UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) mission to lead and advance strategies for enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, protecting civil rights and upholding dignity for all at UCLA includes supporting our disability community. Throughout the world, about 15% of people, across a multitude of identities, report having a disability [1]. Disability awareness, which we understand as appreciating all forms of disability and the disadvantages and barriers people with disabilities face, is just the beginning. As members of the UCLA community, we all have a responsibility to understand what disabilities are and how people who experience them need support to ensure an equitable student and employee experience. This includes appreciating how social systems, physical, digital, and institutional barriers, and other forms of ableism prevent an equitable and inclusive experience at UCLA and taking measure to remedy this.

EDI’s Supporting Our Disability Community Toolkit is here to help. In this EDI Toolkit, we offer a guide to campus services, resources, clubs and committees, academic programs, accessibility, ableism, disability justice, disability rights, and more, to help educate and inform the campus community about how to cultivate an inclusive, equitable, and anti-ableist culture at UCLA. Creating a culture of inclusion is a collective effort. Please use the resources in this EDI Toolkit to help ensure that disabled students, faculty, and staff are provided an inclusive and equitable UCLA experience.

[1] World Health Organization, & The World Bank. (2011). World report on disability 2011. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241564182

In this EDI Toolkit, you will find:

We value your ideas and input! Please e-mail suggestions and recommendations to rklibaner@equity.ucla.edu.

Last Updated 10/13/2023


ADA/504 Accommodations


EDI’s Civil Rights Office (CRO) has a core mission, to advance opportunity for all members of the UCLA community. CRO investigates all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual violence in order to uphold civil rights protections for the UCLA community including students, staff, faculty and non-faculty academic personnel and patients. CRO’s jurisdiction covers all of UCLA’s campus and UCLA Health. Through these efforts, CRO helps advance the mission of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout UCLA and ensures that the university remains in compliance with applicable federal law, state law and UC policy concerning protections under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations.
EDI CRO advances the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and all our educational and workplace civil rights laws, is for each of us to have the chance to pursue our education and do the kind of work we want to do — free from discrimination and barriers to inclusion. But this does not happen automatically. It requires concerted action by all of us.

On July 26, 2022, the ADA will turn 32 years old. While our country has made much progress since the creation of the ADA, there is still much more to be done. The development of law and policy has shifted societal expectations, yet there is still a long way to go to make sure that we fulfill the promise of the ADA.

At UCLA, advancing the rights of people with disabilities is central to all of our equity and inclusion work. In the EDI CRO, through our public education and training, we are committed to combating stigma, and prioritizing inclusion. We are educating our community regarding the duty to accommodate and ensuring that all UCLA community members with disabilities are aware of available resources. We are also working to reduce barriers to hiring and recruitment of persons with disabilities and investigating complaints of disability discrimination, when they arise.

In the upcoming months, EDI CRO will be hiring an ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer, who will be part of EDI CRO and administer all aspects of compliance (on UCLA’s campus and throughout UCLA Health) with federal and state disability laws, as well as University policies and procedures pertaining to protections for persons with disabilities. The position will also interpret law and policy and act as a liaison for the campus disabled community and the public. In addition, the ADA/504 Officer will provide training, evaluate accommodation requests, and assesses the physical environment.

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You cannot end or fight ableism without also ending and fighting all other forms of oppression and violence. Disabled people are part of every community and it is impossible and harmful to separate disability from our fight for liberation.