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UCLA Center for Accessible Education

Students with disabilities that arrive at UCLA do so with the skills, inner resources, and ambition needed to be a great success. The Center for Accessible Education will work closely with you to identify reasonable accommodations for your time as a DGSOM student.

Our Approach to Supporting You

The Center for Accessible Education serves thousands of our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled at UCLA. Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services from The Center for Accessible Education are required to register with the office as early as possible so that you can work closely with your Disability Specialist and tap into the knowledge and support available to navigate your UCLA experience.

Updates

Welcome, Jess!

In an effort to respond to the nuanced and unique needs of professional students, CAE has identified specific point individuals for certain professional programs. For School of Nursing, the CAE Disability Specialist is Jess Austin. You can email Jess at jaustin@saonet.ucla.edu

Virtual Drop-in Hours

Please refer to the calendar on the CAE website at https://cae.ucla.edu/ to see drop-in hours for Jess. 

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

General FAQs

Is there a specific CAE Disability Specialist for School of Nursing students?

Yes, in an effort to respond to the nuanced and unique needs of professional students, CAE has identified specific point individuals for certain professional programs. For the School of Nursing, the CAE Disability Specialist is Jess Austin. You can email Jess at jaustin@saonet.ucla.edu

Do my approved accommodations apply to clinical settings?

Approved classroom accommodations may not necessarily translate to the clinical environment. Students with classroom accommodations don’t always require accommodations for clinical rotations.

If accommodations are required for clinical settings, reaching out at as soon as possible in advance of the term is recommended as implementation processes can vary based on the location of the rotation. However, you are able to register or request accommodations at any time. If you have any questions or concerns about clinical accommodations you are encouraged to reach out to your CAE Disability Specialist.

Your CAE Disability Specialist will work closely with School of Nursing contacts including the clinical coordinator of your program to implement approved clinical accommodations.

I want my accommodations to be kept private. Are accommodations kept confidential?

Accommodations are only shared on a need to know basis related to implementation. For clinical accommodations, your accommodations will be shared with the appropriate faculty and clinical coordinator for your program. In regards to information about your registration with the CAE, your record with the office is protected by FERPA. You can ask your CAE Disability Specialist about how FERPA relates to your registration. Lastly, all registered CAE students have the right to talk to their professors about their accommodations if they wish to.