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The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides information on additional resources available to students with disabilities.

For more information, view the Disability Resources Brochure Guide (PDF).




Aira, a San Diego-based startup, leverages wearable technology, artificial intelligence and live, human agents, to deliver real-time visual description for people who are blind or have low vision. UC San Diego is the first university to join the Aira Campus Network, offering access to the pioneering accessibility technology to vision impaired members of its entire campus community including students, staff, and faculty.

The Aira Access Card (PDF) can be printed out and distributed as an instructional reminder on how a new user can get set up with Aira.

The Aira Cheat Sheet (PDF) provides basic information on how to get started with Aira and what Aira agents can and cannot do.

Commencement Activities Information

UC San Diego welcomes people with disabilities in our commencement ceremonies and celebrations by providing physical and program accessibility. For specific accommodations, please contact your student's college.



Emergency Preparedness

UC San Diego has emergency evacuation and preparedness plans in place for all campus members.  A service the university offers to students, parents and families is a text-messaging alert system, as well as information availability of the UC San Diego website.  The OSD recommends students and dependents with disabilities sign up for this service and plan for emergency evacuation of classrooms, departments and campus living locations. For more information, see Emergency Preparedness on Blink.



Ride Services





Rentals for Wheelchairs and Crutches

Mobility Source: (619) 234-9505

CVS Pharmacy (Clairemont Dr.): (858) 273-5300

Apria Health Care: (858) 653-6800

All Home: (858) 769-0444


AHEAD 2018 Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Application: 2018 AHEAD Scholarship for Students With Disabilities (DOC) 

Deadline: December 1st, 2018

Complete eligibility and application information is available below. Student scholarships require nomination from a current AHEAD member.

Send application packet to:

AHEAD Scholarship Committee
c/o Jane A. Johnston
Association on Higher Education And Disability
8015 West Kenton Circle
Suite 230
Huntersville, NC 28078 USA


Scholarship applicants will be notified of their award status by January 30, 2019. At least one (1) $1,000 (USD) scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student and at least one (1) $1,000 (USD) scholarship to a graduate student.


Questions can be directed to Stephan Smith at stephan@ahead.org  



California Arts Program


Due dates vary.


Artists in Communities: Up to $18,000 in support for artistic residencies in community settings.

Arts and Public Media: Up to $18,000 in support for nonprofit media projects building public awareness for the arts.

Creative California Communities: Up to $150,000 for two years of support for creative placemaking projects.

Local Impact: Up to $18,000 in support for arts projects in California’s historically marginalized communities.

Reentry Through the Arts: Up to $50,000 in support for arts projects for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Research in the Arts: Up to $50,000 for two years of support for original research on the value and impact of the arts.

Veterans in the Arts: Up to $18,000 in support for art projects to enrich the lives of our veterans and their families.

Arts and Accessibility: Up to $2,000 in support for enhanced opportunities for arts participation by people with disabilities. 
(This program is administered by the National Arts and Disability Center. Applications are submitted on a rolling deadline through December 2018, depending on the availability of funds.)




Orion Fund

Grants for students experiencing a health crisis 




Swim with Mike

Scholarships for studen athletes with physical disabilities