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Reaffirmation of UC San Diego's Commitment to be Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provide essential civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. Accordingly, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm UC San Diego's commitment to be accessible to individuals with disabilities and not to discriminate due to disability.

We all share the responsibility of safeguarding the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who seek to participate in the full range of UC San Diego's programs, activities, and services. Therefore, as members of the campus community, I encourage you to review and familiarize yourselves with our campus policy available online. The list of resource specialists is current and is a supplement to this policy. If you need assistance in determining whom to contact for assistance, please contact Melissa Williams, the UC San Diego ADA Coordinator, at 858-534-6744.

Additionally, as event notices are prepared, please communicate our willingness to provide reasonable accommodations when necessary to enable access or participation. A sample statement is "Please contact [Name] at [Phone# and e-mail address] at least two weeks notice prior to this event to request any necessary reasonable accommodations to enable your access and participation.

Please ensure that you hold on-campus and off-campus events at facilities that are wheelchair accessible and conform to other accessibility requirements. Also, consider possible accommodation expenses such as hiring sign language interpreters or captionists when budgeting for UC San Diego sponsored events. The budget of an event’s sponsors will be the source of any reasonable accommodation funding necessary to ensure access to the event for people with disabilities. Department budgets will be the primary source for any funding necessary to implement a reasonable job accommodation for a UC San Diego faculty or staff member. If you need assistance with funding issues, please contact Melissa Williams, the UC San Diego ADA Coordinator, at 858-534-6744.

I request that you do all that you can to make certain that UC San Diego is accessible to all visitors, students, faculty, and staff. By doing so, the University community will become a more welcoming environment for individuals with disabilities.

Pradeep K. Khosla

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