We ensure students with disabilities get equal access to all academic and university programs

We work with students that have learning disabilities, ADHD, chronic health conditions, traumatic brain injuries, hearing impairments, physical disabilities, psychological disorders, visual impairments and other health impairments. We also assist students who experience temporary medical conditions and injuries who may need accommodations. Furthermore, we consult with students who suspect they may have a disability or are referred by a faculty or staff member.  Whether you're a new student at Pacific or a current student just now checking out our resources, we'd be happy to talk with you about the services that we provide.

University of the Pacific is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the University's obligations under law. No qualified person with a disability shall be excluded from participating in any University program, nor be denied benefits of any University program, or otherwise be subject to discrimination on the basis of such disability. 

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Apply for our services

Whether you are a new or current student, you can apply for our services through an online application. We look forward to working with you and providing services in support of your educational goals.

Contact us

McCaffrey Center — Second Floor, Room 229

Phone: 209.946.3221, Fax: 209.946.2278

Email: ssd@pacific.edu 

Daniel Nuss, Director | 209.946.3221 | dnuss@pacific.edu

Office Hours

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A developmental disability, according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is defined as a severe, chronic disability which:

  • originated at birth or during childhood,
  • is expected to continue indefinitely, and
  • substantially restricts the individual's functioning in several major life activities.

A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with an individual's ability to store, process, or produce information. Learning disabilities can affect one's ability to read, write, speak, spell, compute math, reason and also affect an individual's attention, memory, coordination, social skills and emotional maturity

A psychological disorder is defined as a wide range of mental conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior.  Some common disorders within this category are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Major Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc.

A physical disability is defined as a physical impairment which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry our day-to-day activities.  Specific impairments can include but are not limited to vision, hearing, mobility. etc.