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UCLA Extension is committed to providing equal access to all academic programs and co-curricular activities for qualified applicants and students living with permanent or temporary disabilities.
Definition of "Disability" at UCLA Extension
As stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (2008), a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including but not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working.
General examples of disability categories include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Mobility difficulties
- Hearing or vision loss/impairment
- Learning challenges
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Psychological diagnoses
- Cognitive issues (e.g., ADHD, traumatic brain injury)
Types of Accommodations
Accommodations are personalized to meet the needs of each UCLA Extension student based on the information specified in their current, verifiable medical documentation.
Examples of accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Alternate media for course materials
- Assistive‑listening devices
- Audiotaping of courses
- Captioning services
- Course-registration assistance
- Exam proctoring
- Extended time for exams and quizzes
- Service dogs*
- Sign-language interpreters
How to Request Accommodations
Submit the UCLA Extension Accommodation form along with current medical documentation on official letterhead from a qualified professional* via email to our Office of Disability Services. “Current” is defined as documentation that is no more than three years old.
- Requests must be made at least 2-3 weeks prior to the start of each academic quarter. We cannot guarantee acceptance of retroactive accommodations.
- Your request and documentation will be reviewed by team members from UCLA Extension and the UCLA Center for Accessible Education to determine your eligibility for services.
- You will receive notification from our Office of Disability Services once a decision has been made—typically within two working days, provided all documentation submitted is complete.
- The Office of Disability Services will subsequently notify your instructor(s) of all approved accommodations. Details of your medical documentation are held in strictest confidence and will not be shared with UCLA Extension instructors or staff members outside of the Office of Disability Services.
Do I have to resubmit medical documentation each quarter? No. It is not necessary to resubmit medical documentation every quarter, unless your documentation will be three-years-old by your next quarter of enrollment.
What if I have a class in Bunche Hall on the UCLA Campus?UCLA Extension makes every effort to schedule courses in locations that are structurally accessible. If you are a student living with a disability and your course location is Bunche Hall on the UCLA campus, please contact us at least five days before the start of the quarter to ensure arrangements are made for your successful access to the building.