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UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
The Office for Students with Disabilities is a campus resource that provides educational support services and programmatic access to regularly enrolled students with verifiable permanent and temporary disabilities and provides information to the campus community about services to students with disabilities. The philosophy and mission of the office is to encourage independence, assist students in realizing their academic potential and to facilitate the elimination of physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers.
The Office for Students with Disabilities at UCLA provides students with disabilities academic support services in accordance with federal and state legal requirements and University policy. All academic support services are provided free of charge. To receive services students must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities and provide documentation of their disability.
This brochure is available in alternative formats upon request.
Learning Disabilities Program
Students with learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and psychological disabilities may receive services according to the student's documented needs. Services include: disability-related counseling with a learning disabilities specialist, Printed materials in alternative format, extended time for tests, notetakers, adaptive technology, tutorial referral, support groups, learning skills workshops and peer mentor opportunities.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Services Program
In order to participate fully in university classes and activities, students may receive Sign Language interpreters, notetakers, real-time captioning, assistive listening devices, disability related counseling and tutorial referral.
Mobility Assistance Program
On-campus van service is available for students with permanent and temporary disabilities needing assistance in traveling around campus and to adjacent residences. Limited evening and weekend van service is also available to qualified students. Disability parking is available on campus. Orientation and Mobility assistance can be provided as requested.
Services are provided in accordance with the specific needs of the student based on documentation of disability.
- Adaptive Equipment
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Campus Orientation
- Campus Van Service
- Computer Lab
- Computer Technology
- Disability Counseling
- Disability Parking
- Housing Assistance
- Mobility Assistance
- Peer Mentoring
- Priority Enrollment
- Alternative Format
- Real-time Captioning
- Registration Assistance
- Special Materials
- Support Groups
- Test Proctoring
- Tutorial Referral
The notetaker service is available for students unable to take notes in class due to their disability. Notes can be provided through ASUCLA Lecture Notes or from a classmate.
A student with a disability may need alternatives to standard print material, such as e-text, Braille, audio-tape, large print or raised-line drawings. Qualifying students may have their assigned texts and other required readings converted to a modified format.
Proctoring and Alternative Testing
The Office for Students with Disabilities works with individual students and faculty on an as-requested basis to ensure that appropriate test-taking conditions are available for students who require alternative test-taking accommodations as a result of their specific disabilities.
Priority enrollment can be provided for continuing undergraduate students. Graduate students normally enroll in classes through their departments.
A collection of up-to-date adaptive equipment and assistive computer technology is available for student use including: scanners, Visual-Tek, voice-synthesizers, Braille printer, Braille display and other equipment.
All students are encouraged to attend either the UCLA freshman, transfer or graduate student orientation where they will learn about the campus, meet other students, receive academic information and become familiar with the numerous services available at the University. Students are oriented to the OSD each fall by attending a reception where they can see the OSD, meet the staff, learn about services, and meet other students.
Other Campus Resources
Disabilities and Computing Program (DCP)
The DCP provides training on adaptive computer technology to enhance independence and productivity. Reading assistance software, voice recognition programs, screen magnification, voice synthesis, Braille displays and printers, and other current technologies are available. DCP clients can use the walk-in lab in Math Sciences 4919 and arrange short term loans of equipment. Contact the DCP at (310) 206-7133, (310) 206-5155 tty, or www.dcp.ucla.edu.
UCLA Disability Access Web
At UCLA there are a number of departments and programs that provide information and services to people with disabilities. This site provides a comprehensive "table of contents" so that the information and services that you are interested in can be located quickly. www.accessweb.ucla.edu
The UCLA Catalog
The UCLA catalog describes all academic programs and degrees offered at UCLA and is available through the student bookstore at (310) 825-6064, or www.registrar.ucla.edu/catalog.
Applications for Admission
Applications for undergraduate admission to UCLA can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office at (310) 825-3101 or www.admissions.ucla.edu. For graduate admissions call the specific academic department. For UCLA General Information call (310) 825-4321.
Tours of the campus can be arranged by calling (310) 825-8764 or through www.admissions.ucla.edu/tours.
Housing is available on campus in residence halls and off-campus in nearby private and university-owned apartments. Contact Housing Assignments at (310) 825-4271, or www.housing.ucla.edu. Students having needs due to their disability or medical condition, may appeal housing assignments through the Disabled Student Housing Appeals Board. Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities.
Disabled Student Union
This student organization offers peer support and plans programs and events aimed at raising the Campus awareness about disability-related issues www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/dsunion.
UCLA Committee on Disability (UCOD)
The UCOD advises the Campus on how to create and maintain a more accessible campus environment. Contact the ADA & 504 Compliance Office (310) 825-2242 (voice), (310) 206-3349 (tty) or www.ucod.ucla.edu.
For additional information contact:
University of California, Los Angeles
Office for Students with Disabilities
A-255 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1426
(310) 825-1501 (voice)
(310) 206-6083 (tty)
(310) 825-9656 (fax)