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Exploring Abilities and Transforming Lives Since 1974


“Every two seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke. Every six, someone’s quality of life will forever be changed,”
—World Health Organization (WHO)


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  • Call 831-477-3300 to find out how the Stroke and Disability Learning Center can help you meet your learning goals. Schedule a visit and get information about how to enroll.


Since 1974, the Stroke and Disability Learning Center (SDLC) has provided an interdisciplinary educational program for adults who have survived a stroke or are living with disabling conditions. The SDLC is a unique program at Cabrillo College that starts where medical rehabilitation leaves off. Patients become students and enroll in specialized classes to develop strategies and gain skills in a supportive learning community.

The goal of the SDLC is to support independence and promote maximum function for adults adapting to functional losses. Students participate in small-group instruction in Mobility and Fitness, Speech and Communication and Counseling Support. Classes are designed to meet the learning needs of each individual student, taking into account a wide range of disabilities and offering personalized assessment to identify individual learning goals.




“I was shocked to see that even those in their early 20s had strokes and were recovering from them. In fact, strokes can occur at any age, to people of all races, of all sizes, of any ethnicity and of course of any gender.”

The Stroke Center is here for you!

Contact Information
Stroke & Disability Learning Center (Special Education)
Director: Cynthia FitzGerald PhD
Center Phone 831.477.3300
Location: HW1000
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