Berkeley City College’s (BCC) Program & Services for Students with Disabilities (PSSD) operates under mandates set forth in Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; and Title V of the California Code of Regulations.  These laws and regulations govern:

  • Who can be served;
  • The procedures required to determine if a student qualifies for services;
  • The types of services that can be offered.



Our mission is to provide accommodations and assistance to students with disabilities that facilitate their achieving their educational goals.  We are committed to ensuring that students receive equal access to all programs and services. To that end, we seek to balance the student’s right to access with our obligation to protect the integrity of our college’s programs and services.
Students with disabilities attending BCC and enrolling in classes are expected to meet course goals as outlined in the class syllabus. PSSD services provided depend on:

  • the individual student’s verified disability;
  • his or her educational limitations;
  • the course requirements

A review of each student’s progress is conducted on semester-by-semester basis. This review ensures that the student is making measurable progress toward his or her stated goals, and that the services provided are appropriate to the student’s educational needs.  

Eligibility for Services

Students receiving services through PSSD must have documentation of disability in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mobility, visual, hearing, or speech disability
  • Learning disability (LD)
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Developmental delayed learner
  • Psychological disability
  • Other chronic or health-related limitations that adversely affect
    educational performance


Steps to Receiving Services from the PSSD Program

    1. Complete the online application for the Peralta Community Colleges.
    2. Schedule a date for an English and Math assessment by calling 981-2804 for an appointment. If you need an accommodation for the assessment, inform the Assessment Office when you schedule your appointment.
    3. Provide verification of disability to the PSSD office. Documentation verifying a disability may include, but is not limited to:
      • high school special education plans (IEPs);
      • medical records or reports;  
      • psychological evaluations or assessments; 
      • LD testing from another California community college.
    4. Complete the financial aid/fee waiver forms if applicable.
    5. Obtain placement test scores and transcripts from other schools if needed for education planning.
    6. Schedule an appointment with a PSSD Counselor in Room 261 or by calling (510) 981-2812.

Note:  Students may obtain a Disability Verification Form from the PSSD Office in Room 261. The Disability Verification Form must be completed, signed, and dated by the qualified professional who has working knowledge of your disability.  A qualified professional may include a case worker, a physician, a psychologist, an LD Specialist, or other qualified professional.  

Academic Accommodations

To afford students with disabilities equal access to BCC’s programs and activities, we offer academic accommodations.  Academic accommodations allow students the same participation available to students without disabilities and may come in the form of services or alternate methods designed to help students meet academic tasks.  Accommodations are prescribed by the PSSD counselor based upon review of the student’s individual needs, the documentation of disability, a student’s course selection, and a student’s academic goals.  Academic and disability-management counseling are available throughout a student’s participation in PSSD.
Academic accommodations may include:

  • priority registration 
  • note-takers
  • assistive technology
  • specialized equipment
  • interpreters or steno captioning
  • testing accommodations
  • alternate media. 


Office Hours 

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the PSSD office, Room 261,  is open from 9 am to 4:45 pm; Monday through Friday. Students interested in PSSD should come to the office or call (510) 981-2812 or (510) 981-2813 to make an appointment with a counselor. Throughout the week, drop-in hours for counseling may also be available so please inquire with the PSSD front office for specific times.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment early in the pre-registration period so PSSD staff can arrange the required support services for the first day of classes.  

Additional Information

  • The Alternate Media Website is a set of pages with information for students and faculty that describes policy and methodologies for producing and delivering alternate formats as well as related assistive technologies.
  • Online Learning for College Students with Disabilities is a site containing useful resources that includes online learning for students and families with disabilities, best practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities, technology supporting the community, how to evaluate online  learning programs, and much more.
Program Staff
Elisa Jaw Coordinator/Counselor (510) 981-2835
Maricela Becerra LD Specialist (510) 981-2929
Roberto Gonzalez Alternate Media Specialist (510) 981-2826
Aidan Carter Instructional Assistant (510) 981-2984
Dolores Harshaw Staff Assistant (510) 981-2813
Lynn Massey Staff Assistant (510) 981-2812
Lena Morita Alternate Media Assistant (510) 981-2826
Joyce Russell Academic Counselor (510) 981-2959
Jessica Kumar Academic Counselor (510) 981-2812
Misty Trujillo Academic Counselor (510) 981-2812