We Need You!
Thank you for considering a gift to support Cal’s students with disabilities. With your help, we can ensure that all students receive all of the benefits of a world-class education while making Berkeley a more equitable and inclusive university.
Your generous donation could fund one of our many program areas that directly support our students. Please read below how your donation can have an impact!
Our Cal disability community has been advocating for decades for the creation of a uniquely accessible community space for the disability community. Our new Disability Cultural Center will open this fall. The Center will provide a welcoming and fully accessible space for the...Read more about Disability Cultural Community Center
We are building a program to support success for students on the autism spectrum. In the past five years, the number of these students seeking DSP services increased nearly tenfold. We expect this demand to continue growing, so we aspire to add residential support, a full-time...Read more about Specialized Autism Spectrum Services
DSP provides grants twice a year to support the technology needs of students with disabilities and to expand access to assistive technologies. Each semester we have more applications for assistance than we have funds to provide. A new assistive technology specialist would provide...Read more about Technology Grants and Services
The majority of our students have a primary or secondary mental health disability. Many universities offer specialized counseling and services for students with mental health disabilities. We aim to add a dedicated counselor to DSP focused on the unique needs of these students, to...Read more about Mental Health Services
Each October, we sponsor special programming to heighten disability awareness. This year’s activities included a showcase for artists with disabilities and a project expo with EnableTech —where campus makers met students with disabilities to brainstorm technological solutions....Read more about Disability Awareness Month
Support internship and career opportunities for students with disabilities. Gifts will support travel, business attire, assistive technology, and more. Gifts of any size are welcome. A gift of $1000 would allow a student to participate in a summer internship program.Read more about Career Services Support
What We Do
DSP collaborates with the campus community to remove educational barriers, provide equally accessible learning opportunities, and promote a wholly inclusive environment. Our professional staff includes disability specialists and accessibility experts, who support students throughout their Berkeley careers. Currently, we serve 3650 students — comprising about nine percent of the student population. Demand for our services expanded by 700 students in the past year.
Our student services programs emphasize retention and success at Berkeley and beyond and include: a learning specialist who designs and creates academic coaching and workshops on learning strategies, time management, exam preparation and more; a career counselor who provides professional networking opportunities and one on one career preparation support including resume review, interview coaching, and more; an autism specialist who creates and provides programming to support our students on the autism spectrum and offers them opportunities for social networking and skill building at no cost to students, and a new Disability Cultural Community Center.
As part of the federal Department of Education’s TRIO programs, TRIO@DSP also provides high-touch academic support services for students with disabilities from low-income and other disadvantaged backgrounds. We help them develop necessary skill sets and cultivate a sense of belonging in a supportive community. TRIO@DSP services can include: individualized academic coaching, tutoring, and goal-setting; peer check-ins and learning support groups; enrichment and development workshops; and special assistance with graduate and professional studies.
Who We Are
Inspired by the activism of alumnus Ed Roberts — the first student with severe disabilities to graduate from Berkeley and a leader for the Independent Living Movement — UC Berkeley strives to become a national leader in providing campus and community access to people with disabilities. Our students with disabilities bring new perspectives and diversity that add texture to the fabric of campus life. The Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) advocates for the removal of barriers in the academic environment and supports academic success for students with disabilities at UC Berkeley. We help ensure that all students with disabilities obtain the access, academic accommodations, and services they need to fully participate in the Berkeley experience. DSP at Cal goes beyond legal compliance and provides student services designed to enhance the retention and success of our students. We would truly welcome any gifts in support of our mission to serve our students.