• DRES Learning Support Accomodations

Learning Support, Accommodations and Resources

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) offers accommodations that support learning. Some of the accommodations you may be eligible for include:

  • Alternative testing, which provides extra time, a quiet room, a scribe, etc.
  • Shared notes
  • Alternate media, such as conversion of classroom print materials into electronic text, Braille, large print, etc.
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Accessible classroom furniture, such as ergonomic chairs, height adjustable tables, etc.
  • Disability related counseling and advising
  • Registration assistance

In addition, DRES offers a variety of learning support services to encourage your success. These services include specialized workshops, academic coaching, disability management counseling, strengths assessment and career assistance. Academic advisement for general education courses is also available, along with assistance in selecting courses. Our counselors assist students in selecting courses when disability accommodations are needed; however, academic advisement must be conducted through your major's department office. Even if you did not register for DRES services when you first began at California State University, Northridge, you are welcome at any point in your academic career to schedule an appointment and begin the registration process.

Alternative Testing

Alternative Testing
DRES provides alternative testing for students who have difficulty taking tests. Accommodations might include extra time, a reader, a scribe, use of a computer, enlarged print, and/or other accommodations determined by a DRES Counselor. This service must be authorized by a DRES Counselor.
All services are requested on the Student Access and Accommodations System (SAAS) for each class.
1. A DRES Counselor verifies the disability and authorizes testing accommodations.
2. Each semester, log-in to SAAS to request your Alternative Testing Accommodation(s) for each course, if applicable.
Note: Only request the accommodations you will be using for each course.
3. A DRES counselor will evaluate your request and approve or deny the request.
Note: If the request is denied, contact a DRES counselor.
4. Once approved, contact your professor to discuss how your accommodations will be utilized for this course.
5. If arranging your exams with DRES, instructor needs to create an exam profile for the course.
6. Once your instructor completes the exam profile, you may log in to SAAS and request an exam date and time.
7. Your instructor will review the requested exam date and time, and approve or deny the request in a timely manner. SAAS will send you an email if the instructor denies the exam date and time. If denied, read the comments left by the instructor and speak to him or her about scheduling conflicts.
8. Approved exam dates and times are placed on the alternative testing exam schedule.
9. You must manage your alternative testing exam schedule (requesting additional exams, cancellations, etc.)
If you are taking your exam in the DRES office, please arrive early and you bring your CSUN photo ID.


On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Department of Rehabilitation
The California Department of Rehabilitation assists individuals with disabilities by providing services and advocacy in relation to finding employment and independent living accommodations. The Department of Rehabilitation has numerous offices across the state to serve individuals with disabilities.

Independent Living Centre
The Independent Living Centre provides education and awareness about assistive technology resources.

Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability Insurance provides assistance to people with disabilities.

Resources for Veterans