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How Accommodations are Determined

Through an interactive process, the student and SDC Specialist discuss the student’s current documented functional limitations and request for services within the context of courses requirements. Occasionally, instructors are consulted to ensure that proposed accommodations do not represent a fundamental alteration to a course or program. Once reasonable and appropriate accommodations are identified and approved by the SDC Specialist, an official Letter of Accommodation is written on behalf of the student. 

This is Who We Are

The Student Disability Center (SDC) is staffed by team of professionals who have expertise in the education of students with disabilities. Student Disability Center Specialists approve services and coordinate accommodations to ensure equal access to the University’s educational programs. While accommodation information is shared on a “need to know” basis in order to facilitate services, disability information kept confidential and does not appear on transcripts or diplomas. 

Here’s how you can reach us:

Main Office @ 54 Cowell Building, 425 California Avenue, Monday–Friday, 9am-noon & 1-4pm
By phone 530-752-3184, Monday-Friday 8am-noon & 1-5pm
Student Disability Drop-in Center, Memorial Union, Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm
By email sdc@ucdavis.edu

Student Disability Center Staff


Jennifer Billeci | jabilleci@ucdavis.edu

Hello, we're looking forward to meeting you. I oversee the Student Disability Center and enjoy collaborating with several student clubs dedicated to enhancing access for all. 

Front Office

Cynthia Alei | cjalei@ucdavis.edu

Administrative Assistant. 

Danielle McAlister | dmcalister@ucdavis.edu

Administrative Assistant. Note Taker recruitment and assignment, Documentation tracking, and Reporting.

Disability Specialists

Russell Zochowski | rjzochowski@ucdavis.edu

Disability Specialist for Students with Medical, Mobility, & Visual Disabilities at
the SDC.  I have served in this capacity since August of 1994.

Abby Tilden | atilden@ucdavis.edu

I have extensive experience working with students who manage disabilities in the postsecondary environment. Here at UCD I am the lead specialist for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing (DOHH). In addition, I work with students who manage cognitive disabilities including, learning disabilities and ADHD and psychological conditions.

Christine O'Dell | caodell@ucdavis.edu

Christine O’Dell has worked as a Learning Disabilities Specialist in the postsecondary environment for more than 30 years. Her primary work at UC Davis focuses on students who manage cognitive disabilities including, but not limited to, learning disabilities and ADD.  Overall, her primary goal is to assist students though the process of attaining equal access to their learning environment.

Joe Spector, Ph.D | jmspector@ucdavis.edu

I work with students with psychological disabilities to assist them in developing accommodations to access the University’s curriculum. In addition, I focus upon tools and strategies that can be used to help maximize their styles and skills. 

Tech Team

Sarah Cohen | srcohen@ucdavis.edu

Sarah provides Braille transcription and other services for students who are blind or visually impaired, with a special emphasis on mathematics and science.

Joshua Hori | jhori@ucdavis.edu

Hi, my name is Joshua Hori, Accessible Technology Analyst for the Student Disability Center. I continue to constantly work on researching technologies to be considered for accommodations and keeping track of the list on my Trello board for Accessible Technology Software to ensure there are options available for students. I work with local and surrounding communities to overcome accessibility issues, both physical and electronic.

Corey Chomas | cdchomas@ucdavis.edu

Captioning & ASL Interpreting

Dana Russell

I have been captioning for 20+ years and I really enjoy working with the students at UC Davis along with the faculty.

Jennifer Serpa

I love my job as a Realtime Captioner for the deaf and hard of hearing students on campus.  After 10+ years of experience, every day still presents something new. See you in class!

Beth Stein

Beth, CT, has been a staff interpreter with the SDC for over 20 years and is the primary scheduler for UCD students' interpreting requests.

Devo Bell

Hi, I'm Devon.  I have lived in Davis and captioned at UCD since 1999.  Davis is a wonderful place to work, to raise kids, and to call home!

Denese Harlan

Darca Yniguez, CI & CT

Staff interpreter for the Student Disability Center at UCD for over 20 years.