Application Process

Application Process

If you have already had an intake appointment and you are already active in the Disabled Students' Program, you may go directly to Student Login to request letters and services.

All students taking classes at UC Berkeley (including admitted degree students, Summer Sessions students, and students studying abroad at UC Berkeley) are responsible for completing the following steps to request academic accommodations on the basis of disability:

  1. Click on this link to submit an online application for DSP services. Completing this step will create an account for you with DSP and will keep your medical documentation separate from your other University records.
  2. Provide DSP with documentation of your disability. Disability documentation must verify two things: (1) the presence of a diagnosed disability or medical condition and (2) the current impact of the diagnosed disability or medical condition. For detailed information about documentation requirements and for forms that you can give to your medical providers to fill out, see Documentation. Your documentation can be dropped off at the DSP front desk, emailed to dsp@berkeley.edu, emailed directly to your Disability Specialist, or faxed to (510) 643-9686. Documentation should be available to your Disability Specialist at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled intake appointment.
  3. Schedule your Intake appointment with a Disability Specialist by calling the DSP receptionist at (510) 642-0518, visiting the DSP front desk in 260 Cesar Chavez Student Center, or emailing the departmental DSP account at dsp@berkeley.edu.
  4. Meet with your Disability Specialist for an interactive intake appointment to confirm your status as a person with disabilities and to discuss the accommodations or services you may require for equal access to your academic program. Note: If your disability documentation has not been received by your Disability Specialist at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment, your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
  5. Request your accommodation letters and services every semester as soon as you have registered for classes.

After you have completed the five steps above, you should meet with the instructors of the courses in which you will require accommodationsnto ensure your accommodations are understood and will be provided.

You must initiate and complete the steps above before you may be approved for DSP services. If you are unable to complete the online application process, you can request assistance in person from the DSP receptionist in 260 Chavez.