University of California, San Diego
March 20, 2001
SUBJECT: Reaffirmation of UCSD's Commitment to be Accessible to
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides essential civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. Accordingly, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm UCSD'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 UCSD'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 at the World Wide Web address: http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/200-9.HTML. The current list of resource specialists has been updated and is a Supplement to this policy. Additionally, as event notices are prepared, please be aware of 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 [advance notice time frame] prior to this event to request any necessary reasonable accommodations to enable your access and participation."
Please ensure that on and off-campus events are held at facilities that are wheelchair accessible. Also, consider possible accommodation expenses such as hiring sign language interpreters when budgeting for UCSD sponsored events. Department budgets will be the primary source for any funding necessary to implement a reasonable job accommodation for a UCSD faculty or staff member.
You are requested to do all that you can to make certain that UCSD is accessible to all visitors, students, faculty, and staff. By doing so, the University community will become a more welcoming environment.