Teaching Students with Disabilities

A “person with a disability” means “any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities (walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working); has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.”

To receive accommodations, students must identify themselves to SDR, present adequate documentation of their disability, and complete an interactive process. Consult SDR for details. In brief, this means:

  • For physical disability, relevant and current documentation indicating the nature, extent, and functional impact of a disability condition.
  • For a learning disability, a current comprehensive written evaluation, including a discrepancy analysis and scores, completed by a qualified professional such as a licensed psychologist or certified learning disability specialist, indicating the specific functional limitations.
  • For a psychological disability, a diagnosis, current functional limitations that may impact learning and performance of academic activities, treatment plan and prognosis by a qualified practitioner. 

CSUMB enrolls students with varying disabilities and functional effects of disabilities. SDR serves students who have disabilities such as, and not limited to, the following:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blindness or Visual Impairments
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Illness (HIV/AIDS, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes Fibromyalgia, etc.)
  • Deafness or Hearing Impairments
  • Environmental Illness
  • Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech/Communication Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)


Some disability conditions may interfere with the notetaking process; therefore a notetaker has been approved by SDR for your student after a careful, confidential discussion with the student regarding learning needs. The peer notetaker is provided to supplement the student’s own notes. In a lab situation, the student may need written instructions and/or diagrams of activities in order to master the processes and the learning objectives.

Just as an American Sign Language interpreter transliterates information from you to your students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, the notetaker is summarizing information for an individual who is unable to access the information in a “traditional” manner without accommodations.

All SDR notetakers are peer students who are required to complete online training and to submit a written agreement to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of service provision.

Emergency Crisis Situations

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center (PGCC), at (831) 582-3969 is staffed with professionally trained counselors and staff who are able to help students in crisis situations. In the unlikely event that a student becomes stressed to the point of needing immediate assistance, advise the student of the availability of such services. PGCC is located in Health & Wellness Services (Building 80).