Accessibility in Buildings, Grounds, and Campus Housing
PSR works to ensure that important private and public spaces on campus are accessible to those who use wheelchairs. Ramps or ground-level doors provide ready access to the administration building, chapel, dining hall, and classrooms. Please consult the PSR campus map and our PSR Campus Accessibility page for details to reach the reception desk, find automatic door openers at the west entrance of Holbrook Hall. Because of the hills around PSR, manually driven wheelchairs can be difficult to maneuver; motorized wheelchairs or scooters are advised.
Accommodations based on Dietary Needs
While PSR may mandate a meal plan depending on student program, type, and registration, students may petition to waive this requirement based on health needs by following the ADA Procedure and Forms along with a physician’s notice regarding your health conditions.
Accommodations based on Learning/ Mental/ Psychological/ Emotional Disabilities
Students may apply to for accommodations for more time, use of various tools and technologies, and in some cases even negotiate alternative modalities for exams and lectures (dependent on the faculty’s capacity to accommodate) based on learning, mental, or psychological disabilities. Consult the ADA Procedure and Forms well in advance before accommodations.
For students who may not necessarily know what accommodations would be most helpful or are unsure of what kind of disability they may have, the student may seek out a third party Education or Learning Assessment which PSR and the GTU do not provide. Students are also encouraged to seek resources, including financial assistance through the Department of Rehabilitation.
Temporary Accommodations and Disability
At times, students may require short-term accommodations due to a variety of reasons such as surgery, short-term illness, etc. For such short term disabilities, students are also encourages to apply for ADA accommodations by consulting the ADA Procedure and Forms and submit a physician’s notice. Students are also encouraged to inform the Disabilities Officer when accommodations are no longer needed.
Other Resources for Students with Disabilities
- Physician Services: Kaiser Permanente
For students enrolled in the GTU Health Insurance Plan with Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser offers psychiatric evaluation, counseling, and group therapy as covered under the insurance plan we offer. If you have health insurance with a different provider, contact your provider to find out more about the evaluation and therapy services they offer. If you have a physical or dietary disability, Kaiser physicians can provide you with a notice of your condition for you to submit with your ADA forms.
- California Department of Rehabilitation
Students with disabilities often are eligible for an evaluation, support, and resources from California’s Department of Rehabilitation. The Berkeley branch by Ashby BART is close and accessible to Berkeley students. Education is sometimes a part of vocational rehabilitation, and for this reason, this service can be especially helpful to PSR students to help identify which assistive technologies may be most helpful to students with disabilities and you may even qualify for financial reimbursement of some educational costs such as tuition and books.
- Software and Technological Tools
Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities (braille for visually impaired, high quality text-to-speech books)
- Kurzweil Scanning
For reading materials not readily available in Bookshare or with text-to-speech, Kurzweil scans in text and applies OCR to enable text-to-speech
- The Pomodoro Technique
- Educational Assessments
If you think you might have a learning disability but aren’t sure, you may want to seek an Learning or Educational Assessment. The Bay Area has several resources for assessing a learning or other disability. Some local services include:
- Animals as Accommodations Policy
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- ADA Policies from the Federal Government