What We Do
DSP Communication Services provides assistance to enrolled D/deaf or hard-of-hearing students so that they may obtain auxiliary services, aids, or accommodations to university academic programs, services, and activities. Students should contact their Disability Specialist for assistance as these needs arise.
Eligibility For Services
In order to be eligible to receive communication services from DSP, the applicant must be registered as a UC Berkeley student and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to DSP. To request communication services, please visit: https://dsp.berkeley.edu/students/new-students
Who We Serve
The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is committed to ensuring that D/deaf and hard-of-hearing students are able to participate in all programs, services, and activities offered on this campus. The Disabled Students' Program (DSP) is a primary resource available at UCB to help students with their communication assistance needs.
Realtime Captioning Services (RTC)
Realtime Captioning is the instantaneous transcription of the spoken word into text. This text can be viewed on a mobile device, computer, tablet, or large screen. Realtime Captioning enables people who are hard of hearing or D/deaf equal access to fully and actively participate. Realtime Captioning is widely used in classrooms, discussion sections, labs, meetings, seminars, orientations, and other campus activities.
DSP provides captioned media for students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. Audio content of a television clip, webcast, film clip, or short video is converted into text and displayed on a screen or monitor, also known as closed captions. Captioned media displays spoken words as texts and includes speaker identifications, sound effects, and music description.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting
American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language. The shape, placement, movement of the hands, facial expressions, and body movements all play important parts in conveying information. ASL is widely used in classrooms, discussion sections, labs, meetings, seminars, orientations, and other campus activities.