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Disability & Accommodations

The mission, vision, and core values which include clinical competence, collaboration, discovery, diversity, and excellence, translate to all learners, including those with disabilities. The program actively collaborates with learners to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and creates a respectful, accountable culture through confidential and specialized disability support. UC San Diego School of Medicine is committed to excellence in accessibility and encourages learners with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations. After reviewing the technical standards, learners who determine that they require a reasonable accommodation to engage in the program fully should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities to discuss their accommodations needs confidentially. Given the clinical nature of the physician assistant program, time may be necessary to create and implement the accommodations. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged. To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to an instructional activity, facility, program or service that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity. Both the ADA and Section 504 define disability as: (a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (b) a record of such impairment; or (c) being regarded as having such a condition. In order to respect your privacy and ensure a thoughtful interactive process please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities.