Support for Academic Appointees with Disabilities

Academic appointees with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to enable them to perform the essential functions of their position. UC Berkeley is committed to exploring appropriate accomodations for individuals who request them, and to providing these accommodations whenever feasible. The Berkeley Accommodation Process for Academic Appointees (updated in 2021) specifies the procedures for engaging in an interactive process between the appointee and appropriate representatives of the Campus for accommodating an appointee with a disability. The key actions are:

  • Academic appointee: Begins the process by asking their chair or dean for an accommodation; provides information from a health care provider regarding limitations or restrictions, using forms available from the Academic Personnel Office. (Details about the medical condition are confidential and do not need to be provided.)
  • Chair or dean: Explores the request with the academic appointee and consults with campus offices to determine if the request is appropriate to the individual and feasible for the University.
  • Campus consultants include: the Academic Personnel Office, Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare, Faculty/Staff Disability Management (University Health Services), and the Disability Access and Compliance Office
  • Vice Provost for the Faculty: Some central funding is available to provide financial support for a reasonable accommodation for faculty.

The Academic Personnel Office also manages leaves of absence, medical leaves, medical separations, and family medical leaves. 

Assistive Technologies

There are resources available for those who need an assistive technology for computer use in order to fulfill essential work functions. 

Disability Management Program

The University Health Services Disability Management Program (DMS) is designed to help faculty and other employees with disabilities stay on the job through accommodation. DMS provides information, assessments regarding accommodations, and workshops and training.

Disabled Students Program

The Disabled Students Program ensures that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at UC Berkeley. They provide information for instructors, including proctoring services.

Access for Visitors

If you are hosting a campus event, the Office of Disability Access and Compliance can provide you with information on how to ensure your event is accessible, including but not limited to sign language interpreting, real-time captioning, and the location of accessible parking.

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