Disability Resources

Student disability services
UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. Please visit their website and look over the student disability services info sheet for more information.

How to Register

Students seeking accommodations or disability support services at UCSF are required to register with Student Disability Services (SDS). While students are welcome to contact SDS directly at any time to discuss or ask questions, the typical registration process is as follows:

  1. Make a formal request for accommodations
    Complete the application for accommodation(s) via our online program application. We will ask you to provide information about your disability, history of accommodations, and make requests for specific accommodations. Information provided is confidential, and only accessible by Student Disability Services. You are encouraged to complete the application and submit documentation (Steps 1 & 2) in advance of your intake appointment.
  2. Provide documentation of your disability
    SDS has developed documentation guidelines to assist students with various disabilities and conditions with requesting the necessary documentation from their treatment providers. Once you have completed your online program application, your browser will also direct you to this page detailing these guidelines. You are encouraged to send your disability documentation to SDS in advance of your intake appointment, documentation can be uploaded here: STUDENT PORTAL or by email to [email protected]. Please review these documentation guidelines and contact our office if you have further questions beyond what is covered there.
    **Students who do not have documentation of their condition, and/or who believe they have an undiagnosed condition, should contact SDS to discuss their circumstances further.
  3. Contact SDS
    Current and prospective students should call 415-476-6595 or email SDS to schedule an intake appointment. Appointments can take place via Zoom or in person (During COVID all appointments are via Zoom).
  4. Determination of eligibility and accommodations
    SDS takes into consideration the information provided during the intake meeting, your disability documentation, and the requirements of your academic and clinical program to determine your eligibility for services and, if appropriate, recommend specific accommodations. This is an interactive process in which it is essential that you be an active participant.

A detailed description of the process for housing accommodations can be found on the UCSF Housing website.