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Update on UC San Diego's Accessibility Efforts

UC San Diego continually strives to understand issues affecting individuals with disabilities and to improve the infrastructure that serves people with disabilities. In Winter 2021, UC San Diego initiated an external review of access and inclusion for students with disabilities. Due to the pandemic, the review, which was completed by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), was conducted virtually. It should be noted that a review of Health Sciences, including the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is in the process of being conducted separately.

The purpose of this page is to provide the community with an update on the work that has been conducted in the past two years, and to provide a roadmap for the future. We will be working with Associated Students (AS), Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), Staff Association, and Academic Senate to review and address the identified recommendations provided by AHEAD.

We acknowledge the recommendations made by AHEAD and value the opportunity to continuously improve access and inclusion for students, staff and faculty with disabilities at UC San Diego.

The following section details the current progress of campus accessibility using the AHEAD recommendations as a guide. Regular updates will be provided quarterly.

Please refer to the AHEAD Report (Word Document) for the detailed recommendations.

You may review the Summer 2023 update for previously shared updates.

Fall 2023 Update

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

Accommodations Process: In alignment with AHEAD's guidance on documentation and practices, OSD continues to refine its processes for determining accommodations. The OSD is continuing to work with Information Technology Services (ITS) to update the OSD student portal so that, when appropriate, eligible students may receive accommodations each quarter through a streamlined process. Please review the Summer 2023 update for previously shared updates and information regarding this recommendation.

OSD Staffing and Organizational Structure: The OSD is actively recruiting two roles for Disability Specialist and Assistant Director.

Disability Counseling and Consulting (DCC)

DCC Staffing and Organizational Structure: The DCC and Human Resources are actively recruiting and hiring for the open position of Director, Disability Services and ADA Officer. The DCC also welcomes Eiffel Yap as a Disability Counselor. Eiffel has joined Debra Swart to help support campus needs.

Campus Accessibility: Facilities, Technology, Culture

Electronic Accessibility: The Website Standards Committee was formed in 2023 and is working on several initiatives including information on website accessibility. The committee has released a Digital Accessibility Concern form for campus, which will help the university identify accessibility concerns on campus websites, in email campaigns and in other digital environments. A link to the form was recently published to the footer of all Campus CMS websites

This page is updated as of October 6, 2023

If you have any comments related to this report, they may be submitted on the comment form.