APPLICATIONS FOR DSP’S STUDENT TECHNOLOGY GRANT WILL OPEN ON monday, SEPTEMBER 11th

The fall 2017 grant cycle will remain open until friday, october 27Th 

please read this page carefully before applying.

The link to the online application can be found at the bottom of this page

Purpose

Only DSP enrolled students with disabilities who have a financial need may apply for this DSP Student Technology Grant. The intent of this DSP Student Technology Grant is to recognize the unique needs of students with disabilities for assistive technology that improves access to instructional and research materials. This DSP Student Technology Grant program is not a legally mandated accommodation. It is a grant or gift dedicated to helping you support your needs for personal technology software.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a DSP Student Grant, you must:

  • Be a currently registered and matriculating DSP enrolled student with all fees paid who is eligible for Student Financial Aid, has filed a FAFSA, and has financial need.
  • Have in your DSP letter of accommodation, an academic accommodation that would benefit from the technology being requested. Typical accommodations that may benefit from assistive technology are DSP alternative media and note taking services.
  • If they are available to you, students are encouraged to seek other available resources or services for technology support, such as the Department of Rehabilitation, a Social Security PASS Plan, Workers Compensation, or other special awards or grants. By doing so, you can extend this limited resource to other students with disabilities who do not have access to these other supports.

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicants are granted only one award per academic year.
  • There is a maximum award amount of $1,000 (including 9.5% sales tax), per student, per academic year.
  • Requests for the items in the list appearing below are typically eligible for this award.
  • No approvals will be made to hire personnel to assemble or construct an item.
  • The application must contain a statement by the student, explaining the student's need for the technology requested and what difference having the requested technology will make in the student's academic life. Your statement cannot be more than 2000 characters. It is recommended that you write your statement in a word document then cut-and-paste it into your application.
  • To determine the best possible purchase price, please shop several potential sources and submit TWO price quotes each from two different retailers with your application. In some cases, DSP may have unique source prices and base the amount of your award on best available prices that are less than your estimates.
  • ITEMS MUST NOT BE PURCHASED BEFORE THE AWARD IS POSTED TO YOUR FINANCIAL AID ACCOUNT. Applicants will not be reimbursed for any expenditure incurred before their grant application is approved. Grants are not retroactive. THERE ARE NO EXEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
  • If approved, the Financial Aid Office will deposit awards into the applicant's CARS account.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit receipts showing that the approved item was purchased and used for the approved purpose, within 30 days of receipt of the Grant. Failure to provide receipts may result in the Financial Aid office invoking a charge to your CARS account.
  • At the end of the academic year, you may be asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the item.

Eligible Items

This grant is only for the acquisition of, and appropriate training on, software and hardware which assists the students with their DSP-approved accommodations.

Typically, these assistive technology items are (but are not limited to):

  • LiveScribe Pen
  • Pearl Scanning Device
  • Other Scanning Devices
  • WYNN Wizard 6 (standalone) / WYNN Wizard SMA / WYNN Training CD
  • ClassMate Reader
  • Dragon premium
  • Dragon Legal
  • Dragon Medical
  • Read Here
  • Claro Read Plus
  • Assistive Listening Device

Steps to Complete Your Application and Our Review Process

The application opens September 14th, 2016 and closes October 14, 2016. The following steps must be completed in full to be eligible for the DSP Tech Grant.

  1. Submit the online application.

  2. You will receive a follow-up email with the subject line "Tech Grant Acknowledgement Agreement." This form must be signed and returned to us in an email attachment within seven (7) days of submitting your application.

  3. You must also attach your two price quotes per item in as an attachment with the Tech Grant Acknowledgement Agreement email.

NOTE: Delays will occur if your Tech Grant Acknowledgement Agreement is not signed and returned to us with your price quotes attached.

If your application is approved, you will be notified by DSP in an email sent to your official berkeley.edu email address.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please let your Specialist know so we can help you complete the application, or contact the Student Services Assistant at dsp@berkeley.edu

FUNDS ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION EARLY!

To access the online application click HERE