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Our Charge, Disability Defined

The UCLA Center for Accessible Education (CAE) is responsible for the administration of UCLA’s commitment to ensuring access and participation for all students with qualifying disabilities or medical conditions. The CAE facilitates academic accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The CAE provides access to the numerous educational opportunities available to students on our campus and empowers students to realize their academic potential.

How is disability defined?

An individual with a disability is a person who has (1) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

What does it mean to be a qualified student with a disability?

At the postsecondary level, a "qualified student with a disability" is a student with a disability "who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the institution's educational program or activity."

What should faculty do to ensure access for Bruins with disabilities?

The content contained in our Faculty Handbook and on these webpages will support you in ensuring access for students with disabilities at UCLA. Accommodation letters notify you about the academic accommodations your CAE- registered students will need to experience full access to learning and engaging on-campus. To view your student’s accommodation letters, please watch our YouTube video for instructions.

For support on specific accommodation-related matters, including how administer extra time on testing and establish agreements on absence, extension, and remote access accommodations, you can use resource guides for different accommodations listed below.

We also want to continue to encourage faculty, when possible, to consider implementing alternative exam formats that do not involve proctoring. Please review UCLA’s Alternative Assessment Recommendations for more information about alternative assessment ideas.

Stay Connected with CAE

We prioritize proactive and regular communication with faculty, as we believe faculty are critical partners in the work of access and disability-inclusion on campus. Faculty are always welcome to attend one of our Disability Specialist Drop-Ins to get their questions or concerns answered more quickly. The schedule for these sessions are available on our homepage.

Additionally, we encourage faculty to regularly consult our quarterly updates and sign-up for our monthly newsletter, where we will share useful and helpful information to campus partners on supporting disabled students. You can find links to these resources below.

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