Getting Started

If you are new to Student Disability Resources (SDR) and have not yet received disability accommodations, you need to register with SDR first.

CSUMB has Disability Resource Advisors for students. The SDR Advisor’s role is to assist students with gaining access to university programs and services such as accommodations for academic courses and housing. The SDR Advisor refers students to other campus employees and advises about procedures. The SDR Advisor may also provide recommendations about resources off campus such as the California Department of Rehabilitation and referrals to other agencies and services.

To get started with SDR, please follow these steps:

Step #1

Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our advisors! You can give our office a call or visit our office located in Health & Wellness Services (Building 80). Our office is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and can be reached at (831) 582-3672.

If you are a current CSUMB student, you can schedule an appointment online!

How to Schedule an Appointment Online

  1. Open accommodate in a separate tab of your browser.
  2. Select Make an appointment/****Begin your accommodation request
  3. Log in using your CSUMB username and Password (Your CSUMB username is 4 letters and 4 numbers).
  4. Select the Appointment Menu Tab and click the Request New Appointment button.
  5. Select the Type drop down box.
  6. If you are not currently a client of the office - Select New SDR Otter (60 min);
  7. If you are already receiving services through SDR –select Continuing SDR Otter (30 min)
  8. Adjust the date range and days of the week to reflect your availability.
  9. Select Check Availability.
  10. On the right side click on the name of the advisor /the date and time combination that works best for your schedule.
  11. Enter the purpose of your appointment any additional information you think we need to know and click the Submit Request button. (Although you will receive an email verifying that you requested and appointment - Your request must be approved by SDR staff - Please confirm your appointment with SDR)
  12. You will receive an Appointment reminder email 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  13. If you get stuck or would like to schedule your appointment by phone, please call SDR (831) 582-3672. You can also come to the SDR Office in the Health and Wellness Services building (Bldg. 80) suite 110 to schedule in person.

Step #2

Obtain current documentation of your disability from a qualified medical doctor or disability specialist with an explanation as to how your disability limits your participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities of the university. SDR urges students with learning disabilities to provide comprehensive documentation based on adult assessment instruments. Most community colleges provide learning disability assessment or learning skills assessment service through enrollment in a specific course. Contact the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) at the community college nearest to you. Current CSUMB students who have not been assessed for learning disabilities are encouraged to meet by appointment with SDR to discuss off campus option for assessment. Submitting your documentation well before the beginning of your first semester is strongly recommended. This allows time for updates, if necessary.

For assistance with developing a plan to obtain a comprehensive learning disability assessment or other disability verification using CSU guidelines, meet by appointment with CSU Monterey Bay’s Disability Resources Advisor. To schedule an appointment, please call (831) 582-3672.

For general information about local practitioners regarding psychological conditions, please schedule an appointment with SDR. You can reach SDR by telephone at (831) 582-3672.

SDR will file official documentation of your disability, including information about manifestations of the disability. SDR will ensure that disability-related documents and communication are kept confidential.

Step #3

Students new to SDR assess and state their needs. Complete a Needs Assessment Form and submit it to SDR. This form is also available at the SDR office.

Needs Assessment Form

Step #4

Meet with a SDR advisor!

Meet with an SDR Advisor to discuss your specific needs and determine reasonable accommodations. The following questions will be answered in the process:

  • what accommodations are provided
  • when they will be provided
  • who is responsible for providing accommodations
  • how they will be provided

Standard procedures, established by SDR, for auxiliary aids and services (e.g., sign language, document conversion to alternate formats, test taking facilitation, academic assistant) will be included. Some students may need more than one meeting for full consideration of needs. Students who utilize alternative formats, sign language interpreters or other time intensive accommodations are strongly urged to meet with an SDR Advisor well in advance of their first term as these accommodations may require up to 6 weeks to organize. To set up an appointment with the SDR Advisor, call (831) 582-3672 (voice) or (831) 582-5307 (TTY), or email student_disability_resources@csumb.edu.

Step #5

Attend SDR Student Orientation!

Welcome to CSU, Monterey Bay!

This semester in place of a face to face Orientation for FALL 2017, SDR has decided to provide orientation information on its website. On this page, you can review and download all documents shared with students when attending an orientation to learn more about accommodation services, how to obtain these services, and additional resources available on campus and off campus.

Please call us, email or visit our office with any questions!

Orientation Materials