Applicants/students should be prepared to provide the following preferred disability documentation to DSP in order to determine eligibility for DSP services.
If the documents listed are not available to you, please submit whatever documentation you have and complete your DSP application. At your appointment with a DSP Specialist, they will guide you further if additional documentation is needed. Note that while submitting the documentation listed is not mandatory in order to be considered for services, it can facilitate the process.
DSP follows the Association for Higher Education for Disability (AHEAD) Professional Association's Guidelines: Supporting Accommodation Requests: Guidance on Documentation(link is external)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Please have your psychiatrist or other mental health professional complete the Certification of Psychological Disability and/or submit records of a psycho-educational evaluation which includes ASD diagnosis.
Legal Blindness or Visual Impairment
- A copy of your most recent eye examination results from your ophthalmologist or optometrist verifying your legal blindness or other visual impairment. In general, applicants utilizing conductive lenses must have a corrected vision of not less than 20/200 to be eligible for DSP services.
- If you do not meet this requirement but have a visual impairment that significantly impacts your academic performance, you may still be eligible for services.
Deafness or Hard of Hearing
- A copy of an audiogram, administered within the last two years by your physician, audiometrist or audiologist, verifying the extent of your hearing loss.
- Relevant policy/practice: Communication Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder
- For learning disabilities, records of a psycho-educational evaluation performed by a qualified professional.
- For Attention Deficit Disorder, please have a psychiatrist or other qualified professional fill out the Certification Of Attention-Deficit Disorder / Hyperactivity Disorder.
Relevant policy/practice: In order for DSP to assess the impact your disability may have on your academic performance, the verification you submit should meet either or both of these policies:
- University of California Practices for the Assessment of Learning Disabilities
- University of California Practices for the Assessment and Accommodation of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders.
Please check with a DSP Specialist if you have questions
- Please have your psychiatrist or other mental health professional complete the Certification of Psychological Disability.
Relevant policy/practice: University of California Practices for the Assessment and Accommodation of Students with Psychological Disabilities.
Mobility Impairment, Speech Impairment, Acquired Brain Injury, Chronic Illness, or other disabilities not listed above
- Please have your physician or other appropriate professional complete the Disability Documentation Form for Students with Mobility Impairments and Other Functional Impairments Due to Medical Conditions.
- All relevant questions should be answered or the submission may be considered incomplete.
Where can I get more information?
For more information on the Disabled Students' Program, including relevant university policies and practices, please explore this website. You may also call (510) 642-0518, (510) 642-6376 TTY/TDD, or write to us at:
Disabled Students' Program
260 César E. Chávez Student Center, #4250
Berkeley, CA 94720-4250