Welcome, New Students!

Are you just beginning your enrollment with the Disabled Students Program? Get acquainted with our services by taking part in one of our Zoom-tastic Orientation Sessions before classes begin this Fall:

  • Monday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please select the day that works best for you and reply here: New Student Orientation RSVP Form. We will email you a Zoom invitation to one of our sessions.

In addition to our general orientation session, our staff is available to answer any of your questions via email, Zoom drop-in hours, or Zoom appointments. Don't hesitate to reach out to us via our contact page!

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Equity Building Considerations

Dear Campus Community,

At this time we are reaching out to you with concerns in relation to mounting stressors in relation to COVID-19, as well as the undeniable systemic inequalities pervasive in our institutions.

These include, but are not limited to: systems of justice, education & learning, and health-related disparity outcomes, as well as economic disparities that heighten and exacerbate one’s ability to engage and have access to support systems that help build community, resilience and enhance outcomes across the systems our students navigate on a daily basis.

We are asking for consideration of the well-being of all of our students in light of the collective challenges which are becoming even more impactful to all students, regardless of disability status.

As such, we are presenting methods and strategies to facilitate building short-term, compassion-based, equity-oriented solutions, as well as long-term considerations for inclusive curriculum design that may not only decrease the need for accommodations but will also work to ensure that all students have access to educational infrastructures as a way of dismantling systemic inequities in higher education.

We respectfully ask for your active engagement and participation in mindfully imagining how we all might improve upon the ways in which we support our students. 

Please consider our suggestions on implementing social justice strategies within the classroom.

In solidarity,


About The Disabled Students Program

Each year temporarily and permanently disabled students attend classes at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They are attracted by the university's academic reputation, moderate weather conditions, and excellent physical accessibility offered here. The lay of the land is flat and free from environmental barriers and most physical structures are accessible. In addition, the UCSB campus provides excellent barrier free, modified, residential facilities to those students seeking to live on campus.

Providing academic accommodations to students with disabilities is a shared responsibility of the campus. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the Disabled Students Program (DSP) is aware of their disabilities and for providing DSP with appropriate documentation. DSP is located at 2120 Student Resource Building and serves as the campus liaison regarding issues and regulations related to students with disabilities. The DSP staff works in an advisory capacity with a variety of campus departments to ensure that equal access is provided to all disabled students.

Students with disabilities attending UCSB can be assured of receiving the same core support academic services offered throughout the University of California's System-wide chain of campuses.

COVID Information

For specific resources related to COVID-19 operational changes, online learning, and support for Fall 2020, please visit our COVID-19 Resource pages for students and for faculty.




Gary White

Message from the Director

Welcome to UCSB!

For new and returning students, you have made a great choice to enroll in one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country. The focus of the Disabled Students Program (DSP)’s mission is to ensure full participation and equal access to all educational activities and classes at UCSB, and to facilitate student success for students with disabilities.

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Census 2020

Even though you might be home with your family due to the COVID-19 crisis, if you usually live in Isla Vista, the 2020 Census still wants to count you in IV.

Census 2020 - Everyone Counts

Why does the census matter?

You will benefit from funding for

  • Federal student loans
  • Better sidewalks, lighting, and other infrastructure in Isla Vista
  • Campus funding
  • Campus improvement
  • Health and social services

What should I do?

Starting on March 12, households received a postcard with a link to the census questionnaire. You can answer:

  • 1-Online with the link and ID number you receive on the postcard
  • 2-On the phone in 12 different languages
  • 3-On paper by regular mail
  • 4-When a census enumerator visits your home

How should I answer?

  1. Did you live in University housing this academic year (except Family Housing, Ocean Walk, and Sierra Madre)? Housing has already filled out the census for you!! No need to answer.
  2. Rent an apartment/house in Isla Vista, Goleta, or Santa Barbara? Only one resident in your household will answer the census questionnaire for all of you. Make sure you collect the necessary information for each of your housemates before answering*.

*If you left Isla Vista before getting the census letter, you can still go on-line to my2020census.gov and complete the questionnaire even if you do not have a Census ID with you. One resident answer for all as head of the household. You should collect the necessary information for each housemate before answering. Since the census wants to record the place where you live most of the year, you should answer yes to the question “will you be on this address on April 1st”.  TO RESPOND GO TO https://my2020census.gov/

For instructions on how college students should respond, please see this instructional video.

I Voted California

Access your right to vote!

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 requires States to offer voter registration opportunities at certain State and local offices, including public assistance and disability offices. DSP is proud to be an Agency-Based Registration Site where students may seek voting information, registration application forms, and the opportunity to register to vote. Please contact us if you would like to access these services.  Note that the deadline to register for the November 2020 election is coming up on October 19, 2020.

There is no obligation to register to vote and the student's decision will have no effect on services offered by DSP. Voter registration information and online application forms are also available at the website for the Secretary for the State of California.  More information on a variety of access options for voting for individuals with disabilities can be found as well.