It is the desire and intent of the Legislature that, as appropriate for each postsecondary segment, funds for disabled student programs and services be based on the following three categories of costs:
(a) Fixed costs associated with the ongoing administration and operation of the services and programs. These fixed costs are basic ongoing administrative and operational costs of campus programs that are relatively consistent in frequency from year-to-year, such as:
(1) Access to, and arrangements for, adaptive educational equipment, materials, and supplies required by disabled students.
(2) Job placement and development services related to the transition from school to employment.
(3) Liaisons with campus and community agencies, including referral and followup services to these agencies on behalf of disabled students.
(4) On-campus and off-campus registration assistance, including priority enrollment, applications for financial aid, and related college services.
(5) Special parking, including on-campus parking registration, temporary parking permit arrangements, and application assistance for students who do not have state handicapped placards or license plates.
(6) Supplemental specialized orientation to acquaint students with the campus environment.
(7) Activities to coordinate and administer specialized services and instruction.
(8) Activities to assess the planning, implementation, and effectiveness of disabled student services and programs.
The baseline cost of these services shall be determined by the respective system and fully funded with annual adjustments for inflation and salary range changes, to the extent funds are provided.
(b) Continuing variable costs that fluctuate with changes in the number of students or the unit load of students. These continuing variable costs are costs for services that vary in frequency depending on the needs of students, such as the following:
(1) Diagnostic assessment, including both individual and group assessment not otherwise provided by the institution to determine functional, educational, or employment levels or to certify specific disabilities.
(2) On-campus mobility assistance, including mobility training and orientation and manual or automatic transportation assistance to and from college courses and related educational activities.
(3) Off-campus transportation assistance, including transporting students with disabilities to and from the campus in areas where accessible public transportation is unavailable, inadequate, or both.
(4) Disability-related counseling and advising, including specialized academic, vocational, personal, and peer counseling, that is developed specifically for disabled students and not duplicated by regular counseling and advising services available to all students.
(5) Interpreter services, including manual and oral interpreting for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
(6) Reader services to coordinate and provide access to information required for equitable academic participation if this access is unavailable in other suitable modes.
(7) Services to facilitate the repair of equipment and learning assistance devices.
(8) Special class instruction that does not duplicate existing college courses but is necessary to meet the unique educational needs of particular groups of disabled students.
(9) Speech services, provided by licensed speech or language pathologists for students with verified speech disabilities.
(10) Test taking facilitation, including adapting tests for and proctoring test taking by, disabled students.
(11) Transcription services, including, but not limited to, the provision of Braille and print materials.
(12) Specialized tutoring services not otherwise provided by the institution.
(13) Notetaker services for writing, notetaking, and manual manipulation for classroom and related academic activities.
State funds may be provided annually for the cost of these services on an actual-cost basis, including wages for the individuals providing these services and expenses for attendant supplies. Each institution shall be responsible for documenting its costs to the appropriate state agencies.
(c) One-time variable costs associated with the purchase or replacement of equipment. One-time variable costs are one-time expenditures for the purchase of supplies or the repair of equipment, such as adapted educational materials and vehicles. State funds shall be provided for these expenses on an actual cost basis as documented by each institution.
(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 54.)