The Disabled Students Program is here to help you succeed. Click on the link below to learn how to get started with our program.
Become an Access Ambassador!
Learn more about our new Access Ambassador position and help connect Remote Instruction DSP Students with their course content. Check our events page for info sessions and details.
Face Mask Exemption Request Procedure
Are you a student who thinks you might qualify for an exemption to this Fall's face mask requirement due to a disability? Find out more about potential face mask exemptions here.
Virtual Drop-In Hours
Our DSP staff is excited to speak with you and answer your questions! Staff will have their Zoom windows open during the hours noted below (excluding holidays). Just click on their corresponding Zoom link to join their session.
You are welcome to visit with any of the Specialists noted below. However, if you have sensitive or private information that you want to keep confidential, we invite you to schedule a check-in appointment with your assigned Specialist to have a window of time set aside for you. Your assigned Specialist is noted on the DSP Services Portal on the Applications tab. You can send your Specialist an email or phone call and let them know the days/times that work best for your schedule.
Please note: When you sign into Zoom during drop-in hours, you will initially be placed in a waiting room. We will admit you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that more than one student may be simultaneously present during virtual drop-in hours.
Message from the Director
Welcome to UCSB!
For new and returning students, you have made a great choice to enroll in one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country. The focus of the Disabled Students Program (DSP)’s mission is to ensure full participation and equal access to all educational activities and classes at UCSB, and to facilitate student success for students with disabilities.
About The Disabled Students Program
Each year temporarily and permanently disabled students attend classes at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They are attracted by the university's academic reputation, moderate weather conditions, and excellent physical accessibility offered here. The lay of the land is flat and free from environmental barriers and most physical structures are accessible. In addition, the UCSB campus provides excellent barrier free, modified, residential facilities to those students seeking to live on campus.
Providing academic accommodations to students with disabilities is a shared responsibility of the campus. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the Disabled Students Program (DSP) is aware of their disabilities and for providing DSP with appropriate documentation. DSP is located at 2120 Student Resource Building and serves as the campus liaison regarding issues and regulations related to students with disabilities. The DSP staff works in an advisory capacity with a variety of campus departments to ensure that equal access is provided to all disabled students.
Students with disabilities attending UCSB can be assured of receiving the same core support academic services offered throughout the University of California's System-wide chain of campuses.
Equity Building Considerations
Dear Campus Community,
At this time we are reaching out to you with concerns in relation to mounting stressors in relation to COVID-19, as well as the undeniable systemic inequalities pervasive in our institutions.
These include, but are not limited to: systems of justice, education & learning, and health-related disparity outcomes, as well as economic disparities that heighten and exacerbate one’s ability to engage and have access to support systems that help build community, resilience and enhance outcomes across the systems our students navigate on a daily basis.
We are asking for consideration of the well-being of all of our students in light of the collective challenges which are becoming even more impactful to all students, regardless of disability status.
As such, we are presenting methods and strategies to facilitate building short-term, compassion-based, equity-oriented solutions, as well as long-term considerations for inclusive curriculum design that may not only decrease the need for accommodations but will also work to ensure that all students have access to educational infrastructures as a way of dismantling systemic inequities in higher education.
We respectfully ask for your active engagement and participation in mindfully imagining how we all might improve upon the ways in which we support our students.
Please consider our suggestions on implementing social justice strategies within the classroom.