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Services & Support

Community-Based Program

Our 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.

Serving Older Adults and Veterans with Disabilities

Our students range in the age of 55-95 years old or are 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.

The program promotes the physical, intellectual and social well-being of these adults, by helping them to stay active and involved in community life.

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.

Types of Classes

We Offer a Range of Classes to Fit Needs & Interests

  • art appreciation
  • crafts
  • creative writing
  • educational seminar
  • health issues
  • literature and poetry
  • lip reading
  • relaxation techniques
  • social skills
  • verbal expression
  • creative self expression
  • current events
  • drawing and painting
  • music appreciation
  • social change
  • world travel


Class Locations

* 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
Half Moon Bay: Coastside Adult Health Center (650) 726-5067
Los Altos:

Bridgepoint (650) 948-7337

Menlo Park:

Menlo Park Senior Center (650) 330-2280
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

Palo Alto Commons (650) 494-0760
Redwood City:

Family Service Fair Oaks Center (650) 780-7500


Sunnyvale Senior Center (408) 730-7360
Retirement Inn of Sunnyvale Atria (408) 738-3410

For More Information

Please contact Jackie Lauese at 650.949.7103 or email

Mailing address:
Disability Resource Center
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599


Our Mission

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


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Visit Us!

Disability Resource Center Front Desk


Questions? Who to Contact

Student Resource Center Building 5400

Winter 2019 Course Request


All Spring Classes Delivered Virtually

Spring starts April 13. All classes will be delivered virtually.

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All Spring Classes Delivered Virtually