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UCLA Center for Accessible Education

Please note: In light of the spread of the latest COVID surge, the Center for Accessible Education will be operating remotely and will return to an in-person capacity on 1/31/22. If you wish to connect with us during this period, please complete the Contact Us Form, visit for virtual drop-in hours on Zoom, or contact your CAE Disability Specialist directly.

The CAE is undergoing a renovation. We look forward to having you visit our renovated space soon! Please note: the CAE's renovation is not complete yet, but the CAE main office in Murphy Hall A255 is open!

Visit us in A255 to get checked in for an appointment, to get questions answered, or visit the CAE Testing Center in A242 for any testing-related information or questions.

If you plan to visit the CAE in-person, please note the following:

  • The UC-systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all UC students, faculty, staff, and others to be fully vaccinated.
  • Under current LA County policy, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face masks in all indoor spaces on the UCLA campus.
  • Daily symptom checks are required for students, faculty, staff who are living, learning, or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status.

In summary, you will asked to show your clearance certificate upon entering the CAE, verifying that you are in compliance with the vaccination policy (i.e. have verified your vaccination status or have an approved exemption) and the daily symptom check, and wear a mask.

Winter 2022 Updates

Welcome Letter from Student Leaders

 

CAE Students,

✦✦✦Welcome and welcome back! ✦✦✦

Registering and communicating with the CAE is vital to accessing your right to an education. However, there is much more to college than classes and academics -- and you deserve to have access to the full college experience. Whether you identify as disabled or not, we invite you to check out the welcoming community of the Disabled Student Union (DSU):

The Disabled Student Union (DSU) provides a safe and inclusive place for people with disabilities to feel accepted. Its purpose is to empower students through advocacy and education, build relationships with the administration and the wider campus community, to remove barriers of access on campus, and to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to live in peace. Along with Access on Board, the Disability Studies Minor, and the University Committee on Disability, UCLA’s DSU will work to lead programs for people with disabilities as well as create a community of acceptance at UCLA.

In addition to DSU, student government organizations are advocating for disability justice and are here to support you. Within the Undergraduate Student Association, the Facilities Commission (FAC) and the Academic Affairs Commission (AAC) have projects -- Access on Board and Disability Justice in Education, respectively -- dedicated to fighting for and with students with disabilities. FAC and AAC student representatives have recurring meetings with the CAE and are actively working to ensure that disabled students are considered in the return to campus. We encourage all of you to reach out to FAC/AAC with any disability-related concerns or if you are interested in joining our advocacy efforts.

While this upcoming year brings tumultuous changes, we are excited to grow the vibrant community of Disabled Bruins!

Much Bruin Love, 

Academic Affairs Commission, Disabled Student Union, & Facilities Commission

Contact Information

Academic Affairs Commission

Email: usaaac@gmail.com 

Disability Justice in Education Email: aac.dje@usac.ucla.edu

Instagram: @usacaac

 

Disabled Student Union

Email: dsuucla@gmail.com 

Instagram: @dsuucla 

TikTok: @dsuucla 

 

Facilities Commission

Email: fac@usac.ucla.edu 

Accessibility Chief of Staff Email: fac.accessibility@usac.ucla.edu

Instagram: @usacfac 

Request your Accommodations Letters and Email Instructors

Have you requested your accommodations so that your Letter of Accommodation can be viewed by your professors in the Faculty Portal? Please follow these 2 steps:

1. To use your accommodations, you will need to complete the following steps through the CAE Student Portal. Please follow instructions from this YouTube video to request that CAE send a letter to the Faculty Portal which tells your instructors what accommodations you have. This letter only informs your instructors that you are a student in their class who is registered with CAE and has approved accommodations. A few reminders about your accommodation letters: 

  • Once requested, you will either see that your accommodation letter status says “Sent” or “Confirmed.” Your instructors may view the letter, but not confirm it, as these are two separate steps. The letter does not need to be “confirmed” for your accommodations to be active. If you have concerns about receiving your accommodations, you can send your instructor an email to confirm, and copy your CAE Disability Specialist on the email.   

  • Request your letters early in the quarter! We recommend during week 1 or 2 of the quarter. You will complete this step at beginning of each quarter that you want to use your accommodations.  

2. After you complete step #1, please also email the following to your instructors and copy your CAE Disability Specialist:  

“Dear Instructor, I am registered with the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) and recently submitted a request to make my CAE accommodation letter available to you. You can view my accommodation letter in the Faculty Portal. After clicking on “View Letter,” please complete steps #1 and #2: review the accommodation letter, and confirm receipt of the accommodation letter. 

**If you are approved for any EXAM accommodations, add this: I am approved for exam accommodations, and CAE's new procedure is that if you are unable to proctor my exams, you should proceed to immediately fill out the Testing Request form to submit your request for proctoring support—as they require 7-days’ notice.**

If you have any questions about my accommodations, you can follow up with my CAE Disability Specialist, who is copied on this email. Thank you."

Testing Accommodations Updates

**For both in-person and remote courses, please be aware the CAE has a new procedure**

You will no longer schedule individual exams through the CAE Student Portal. Instead, you will utilize your approved testing accommodations by requesting your accommodation letters via the CAE Student Portal. Please request your accommodation letters during Week 1 or at least 7 days prior to first exam date.

Your professors will either provide you with your accommodations or set up your exam arrangements with the CAE Testing Center, if they require CAE support.

If your exam is scheduled with the CAE Testing Center, you will be notified that your exams are confirmed with CAE and to view your testing location via the CAE Student Portal, 3 days and 1 day prior to exam. Please check the CAE Student Portal under “My Schedule” for the testing location of your exam and to confirm that your instructor has booked the exam.

Please note: if it says “Prof Accomm” that means your instructor will be administering the exam and providing the accommodation(s). 

Other Accommodation Updates 

Notetaking Support 

For remote/online classes: the accommodation remains the same. Once you request your accommodation letters, the letter instructs professors to record and upload their Zoom lecture to CCLE.  Through Kaltura, a program in CCLE, uploaded videos will be captioned and have the option to download transcripts at 95% accuracy. Access to these recordings meets the notetaking support accommodation.    

For in-person classes: you will utilize your approved notetaking support accommodation. If you have not utilized your accommodation while on-campus, please email your Disability Specialist as soon as possible to finalize and receive information about how to access your notetaking support accommodation. If you have not signed an Audio Recording Agreement, you can find it on the CAE website under “Notetaking Support” and can email it directly to your Disability Specialist.  

Peer Notetaking: Please be sure to request your accommodation within the first 2 weeks of the quarter. Requests will be accepted after, however, identifying a peer notetaker for your course may be limited and course notes for prior weeks may not be guaranteed. 

  • If you submit your requests from weeks 3–8: identifying a peer notetaker for your course may be limited and course notes for prior weeks may not be guaranteed.  
  • If you submit your requests after week 8: requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at notetaker@saonet.ucla.edu 

To ensure that our students are receiving and utilizing the most appropriate and adequate accommodations, the CAE monitors accommodations usage and makes recommendations to students based on the information gathered during our audits. If a student approved for peer notetaking is not utilizing peer notetaking, you may be switched to another method of notetaking support, including technology-assisted notetaking options.    

CART Captioning 

For remote/online classes, this will look exactly like it has over the past 1.5 years.  CAE’s CART captioning scheduler will be in contact with you to schedule remote CART captioners for your course(s). 

For in-person classes, please be aware of new information: Remote CART is being offered as the primary method of implementing live captioning, for both online and in-person courses. The field of CART captioning nationwide has shifted toward a remote model, impacting our ability to secure in-person captioners. We hope for remote CART to be an alternative that will guarantee equitable access to our students who use this service. If students have concerns with remote CART for in-person courses, let your Disability Specialist and/or the CART captioning scheduler know and we will work with you to coordinate the most effective service method. 

Increasing Access and Accommodations to co-curricular programs, clinicals, and community engagement 

Co-curricular programs

We now are helping to support students registered with CAE for accommodations related to student organization events and/or co-curricular activities. Reasonable accommodations for co-curricular activities will be determined with students on an individualized basis. If you are NOT already registered with the CAE and would like to request accommodations for these settings, please see the CAE Academic Accommodations Application Process for more information about how to apply. If you are already registered with the CAE and would like to request accommodations for these types of settings, please email your CAE Disability Specialist directly to discuss your requests. 

Clinicals

We want to be sure that students with disabilities are aware that you can request accommodations for clinicals, fieldwork, or external placements that are credit-baring. Reasonable accommodations for these types of experiences will be determined with students on an individualized basis. If you are NOT already registered with the CAE and would like to request accommodations for these settings, please see the CAE Academic Accommodations Application Process for more information about how to apply. If you are already registered with the CAE and would like to request accommodations for these types of settings, please email your CAE Disability Specialist directly to discuss your requests. 

Community Engagement

We want to be sure that students with disabilities are aware that you can request accommodations for Community Engagement sites connected to seminars through the UCLA Center for Community Engagement. Reasonable accommodations for these types of experiences will be determined with students on an individualized basis.  If you are NOT already registered with the CAE and would like to request accommodations for these settings, please see the CAE Academic Accommodations Application Process for more information about how to apply. If you are already registered with the CAE and would like to request accommodations for these types of settings, please email your CAE Disability Specialist directly to discuss your requests. 

University processes for students who test positive for COVID-19

For employment-related requests (including graduate assistantships): Visit the Insurance and Risk Management Disability Management website.

If you are a student who either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a person known to have COVID-19—and you yourself are NOT vaccinated--please see the following information regarding how the University is prepared to support you:

  1. First, please take care of yourself. Follow the university’s guidance on health reporting and quarantine/isolation procedures.
  2. If you are working with the university’s Exposure Management Team (EMT), you will automatically receive a statement of support for academic flexibility during your quarantine/isolation via email within the next few days.
    • Once you receive the email, you can forward it onto your instructors as needed.
    • Faculty are encouraged to review the Guidance for Classes and Instruction and Guidance for instructors, fall 2021 for guidance on providing academic flexibility.
    • You or your instructors can contact EMT with any questions or concerns related to the support letter and its content.
    • Students can also submit a CAE Academic Accommodations Application if they believe their COVID-19- related symptoms have become disabling (i.e. considering duration, severity, impact, etc.). Please see the CAE Academic Accommodations Application Process for more information about how to apply. Students who are already registered with CAE for another disability, can present this letter to their CAE Disability Specialists, who can determine and implement any relevant disability-related accommodations.
  3. If you are working with providers outside the university, student should still call The Ashe Center COVID-19 Hotline at (310) 206-6217 for assistance.

Drop-in Hours

We have a few different types of drop-in hours, depending on what type of CAE support you are seeking:

Disability Specialist Drop-in Hours

The Disability Specialists are available Monday-Friday to answer quick, general CAE questions for students, staff, and faculty. You can find more information on the calendar on the CAE website. The drop-in can be joined through the extended link at: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/94963911430 or Meeting ID: 949 6391 1430.

You can meet with anyone, but if are looking to meet with your specific assigned Disability Specialist, here are their hours:  

  • Mondays @ 9am: LuMarie Tomasello
  • Tuesdays@ 10am: Natalia Zafferano
  • Wednesdays @ 11am: Alex Mazzeo
  • Thursdays @ 3pm: Kya Lisum or Nina Federizo
  • Fridays @ 1pm: Courtney Castleman

Your Disability Specialist is here to support you! You can email them directly or set up an advising appointment with them through the CAE portal.   

Housing Accommodations Drop-In Hours

CAE Housing Accommodations staff will offer virtual drop-in hours on Monday-Thursday from 4-5pm for all your CAE Housing Accommodations questions. You can find more information on the calendar on the CAE website. The drop-in can be joined through the extended link at: https://ucla.zoom.us/my/liliannacae or using the Meeting ID: 488 4161 384.

You can also contact the CAE Housing Accommodations staff at caehousing@saonet.ucla.edu 

Testing Center Drop-In Hours

The CAE Testing Center will offer virtual drop-in hours on Monday-Thursday from 12-1pm for all your CAE testing questions. You can find more information on the calendar on the CAE website. The drop-in can be joined through the extended link at: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/98383299060 or using the Meeting ID: 983 8329 9060.

You can also contact the CAE Testing Center at caetesting@saonet.ucla or at 310-825-2651. 

CAE Open House

We are excited to be hosting 2 open house events in Winter 2022! Please join us to meet CAE staff, socialize, and see our new renovated space! 

Please stay tuned for dates!

If you have any questions or need accommodations to attend, please email CAE Disability Specialist, Courtney Castleman at ccastleman@saonet.ucla.edu.

CAE Staff Updates  

We have a few staff updates that have happened over the last few months:

New CAE Staff

We are very excited to welcome new staff members:

  • Natalia Zafferano started in November 2021 as a Disability Specialist!
  • Divya Sharma will be starting as a Disability Specialist on January 18th! 

Other CAE Staff Updates

  • Catherine Hoang is no longer a Disability Specialist in the CAE
  • LuMarie Tomasello is back and excited to be supporting CAE students again!
  • Laura Czajkowski is now our Associate Director!
  • AJ Mason is now Testing Center Coordinator!

CAE Staff Interviews

We are looking for students who are interested in helping the CAE hire new staff! We always want to make sure that the CAE student voice is heard when we hire new staff and we would love to create a group of students that are involved with future interviews. If you are interested, please contact CAE Associate Director, Laura Czajkowski at lczajkowski@saonet.ucla.edu

Scholarship Opportunities

The CAE is seeking to provide a $1,000.00 Will Rogers Scholarship award to enrolled students with disabilities that demonstrate strong leadership, dedication or involvement in organizations, activities, academic research, or issues that promote awareness and acceptance for the disability community. We want to help support your research, projects, and vital work towards amplifying the experiences of the community. If you are interested in the scholarship, please submit your application for consideration. The CAE will select 5 students.  

Campus Advocacy and Involvement 

The Disabled Student Union (DSU)

DSU provides a safe and inclusive place for people with disabilities to feel accepted. Its purpose is to empower students through advocacy and education, build relationships with the administration and the wider campus community, to remove barriers of access on campus, and to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to live in peace. UCLA’s DSU will work to lead programs for people with disabilities as well as create a community of acceptance and solidarity at UCLA. You can find out more information on their Facebook or their Instagram @dsuucla 

All-Brains

All-Brains is a neurodiversity community at UCLA that offers an inclusive space for students with Autism, ADHD, and other learning differences through social activities and peer mentoring. You can find out more information on their UCLA All Brains website or their Instagram @uclaallbrains