Student Handbook

General Information for Students with Disabilities

The office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides students with a variety of essential information that will help students with disabilities attending Cal State LA. First are five categories describing the following:

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Resouces

Prospective Student Resources


  • Go to University and OSD Orientations
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Meet with your OSD Counselor
  • Learn how to use the GET system
  • Know where your classes are located
  • Keep copies of all documents submitted to departments/offices
  • Make sure to get the names of the people (staff, faculty, administrators) that you speak with for reference

Form Good Study Habits

  • Read the class syllabus and follow it.
  • Do your homework as soon as possible after class.
  • Maintain good class attendance.
  • Be ready for class -- do the readings before the class so you understand the lectures.

Computer Tips

  • Back up your school files daily.
  • Email yourself files and/or store them on the cloud.
  • If possible, do school work on school computers while you are here.

Working with Faculty

Make regular contact with your instructors (especially during their office hours) – this helps them to know you as a person and not just as a name or a number or that you are registered with OSD. You can also clarify course content and help to insure that the accommodations that you require run smoothly.

Eliminate Stress

  • Try not to procrastinate
  • Seek counseling if you become depressed or too stressed out. You can contact CAPS to schedule an appointment: /studenthealthcenter/caps/about-caps
  • Try some exercise classes if you can to improve your stamina and health.
  • Try medication if you can to reduce stress.
  • Try not skip meals.
  • Get as much rest as you can prior to arriving for class.

Let your OSD Counselor know how you are doing with your college experience. Make an appointment with them or come in to their walk-in hours to discuss any challenges and positive experiences in your college life.

Students needing more information regarding OSD services and accommodations should contact our office.