Students with Disabilities

The UHS Tang Center is committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities have equal access to health at UC Berkeley.

We offer a wide range of services for students with disabilities to help them achieve all their academic endeavors while managing their important health and wellness needs.

Go Tang! Guide to Getting Started at Tang

Everything you need to know about getting started at the campus health services: how to make an appointment, how much (and how) you pay for services, what's free, important phone numbers, directory of our services, and how to use insurance at Tang. View the online version here.

Transportation

University Health Services/Tang Center 
2222 Bancroft Way #4300 
Berkeley, CA 94720-4300 
The Tang Center is located on Bancroft Way at the southwest corner of campus, between Ellsworth and Fulton (Oxford) Streets. See Campus map. 
Directions to Tang from off campus 

Campus Shuttles
Campus and LBNL shuttles [(510) 642-5149] stop at Ellsworth and Bancroft Way, 1/2 block from the Tang Center. The Loop offers intra-campus rides for eligible faculty, staff, and students with disabilities. 

Public Transportation
The Tang Center is a short walk from the Berkeley BART station (510) 465-2278 and AC Transit bus stops (510) 839-2882). See the Visitor's Center page for details. 

Local Taxi Cabs
Click here for a listing of local taxi companies

East Bay Paratransit
Public transit service 

Plan your trip with 511.org

Urgent Care
Free drop-off parking (30 minutes) is provided at the Tang Center Urgent Care entrance, off Durant Avenue, for Urgent Care visits only. 

Public Parking for Visitors
Metered street parking is located on Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue.

Public Parking Lots 
Durant Avenue, between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street (two blocks east of the Tang Center)

Holders of campus C, F, or S permits
Use the Ellsworth parking structure at Ellsworth Street and Channing Way.

Holders of campus C, F, or M permits
Use the Recreational Sports Facility lot on Bancroft at Ellsworth (located across the street from Tang)

* Campus parking in the vicinity is not always available. Visitors are encouraged to use alternative methods of transportation, if this is an available option.

Appointments

How do I get in? 

  • Call to make an appointment - (510) 642-2000 (TTY/TDD line 510-643-1233 )
  • Call for counseling appointments - (510) 642-9494
  • Schedule an appointment online through eTang patient portal
  • Call the Advice Nurse - (510) 643-7197
  • Go to Urgent Care and see the Triage Nurse

After Hours & Emergencies During Closed Hours

When the Tang Center is closed, there are several options for seeking care. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. The nearest hospital emergency room is Alta Bates on 2450 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley. View our online after-hours resources or call our after-hours referral line at 510-643-7197 to find out more about how to get care when we are closed. Students with SHIP can call the 24/7 Nurseline at (800) 681-4065.

Medical

The Tang Center is the one-stop-shop for health concerns of all Berkeley students. More than 90% of your medical needs can be take care of right here at Tang! Our core medical services include Primary Care (like a family doctor’s office), Urgent Care (drop in clinic for urgent concerns), Specialty Clinic (specialists from the community operate clinic hours at Tang), Physical Therapy, onsite digital Radiology, Laboratory, and Pharmacy. To make your visit as smooth as possible, we recommend you connect with our staff in advance (or at time of appointment scheduling) to let them know about your disability and any special needs you require during your visit. 

Prevention is key to building a lifetime of wellness! Find out more about preventative health recommendations here.

Counseling

All UC Berkeley students get up to five free counseling sessions every year through Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). We offer group, individual and couples counseling to help you with personal, academic, career and health-related issues, as well as urgent help for crisis concerns. Several staff have strong backgrounds working with students with disabilities beyond - or in addition to - psychiatric needs. Call (510) 642-9494 to get started. 

Social Services

Social Services provides confidential services and counseling to help students with managing problems that can emerge from illness such as financial, academic, legal, family concerns, and more. In addition, Social Services specializes in helping students with:

  • support for health concerns-new diagnoses or ongoing conditions for chronic health management
  • alcohol/drugs - problems related to one's own or a family member's use
  • sexual assault/rape
  • relationship or other violence
  • pregnancy resources and referrals

Specifically, Social Services can also help disabled students with:

  • Emotional support and problem solving for students with physical disabilities, chronic illness
  • Explore ways to address financial stress caused by an unexpected medical emergency 
  • Academic adjustments, including medical withdrawal when needed

Find out more about Social Services here.

Physical Therapy

University Health Services provides affordable outpatient orthopedic physical therapy services to students by referral from a clinician. On occasion Physical Therapy needs are best met by referral to a community specialist. Examples include: students with a need for ongoing PT or specific equipment.

Find out more about our Physical Therapy services here.

Advice Nurse

Not sure what to do? Call our Advice Nurse line, staffed by our nurses Monday-Friday during the day (510) 643-7197, or send a secure message to the Advice Nurse through the eTang portal. When we are closed, you'll be automatically connected with an after-hours service that can guide you to the closest medical facility if you need care before we reopen.

Be Well at Cal

College students work hard and face high stress. Students with disabilities are likely to encounter stress on a daily basis, whether it’s remembering to take medication on time, coordinating medical care and insurance needs, learning to become independent for the first time, or even trying to manage attendants. We can help!

  • Be Well to Do Well campaign offers resources and tools to help college students manage stress.
  • Look for the Signs helps students identify the signs of depression and learn the ways to seek help for self or others who might be struggling.
  • Health Promotion offers other ways to support students’ wellbeing, such as free Health Coaching session and a free first-come, first-serve massage chair located in the Health Promotion department on the second floor of Tang.
  • Stay connected with us all year long via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our monthly wellness eNewsletter.
  • Join us for monthly Pet Hugs with pet therapy dogs on the first Tuesday of every month during the academic year

Berkeley SHIP

We know health insurance can be confusing, and our staff is here to answer any question: give us a call at (510) 642-5700 or ship@uhs.berkeley.edu. Visit SHIP to learn about benefits (medical, counseling, pharmacy, vision and dental), definitions of healthcare terms, insurance for spouses and/or children, and how to use your insurance plan. The SHIP Nurseline telephone nurse advice service is available to all members by phone during all hours, every day at (800) 681-4065. SHIP members also receive OnCall International worldwide medical and travel assistance. Search for OnCall through the Aetna Student Health website for details or contact OnCall International Program at (866) 525-1956 within the United States and 00-1-603-328-1956 outside the United States.

Confidentiality

Patient confidentiality is very important to us. We can reassure you that your appointments with clinicians, counselors, and other UHS staff are confidential. By law, your parents, friends, professors, coaches, and other school officials do not have access to your UHS records.
  • Medical Records: The only way that someone may know about your appointment is if you tell her/him, you give us written permission to release information, or we are required by law. 
  • Counseling Records: Like medical records, these are protected by law. In addition, counseling records are kept separately from medical records.
  • Find out more about our privacy practices, including how to file a complaint if you believe your privacy has been violated.

Suggestions/Complaints

We welcome your input on how we can improve our services for students with disabilities. You can give Tang feedback in several ways – via email , secure message, phone, or in person. There are several suggestion boxes throughout Tang for feedback, and anonymous patient satisfaction surveys sent to patients throughout the year. 

Additional Resources

ON CAMPUS

Disabled Students Program         
260 Cesar Chavez Student Center #4250
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-0518
Offers academic advising, academic accommodations, attendant referral, alternative media, disability access services, and DSP student grants

Disabled Students Residence Program (DSRP) 
260 Cesar Chavez Student Center #4250
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-8898
Independent living skills training for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumers/students. DSRP services serve any DOR consumer/UC Berkeley student who would benefit from independent living skills training while attending school at UC Berkeley.

The Campus Access Guide is a web and downloadable PDF guide that provides comprehensive information about physical access to the campus and policies and procedures related to full participation in campus activities.

Various campus groups of interesthttp://dsp.berkeley.edu/programs/trio-dsp

Professional Development and Disability course
Taught by Paul Hippolitus and Connie Chiba's "Exploring Learning Differences and Developing Strategies for Success" for students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities (both are taught each semester).

RSF 101 – No Limits Program
Students with a mobility, hearing, vision or invisible disability interested in using the Rec Sports facilities have options to accommodate many needs? 

OFF CAMPUS

Disabled Community Health Clinic  
2001 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 204-4738
Bowel and bladder issues, pressure sore management, spasticity, wheelchair assessments.

California Children’s Services (CCS)
1000 Broadway  Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 208-5970
Assisting eligible young adults less than 21 years of age with specialized medical care, physical and occupational therapy and durable medical equipment needs.

Center for Independent Living (CIL)    
3075 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 841-4776
Providing Information and referral about assistive technology, wheelchair repair, deaf and deaf/blind services, peer support and more.

Easy Does It Emergency Services 
1936 University Avenue, Suite 191
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 845-5513
info@easydoesitservices.org 
Emergency attendant services, emergency transportation, on-demand transportation, emergency wheelchair repairs, disaster emergency registry.

The BORP Fitness Center 
3075 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 849-4663
Providing classes in yoga, core conditioning, mat pilates for adults with & without disabilities.

 

LOCAL WHEELCHAIR / MEDICAL SUPPLY RESOURCES

The Shop at CIL                      
2539 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 649-1100

Johnston Medical Supply Inc           
2801 Shattuck Ave 
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 843-2488

Wheelchairs of Berkeley
2911 Shattuck Avenue, 
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-8727

Med Solutions                       
Power/manual wheelchair rentals
(800) 346-1646

Numotion    
610 N Pastoria Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(408) 522-1200

 

ORTHOTICS/PROSTHETICS

CIRS
1250 45th St # 330,
Emeryville, CA 9460
(510) 653-9834

Laurence Orthopedic 
6001 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 
(510) 658-2062

Directions

University Health Services, Tang Center
2222 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720-4300

The Tang Center is located on Bancroft Way at the southwest corner of campus, between Ellsworth and Fulton (Oxford) Streets. See campus map. For more about how to get to the UHS Tang Center, see our Directions page.

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