Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) provides a variety of support services that empower students to gain independence, achieve academic success and develop career goals to demonstrate their full potential. The DRES office serves students with physical, learning, chronic illness and mental health disabilities.

To receive services at DRES, students need to register with the department. Written documentation signed by a physician or practitioner that indicates a specific diagnosis, whether the disability is temporary or permanent, and a description of the functional limitations imposed by the disability can be submitted. Students newly admitted to Cal State Northridge are encouraged to register for services as soon as possible to ensure accommodations are established before the semester begins. Once the documentation has been reviewed, students will be contacted to schedule an intake appointment with a counselor to develop an individualized plan that accommodates their specific needs.

The following are some of the accommodations for which students may be eligible:

  • Access to assistive technology
  • Adjustable classroom furniture (ergonomic chair and/or height adjustable table)
  • Alternate format (conversion of print materials into electronic text, Braille, large print, etc.)
  • Alternative testing
  • Disability-related counseling and advising
  • Registration assistance
  • Shared notes

Students registered with DRES may also be eligible to receive support services, such as specialized workshops, academic coaching, strengths assessment and career assistance.

DRES maintains the privacy of student records, which are considered confidential in accordance with state and federal laws and University policy.


Disability Resources and Educational Services
Director: Jodi Johnson
Bayramian Hall (BH) 110
(818) 677-2684