In general, disability services at UC Berkeley are intended to provide student access to educational programs rather than remediation of the student's disability. For example, extended test time is an accommodation that promotes access by giving the student enough time to demonstrate mastery of course material. Instruction in the phonics method of reading (not offered at DSP) is an example of a service designed to remediate disability.

As part of your comprehensive assessment and evaluation process, your Disability Specialist will determine which services are necessary to assure your full participation in the academic program at UC Berkeley. Some students require program modifications, such as a reduced course load. Some students require auxiliary services, such as notetakers or laboratory assistants. Many students require academic adjustments, or modifications in instructional methods such as electronic textbooks and class handouts, extended time for examinations, or substitution of an essay for a class presentation. In combination, program modifications, auxiliary services, and academic adjustments are often referred to as "academic accommodations."