alternative testing (extended time, distraction-reduced setting, and/or computer)
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Academic support (referral to tutoring centers)
  • Remedial basic skills courses

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