Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS)

CI Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) staff adheres to the highest principles of ethical behavior. We strive to ensure the fair, objective and impartial treatment of all persons. We recognize the valuable diversity our students with disabilities bring to our University. We accept the disability and focus on individual ability, strength and self-advocacy.

  • Vacant

    Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS)

    • Serves as lead administrator, providing vision, planning, and implementation of the DASS program for students with disabilities.

    • Collaborates with faculty and staff to promote equity and support the academic success of our students.

  • Valeri Cirino-Paez, M.S.

    Associate Director
    Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS)
    View Valeri Cirino-Paez's Bio
    • Serves as the primary point of contact and administration for overall DASS departmental operations
    • Assists students with resolving equity and accessibility concerns/grievance
    • Provides students with disability related counseling and campus/community resources
    • Serves as the DASS campus and community liaison
    • Faculty point of contact for ADA consultation and training pertaining to student accommodations
  • Ramon Chavez DASS Counselor

    Ramon Chavez, MSW

    DASS Counselor

    • Provides academic accommodations for DASS students to ensure accessibly & equality
    • Counsels DASS students in 1:1 sessions on how to use their accommodations
    • Refers DASS students to proper resources on campus.
  • Vacant

    DASS Counselor

    • Provides in-person and virtual counseling to new and returning students with disabilities
    • Reviews and evaluates documentation to determine eligibility and reasonable disability-related accommodations
    • Assists students with academic success strategies including study skills, organization, time management, and self-advocacy
    • Participates in community outreach and recruitment efforts
    • Facilitates a variety of workshops/trainings to students, faculty, staff and community members
  • Vacant

    DASS Analyst

    • Provides a full range of high-level support functions & oversees day-to-day administrative operations of DASS programs & services.
    • Responsible for coordinating alternative testing services.
  • Vacant

    DASS Notetaking Assistant

    • Serves as the direct point of contact and facilitator of contracted digital note taking services including monitoring and extracting student and course information from DASS on-line student portal.
    • Provides complete oversight and coordination for peer and contracted note taking accommodation services.

Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) Student Assistants

  • Bridget Janzen '23

    Major(s): Health Science

    Lead DASS Student Assistant

  • Jacqueline Ramos, '23

    Major(s): Psychology

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Elizabeth Alvarez, '23

    Major(s): Nursing

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Marisa Gonzales '23

    Major(s): Psychology

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Robert Mejia '23

    Major(s): Psychology

    DASS Student Assistant

Other Supporting Staff

  • Vacant

    Alternative Media Specialist

    • Coordinates the Alternative Media Program
    • Supervises the Alternative Media production team
    • Provides campus alternative media and accessibility outreach
    • Provides assistive technology training and support for students
  • Jerry Garcia

    Assistive Technology Specialist/Information Technology Consultant
    View Jerry Garcia's Bio
    • Provides assistive technology training for students
    • Provides assistive technology software and hardware support
    • Accessibility evaluation and remediation
    • Provides accessibility training for faculty and staff
    • Member of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) committee
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