To request and use accommodations, you must have an Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP)
that outlines your authorized accommodations. Visit our Apply to DSPS page if you have not registered with the DSPS.
As a DSPS Student it is your responsibility to be familiar with your accommodations
and to request them each semester using the process outlined below. To use your accommodations, you must first send your instructors a faculty notification
letter via AIM. If you are already familiar with how to send faculty notification letters and request
accommodations, you can proceed to the DSPS Online Portal (AIM).
Click on the button below to access the DSPS Online Portal (AIM):
Select Student Sign-In and, if prompted, sign into your myCuesta account:
Once in AIM, scroll down, all your classes will be listed to be able to select which
classes you want notetaking accommodations for.
If you don’t see your classes right away, you may have a form to read and sign before
your classes will be shown.
Click on your classes and select the notetaking accommodation and any other accommodations
you would like to use for each class then click submit.
Your requests have been received and we will send a letter to your instructor requesting
them to announce in class that we are looking for a notetaker to share their notes
with another student in class.
Please use the following guidelines if you would like to use your testing accommodations
in an online class:
You must send the faculty notification letter via AIM. This is how your instructor will know you want to use your accommodations.
Be sure to check Testing Accommodations box before sending.
Contact your instructor via e-mail or canvas to be sure they received and read the
If tests will be proctored, the instructor will be doing that using Zoom or other
platform used for the class.
If you have questions about how your instructor will be handling tests, please contact
them asap. Let us know if you need assistance.
Extended time is the most commonly used accommodation. Kurzweil may be used if you
have reader as a testing accommodation. Please make sure you communicate with your
instructor leading up to the exam as they may have to take steps to ensure you have
access to your accommodations.
Always confirm your test time has been extended before starting a test/quiz! Notify
your instructor immediately if the time is incorrect - only they can fix it.
Contact DSPS if there are questions about testing accommodations and/or issues communicating
If an instructor is unable to provide your testing accommodations as part of their
in-person classes, exams can be proctored by DSPS at their Alternative Testing Centers
on the SLO and North County Campuses.
In order to ensure that student accommodations and instructors' exam requirements
are met for DSPS proctored exams, students will need to work closely with their instructor
to determine a suitable exam schedule, including for times when DSPS Testing Center
hours do not overlap with the class schedule.