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.

  • 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
    valeri.cirino-paez@csuci.edu
  • Talar Touloumdjian, M.S.

    Coordinator of Disability Resource Special Programs
    View Talar Touloumdjian's Bio
    • 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
    • Coordinates the Promoting Independence and Educational Resources (PIER) mentor program
    • Participates in community outreach and recruitment efforts
    • Facilitates a variety of workshops/trainings to students, faculty, staff and community members
    talar.touloumdjian@csuci.edu
  • Cynthia Cuevas, B.A.

    Administrative Assistant for Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS)
    View Cynthia Cuevas's Bio
    • Oversees day to day operations and student staff
    • Provides information about DASS services
    • Coordinates Alternative Testing and Note Taking Services
    • Accepts housing disability accommodations applications
    • Processes priority registration
    • Faculty point of contact for Alternative Testing and general DASS information
    • Assists with campus outreach
    cynthia.cuevas441@csuci.edu

Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) Student Assistants

  • Madison Goias, ’21

    Major(s): Art

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Selena Lainez, ’19

    Major(s): Psychology & Chicano Studies

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Alyssa Connaughton, '20

    Major(s): Environmental Science Resource Management

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Victoria Ater, ’22

    Major(s): Business

    DASS Student Assistant

  • Corinne Amador, '21

    Major(s): Psychology

    DASS Student Assistant

Information Technology Services Staff Supporting DASS

  • Emily Smith

    Alternative Media Specialist
    View Emily Smith's Bio
    • 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
    emily.smith@csuci.edu
  • Jerry Garcia

    Assistive Technology Specialist
    View Jerry Garcia's Bio
    • Manages and oversees all aspects of the Alternative Media Program
    • 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
    jerry.garcia@csuci.edu