Our Core Mission

The office of Disability Compliance supports the campus in meeting its responsibilities with respect to persons with disabilities. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended and other federal and state laws, as well as the University of California Guidelines Applying to Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability require that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to enjoy campus programs, activities, and benefits.

 Specifically, the office of Disability Compliance:

  • Ensures that policies/procedures are in place to guide campus with respect to accommodating, and providing access to, faculty and students with disabilities.
  • Provides campus expertise in architectural access codes applicable to facilities, and manages buildings accessibility databases relevant to wheelchair users.
  • Oversees campus initiatives designed to ensure accessibility of printed materials and computer-based information.
  • Resolves allegations of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate with respect to students and community members.

Our Vision

To reframe the issue of disability access as about UNIVERSAL DESIGN and INCLUSION rather than compliance and accommodation.

Our Core Mission

  • Enable campus decision-makers to resolve disability-related issues in a manner most consistent with the University’s longstandingcommitment to full inclusion.
  • Respond promptly and appropriately to disability discrimination complaints based on accurate facts in accordance with applicable legal principles.
  • Eliminate physical barriers to access in campus buildings and pathways.
  • Promote dissemination of accessible University information through alternate media, using appropriate web design standards and assistive technology.

Contact Us

Contact Disability Compliance Officer, Derek Coates,  at esc@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-8996.
Disability Access/Accommodation Complaints