The mission of the Disability Services Center at UCI is to empower students to maximize their abilities to thrive in today’s global community. DSC is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion at UCI; including accessible and inclusive learning that utilizes principles of Universal Design and Diversity which benefit all student populations.
This mission touches all aspects of the student experience for those registered with DSC. In order to enhance and provide the most positive student experience in an inclusive environment, donors play a vital part in the success of our mission. The donations given by our generous donors provide us with ways to go beyond the annual DSC budget and to continue to be leaders in the area of inclusivity for all.
Development and Donor Opportunities
Gifts can be one time donations or ongoing, regularly scheduled giving. There are several options available for designating your gift to DSC. These include, but are not limited to:
- Scholarship funds
- Equipment purchases
- Mental health assessments
- Funding of programs and events to enhance awareness
- Giving Day contributions
- Alumni gifts
- Miscellaneous gifts to be used where needed
Amber Harrison & Freddy Martinez, recipients of the 2018 Dr. Lorna Carlin M.D. Scholarship
The Disability Services Center (DSC) was excited to present the Dr. Lorna Carlin M.D. Scholarship in fall of 2018. Amber Harrison and Freddy Martinez received $2,500 each thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Lorna Carlin.
I am truly honored to be the first recipient of the Dr. Lorna Carlin Scholarship award. As a first generation, low-income, transfer student and an adult learner with a disability, I have faced many obstacles which have proven to be difficult, yet I am absolutely blessed to have the support of Dr. Carlin and the wonderful staff at the Disability Services Center. Receiving the Dr. Carlin scholarship award validates that I am on the right path to success. The Dr. Carlin Scholarship celebrates my past accomplishments and supports my educational and career goals. I am more enthusiastic than ever to pursue my future endeavors and have the attention of so many wonderful individuals at UC Irvine who support me as my authentic self. - Amber
I am very grateful to be receiving this scholarship from Dr. Carlin and the DSC. Thanks to this scholarship, I will now be able to afford enrolling in a MCAT preparation course. This will help me immensely once I begin preparing for the MCAT and applying for admission into medical school. - Freddy
Haben Girma, October 2018
As part of Disability Awareness Month, DSC invited Haben Girma to speak, and meet with staff, faculty, and students. Girma, the first Deaf Blind person to graduate from Harvard Law, is an advocate, educator, and world renowned speaker. Events like this are part of DSCs commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion.
Smartpens for students with disabilities
Thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Lorna Carlin, M.D., DSC was able to refresh and expand our collection of smartpens. Smartpens and other assistive technologies allow students to focus their time and energy on their classes.