The support services provided by the OSD are listed and described
below. Eligibility for a specific service is determined by a review of the
documentation provided during a meeting with an OSD Disability Specialist.
Service Guidelines have been included where available.
- Provided for students with a wide variety of disabilities. There are
three approaches to this service. The one selected for a particular
student will be determined on verified need after a meeting with the
appropriate OSD Disability Specialist and a discussion with the
Auxiliary Services Coordinator.
- Provided for students with a variety of disabilities. Test-taking
accommodations are determined based on verified need after a meeting
the appropriate OSD Disability Specialist. Accommodations are tailored
to the student's specific disability-based need. Professors are
notified of the accommodation request through a letter from the OSD
Disability Specialist, the student meeting with the professor/TA and
an e-mail from the OSD Proctoring Service.
- Provided primarily for students with learning disabilities, visual
impairments or disabilities impacting manual dexterity. This service
involves the conversion of information from any format into any other
format (tape to transcript, text to Braille, handwriting to typed,
- Alternative Format
- Provided mainly for students with visual or learning disabilities.
Reading may be done live or onto a tape. Scanning involves using a
computer to scan the material and convert it to a word processing
program which can, in turn convert to Braille, large print or a speech
synthesized reading program.
- Provided almost exclusively for hearing impaired and deaf students
but occasionally for other disabilities as well. Interpreting is done
by a team of interpreters (2 per hour) who relieve each other at
pre-determined intervals and help each other with sign vocabulary if
one of them gets stuck. Their role is to translate or interpret what
the teacher or classmates are saying into the sign language system
preferred by the student receiving the service. Captioning provides a
verbatim transcript of a lecture which can be reviewed by the student
or converted into Braille, large print, or scanned for a speech
synthesized reading program.
- Interpreting/Captioning Guidelines
- On Campus Van Service
- Provided to students with a variety of disabilities, which impact
the student's ability to traverse the campus. Van service is
provided from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Limited
service, for academic classes, is available on weekends and
- Disability Parking
- Provided to students based on a documented functional disability.
Students with a disability or medical condition must present
professional verification to the OSD where our Mobility Assistance
Coordinator, Ed McCloskey, will evaluate appropriate parking.
Students with Department of Motor Vehicle Placards/Plates need to
present the receipt of the state-issued placard/plate to the OSD.
Students who do not have placards/plates may be eligible for up to
one year of parking based on their documented need. Should their
disability-based need continue beyond one year, students are
required to obtain a DMV placard or plate. Please call the OSD at
(310) 825-1501 to arrange for an appointment.
- Campus Orientation
- Students with visual impairments or learning disabilities may
request a campus orientation and mobility session with the Mobility
Assistance Coordinator. The student will learn to traverse the
campus as they would during a regular day - going from the classroom
to labs, lecture halls, or bus stops.
- Priority Enrollment/Registration Assistance
- Undergraduate students with disability-based needs that impact their
ability to get from class to class quickly, students who need to
arrange for service providers, students who must take a reduced load,
students who cannot attend classes during certain parts of the day,
etc. may be entitled to priority enrollment. Again, this service is
based on disability need as described in the verification of
disability. Students requiring registration assistance can call or
come in to see Ed to make arrangements.
- Adaptive Equipment
- The office maintains many adaptive aids and equipment. These aids
include wheelchairs, adaptive computer equipment/software, 4-track
tape recorders and more. A student must have a documented need and
training to use this equipment. Some of the equipment is available to
be checked out by students.
- Other Services
- Other services offered by the OSD include Housing Appeals, Tutorial
Referrals, Disability Management Counseling and Information and
Referral among others. If you want or need information about support
services, please contact the OSD.