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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! 

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.  

For More Information

Contact:

Student Experience and Diversity
University Development & Alumni Relations
University of California, Berkeley

studentexperience@berkeley.edu
(510) 664-4140

Find More Ways To Help

Contact:

Karen Nielson
Executive Director
University of California, Berkeley

knielson@berkeley.edu