DSP engages in an interactive process (either through appointment or form) with prospective DSP students to determine an appropriate range of accommodations that facilitate equal access to education. A list of our current services is described below. If you have any questions regarding the services offered, please contact your assigned specialist and they can discuss these options in more detail with you. Other possible services, including ones not listed, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Accommodations are always open to revision and change should that need occur. Thank you!
Scanned, digitized text
Kurzweil text recognition software allows students to listen to and read scanned text, image text, digital files and internet pages.
Previously named Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic or RFB&D, produces accessible audio books for people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disabilities.
Conversion of written materials into Braille for blind students. Located in the UCSB Library's Assistive Technology Center.
Zoomtext is a magnification and screen reading software for the visually impaired. ZoomText enlarges, enhances and reads everything on the computer screen.
Job Access With Speech, is a screen reader developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.
Glean is a web browser application for desktops and laptops that allows students to capture high-quality audio recordings and, in real-time, annotate with labels and text notes.
Peer students in your classes that take notes and upload them into the DSP portal system. Please note that DSP may not be able to hire a note taker for all classes due to note taker availability.
Typed Notes Required
Notes from peer notetakers must be typed rather than handwritten.
Dictation and Transcription Services
Otter.ai Voice Meeting Notes
Otter is transcription software that is available via a computer's web browser or a smartphone app. It can also be used as a dictation tool.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking allows students to dictate documents, search the web and email by using their voice.
Note that test-taking accommodations apply to all exams, quizzes, iClicker questions which are graded, as well as any other timed assessment administered in Gauchospace or other assessment platforms.
Extended time (150% or 200%)
150% Extended time- length of original exam time plus half (3hr final with 150% extended time= 4.5 hours)
200% Extended time- length of original exam time doubled (3hr final with 200% extended time, 6hrs).
The length of extended time may be dependent on the type of exam (multiple-choice, short answer, essay, or problem-solving).
Alternate exam setting
Allows student to test away from classroom setting but student may be grouped with other DSP students in their class. Exam is coordinator by a DSP proctor.
Private exam setting
Allows student to test away from classroom setting but student will not be grouped with other students. Exam is coordinator by a DSP proctor.
A DSP proctor who will write content dictated by DSP student or bubble in scantron answers
Exam trackers assist students with connecting responses from their exam sheet to the intended answers on Scantron and other multiple-choice forms. Due to the nature of this accommodation, it will take place in a private exam setting. Trackers will not write/bubble in responses for DSP student
4 function calculator
DSP issued calculator for exams with use of the following functions: +, -, *, /
DSP issued laptop for exams, internet disabled and password protected
DSP proctor who will read exam prompts to DSP student
A DSP issued a Franklin Spelling Corrector
Modified Exam format
This is a change to the physical format of the exam itself and may include large print, Braille, color overlay, white on black text or another modification to the standard print exam.
A memory aid is a testing accommodation used to support students who have documented challenges with memory. It is a tool used to trigger information that a student has studied but may have difficulty recalling. The memory aid allows the student to demonstrate knowledge of course material by helping prompt the student’s memory, not by providing the answer.
Modified Exam Start Time
Based on disability some students may be able to alter the exam start times.
Modified Exam Setting
You are eligible to have a modification made to the exam environment or conditions during a proctored exam. This may include the use of a standing podium, access to food, breaks for medical treatment, the use of sunglasses, control over lighting preferences or another environmental modification.
Consideration of Health Condition
Based on disability, some students may be able to reschedule exams if they experience a flare of their condition on the day of the exam.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
CART stands for Communication Access Real-time Translation. It may also be referred to as real-time captioning. CART services at UCSB may be provided by a CART captioner located in the classroom or by one who is accessing the course remotely and is located offsite.
American Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) present for all instructional environments, including lectures, labs, field trips and other required course activities, such as attending plays, concerts, public lectures and other events. ASL services at UCSB may be provided by an interpreter located in the classroom.
Assistive Listening Devices
DSP has two types of devices depending on class size. The amplifiers bring sound directly into the ear. They separate the sounds, particularly speech, that a person wants to hear from background noise.
Course Design Accommodations
Course Design Accommodations
Please note these accommodations may require an intake to establish a nexus between the student's disability/functional limitation(s) and the accommodation. DSP must also evaluate whether the accommodation meets the standard of reasonable within the context of your course. As such, these accommodations may require full committee review as well as outreach to your faculty by DSP.
A provision of a type or configuration of furniture specific to the needs of the student's disability.
Consideration of Flexible Attendance
Based on disability some students may be eligible for additional consideration in regard to a faculty’s existing attendance policies. Please note that DSP cannot waive attendance, cannot create a fundamental alteration to a course, and that accommodations are not retroactive. This accommodation is not a waiver nor approval for remote attendance. Students in need of this accommodation should schedule appointments with their assigned specialist as close to the beginning of the quarter as possible.
Consideration of Flexible Participation
Based on disability some students may be eligible for additional consideration in regard to a faculty’s existing participation policies. Please note that DSP cannot waive participation, cannot create a fundamental alteration to a course, and that accommodations are not retroactive. Students in need of this accommodation should schedule appointments with their assigned specialist as close to the beginning of the quarter as possible.
Consideration of Health: Extension of Time on Assignments
Some students may be eligible for additional time on assignments if their disability prevents them from submitting an assignment on time. Please note that syllabi are contracts with faculty, and that all requests for additional time must be approved in advance by DSP and presented to faculty for consideration. DSP cannot mandate additional time as an accommodation after a deadline has passed. Students in need of this accommodation should schedule appointments with their assigned specialist as close to the beginning of the quarter as possible.
Remote Instruction and Access as an Accommodation
Students with significant disabilities that impact classroom attendance may request an accommodation allowing them to attend courses remotely. Students may be asked to submit additional documentation that specifically pertains to remote attendance. If there is no reasonable accommodation that will allow the student to attend class, there will be an accommodation made to allow the student to attend class remotely. Should this accommodation be granted, it is not retroactive for any class periods missed prior to the accommodation being put in place. Further, the accommodation cannot create a fundamental alteration to a course and as such may not be considered reasonable in each class/each quarter. This accommodation is determined on a case-by-case basis, quarter by quarter, course by course basis. Some restrictions may apply- including lab courses, performance-based courses, etc.
In addition to the documentation that establishes eligibility for DSP, students seeking "Remote Instruction and Access as an Accommodation" will need to have their providers include a letter with the content indicated in the following Provider Verification Form: + Provider Verification for RIAA.
Additionally, DSP will require students requesting this accommodation to provide responses to the Student Supplemental Form for Remote Instruction + Access as an Accommodation.
Another option you may wish to consider is the UC Online Program. This program enables UC students to take the same high-quality courses offered on campus but in an online format. Approval for enrollment should be obtained from your academic advisor to ensure that the course you wish to take satisfies the appropriate graduation requirement you need to fill. Each campus has a unique enrollment deadline for these courses so please contact the corresponding campus' registrar's office for information.
ESA on Campus
Based on disability, some students may be approved for the use of an ESA on campus (other than in University housing) as a reasonable academic accommodation and therefore an exception to the Pets on Campus Policy.
The ESA must be able to demonstrate, in-vivo, the ability to follow basic commands including sit, stay, come, leave-it (or their equivalents) so as to ensure the safety of others on campus. The handler must demonstrate care and control of the animal at all times. The handler is also responsible for clean-up, waste disposal, and ensuring that the animal is leashed at all times. The ESA may be barred from entering spaces where the animal is disruptive/destructive, is not permitted from entering due to health/safety issues (e.g., SHS), or when the animal’s presence is contraindicated due to another individual’s documented disability. In some laboratory situations, additional protective gear may need to be worn by the ESA in order to ensure the laboratory safety and contamination protocols are able to be maintained.
Please contact DSP Director Gary White if you are interested in securing the ESA on Campus as an academic accommodation. Please direct all queries regarding ESA's in campus housing to Cristina Martinez at the University and Community Housing Services Office.
Extended time to degree plans
DSP in coordination with Graduate Division as well as providers and/or treatment team may work to create an extended time to degree plan that allows graduate students to maintain good academic standing while taking fewer courses per quarter or taking a longer time to complete program milestones.
Comprehensive exam accommodations
DSP may work with department and faculty to address barriers introduced by some formats of comprehensive exams. DSP will coordinate with student and department to address inclusivity of format and recommend accessible modifications which may include extended time, modified exam format, etc.
If you are having trouble accessing services, please:
Priority registration allows students first pass at enrolling in the classes they want. This service is universally provided for all students enrolled in DSP who have a permanent disability.