Community-Based Disabled Students Program

Our Mission:
What classes are offered?

art appreciation
community resources
creative writing
educational seminar
health issues
literature and poetry
lip reading
social skills
verbal expression
word processing
world news
changing generation
creative self expression
current events
drawing and painting
geriatric exercises
job skills seminar
life development
music & movement
social change
transitional skills
vocational goals
work adjustment
world travel

Responding to diverse community needs, the Community-Based Disabled Students Program exists, through innovative and comprehensive educational programs, to provide lifetime opportunities for continued growth, development, and involvement which enhance the quality of life of students with disabilities.

We implement our mission by:
  • providing access to educational opportunities through academic programs offered at community-based sites
  • providing access to educational opportunities through vocational programs offered at community-based sites
  • offering classes to develop the maximum cognitive, physical, emotional and social potential of the individual
  • developing and upgrading job skills to meet the demands of competitive employment
  • providing an opportunity to learn skills to overcome specific limitations to achieve the highest level of independence

The Community-Based Disabled Students Program takes the resources of Foothill's Disability Resource Center to disabled adults and veterans in the community at independent living centers, community senior centers and VA hospitals in the northern Santa Clara County area. The program promotes the physical, intellectual and social well-being of the older adult. Staying active and involved in community life is encouraged. To accomplish this goal, instruction and classroom activities are planned to meet student needs and interests. All classes are tailored to the capabilities of disabled adults.

Who are our students?

Our students may be adults from the community in the age range of 55-95 years old or disabled veterans who are in-patients or out-patients at the local Veterans Administration Medical Center in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

The students' disabilities are often multiple and range from strokes, heart conditions, arthritis and diabetes to mobility, visual and hearing impairments. Additional disabilities may include brain and/or spine injury, orthopedic and psychological disabilities.

Where do classes meet?

* Please call the numbers listed for directions to sites only. Call the phone numbers in the next section below to receive information about specific classes.

  • Cupertino:
    The Forum (650) 969-0900
  • Los Altos:
    Bridgepoint (650) 948-7337
    Terrace of Los Altos (650) 948-8291
  • Menlo Park:
    Next Step Program (650) 566-0240
    Menlo Park Onetta Harris (650) 856-7183
  • Mountain View:
    Mountain View Senior Center (650) 903-6330
    Senior Day Health Program (650) 289-5491
  • Palo Alto:
    Avenidas (650) 326-5362
    Channing House (650) 324-7503 or (650) 324-7572
    East Palo Alto Senior Center (650) 329-5900
    Lytton Gardens (650) 617-7341
    Oak Creek Apartments (650) 321-1701
    Palo Alto Commons (650) 494-0760
  • Redwood City:
    Family Service Fair Oaks Center (650) 780-7525
  • Sunnyvale
    Sunnyvale Senior Center (408) 730-7360
    Retirement Inn of Sunnyvale Atria (408) 738-3410
How do I get more information?

For more information, please call Teresa Ong at (650) 949-7549 or

Mailing address:

Disability Resource Center
Community-Based DSP
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599

Foothill College is accessible by public transportation. For route information contact:

Santa Clara County Transit (408) 321-2300 or
(800) 894-9908
TDD for hearing impaired (408) 321-2330

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