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Schedule an Appointment

The Office for Students with Disabilities is operating remotely during regularly scheduled university business hours.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please leave a message at (858) 534-4382 or email us at and provide us with the following information.

If you are emailing, we suggest you copy and paste items #1 - #7 into the body of your email and then provide us with the information. This will expedite your request.

  1. Your first and last name
  2. Your PID if you have one
  3. Your telephone number
  4. Your UCSD email address
  5. The reason you are requesting an appointment
  6. At least 3 days/times you are available between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday for an appointment
  7. Whether you prefer a Zoom or phone appointment, or first available

We will respond to you within 24 university business hours at either your UCSD email address or from a blocked phone number, so please pick up the call. The more information you can provide us initially, the faster we will be able to schedule your appointment. Thank you.

OSD Student Portal

Instructors will receive Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letters electronically on or after the first day of instruction. AFA letters should be considered valid only if they are generated from the following address: Questions should be directed to the academic department liaison or Students are responsible for discussing specific accommodation arrangements with instructors and liaisons.

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Who We Serve

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities
  • Faculty and staff who provide accommodations to students in classrooms and labs
  • Student veterans

For more information, view the Disability Resources Brochure Guide (PDF).


The OSD also works with a variety of departments and programs across campus to provide access to learning and internship opportunities for students with disabilities which opens doors to meaningful employment after graduation. In addition to Career Services, our Academic Internship Program connects students to opportunities where they can earn academic credit and real world skills that enable them to be more competitive candidates in the job market. The OSD also employs student staff with disabilities, training them in customer service, front and back office management, team building, and universal design in physical and electronic environments.

Registering with the OSD

OSD works with students with documented disabilities to review documentation and determine reasonable accommodations. Disabilities can occur in these areas: psychological, psychiatric, learning, attention, chronic health, physical, vision, hearing, and acquired brain injuries, and may occur at any time during a student’s college career. We encourage you to contact the OSD as soon as you become aware of a condition that is disabling so that we can work with you.

Why Captions Are Essential

This entry in the Accessibility Awareness video series provides a brief overview of why captions are an essential component of both live and asynchronous media.

Watch a video tutorial outlining the importance of captioning your content

Making your course more universally accessible

The OSD also serves as a resource to UC San Diego faculty and staff who are providing accommodations to students in classrooms and labs across campus, and we have developed working relationships with other offices on campus to streamline services to students with disabilities. We welcome opportunities to provide disability education to departments and programs, and to develop internal processes that better serve students with disabilities.

Watch a video tutorial on Universal Access in Courses

Student Veterans at Triton 5k

Student Veterans

Finally, the OSD recognizes the unique challenges that some students with disabilities face, including student veterans, as disability impacts all areas of life (physical, mental, academic, and social). We invite you to dialogue with us in a safe, confidential environment, and we look forward to hearing from you.