Services Provided by SDC

Learning Assistance provides services to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Based on the student's documentation of disability, we recommend services, accommodations and auxiliary aids and the student then selects what he or she needs for specific classes and situations.

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Access to Special Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Devices

SDC loans Live Scribe Smart pens and Sonocent software for recording lectures, assistive FM and infrared listening devices, and other equipment as available to individual students. A resource room in Shields Library provides adaptive computer hardware and software. Please see our Guide to Communication Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students for more information.

Access to Tutoring

The University provides tutoring for students with disabilities to the same extent it is provided for all students. Small group tutoring, drop-in tutoring in math and science, and workshops on study skills are available through the Student Academic Success Center (SASC), 2205 Dutton Hall. The SDC ensures that students with disabilities have equal access to the tutoring that is available to all students.

Disability Management Counseling/Advising

Disability Management Counseling/Advising addresses the specific issues and concerns directly associated with a student's disability. The Disability Specialists provide individual disability management advising to students with disabilities related to the impact of disability on their academic and personal needs, and coordination of academic support services.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Individuals with disabilities may have special needs in emergency situations. The best way for students with disabilities to ensure that they are safe on campus is to plan ahead, taking into account their own needs and limitations. Learn more about Emergency Evacuation Procedures.

Exam Accommodations

When appropriate, the SDC will authorize exam-taking accommodations, such as extended time, a reader, or a scribe. Students are provided with quarterly letters to faculty that authorize appropriate exam and other in-class accommodations. Providing the accommodations for the exams is the individual Department's responsibility.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UC Davis does not endorse or recommend any particular organization, individual, points of view, products, or services offered by these outside sites. While we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, students should review all scholarship information carefully. Please see our scholarship application tips section, for information on how to search for outside scholarships. For a list of outside scholarships, visit UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Interpreting and Real-time Captioning Services

SDC coordinates the provision of sign language interpreters to facilitate communication in course lectures, discussions, labs and extracurricular activities. Oral interpreters and real-time captioners are also available based upon each student's preferred mode of communication. Please see our Guide to Communication Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students for more information.

New Student Orientation

The SDC provides an orientation for new students during Fall Quarter's Welcome Week, and additional orientation for new students is available on an individual basis. For more information visit, Orientation at UC Davis.

Notetaker Services

SDC pays for notetaking assistance in lectures, discussions, and labs. Usually, a stipend notetaker is authorized. These notetakers are students in the same class who are paid a stipend for providing copies of their notes. This service may includes access to Classical Notes.

Learn more about how to become a notetaker.

On-campus Mobility Assistance

SDC operates a shuttle service that travels within the campus core to assist students with temporary and permanent mobility limitations. The UC Davis Police Department’s wheelchair accessible van provides assistance to those students who use wheelchairs. Students with permanent mobility limitations are not charged for rides through the Mobility Assistance Shuttle (MAS) service. Other mobility assistance services include referral for equipment repair and accessibility consultation.

Pre-Admission Assistance

Pre-admission information regarding SDC services is available to applicants and prospective students by request.

Reader Services and Specialized Educational Materials

SDC provides access to print material by supporting reader services, braille, e-text, and enlarged print.

Referral to Other Resources, Services, Agencies

SDC Disability Specialists provide individual student referrals as appropriate to other campus and community resources and external resources including, but not limited to, Department of Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration, and Yolo County In-Home Supportive Services.

Registration Assistance/Enrollment

SDC collaborates with the Registrar's Office to arrange for registration and enrollment assistance as needed to accommodate the functional limitations of the student's disability.

Service Animals and/or Assistance Animals

University of California, Davis recognizes the importance of Service and Assistance Animals for individuals with disabilities. The University is committed to providing equal access to its classrooms, research facilities, public spaces and housing for all of its community members, including students, employees and visitors. For more information visit Accessibility at UC Davis.

Special Parking

The SDC refers students to Transportation and Parking Services for medical parking permits, and to the State Department of Motor Vehicles for disabled parking placards.