Mission and Purpose

The Staff Alliance for Disability Access (SADA) is a collaborative and supportive campus staff organization that addresses the needs of UC Berkeley staff members with disabilities. "Disabilities" may refer to any combination of physical, psychological, learning, and medical disabilities.


SADA's overall goals include:

  • Promoting a safe, accepting, and welcoming environment on campus for staff with disabilities.
  • Advocating for the recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of staff members with disabilities.
  • Supporting current disabled staff members as they endeavor to pursue their personal well-being and professional progress on campus
  • Supporting current staff members who wish to pursue on-the-job accommodations, and assisting them in developing strategies essential to their personal wellbeing and professional progress on campus
  • Recognizing the key roles of our allies in other campus staff organizations, and acting with them in the service of greater campus equity, inclusion, and diversity.

First-year SADA project goals include:

  • Developing a website and campus-organization presence for SADA, including representation on key campus-org committees
  • Creating an accommodation toolkit for current staff
  • Initiating an alumni/HR recruiting event


Sidalia Reel, Director of Staff Diversity Initiatives

From the SADA Membership

Fire! No Warning

Derek Coates - SADA Member - Sept. 14, 2017 

About a week ago I heard the door to our suite open and a voice say "Hello, UCPD!!"

I thought that odd, but opened my door and went to see what was going on. As I opened my door I heard it.  It was a fire alarm. What???  The kind police officer verbally confirmed what I was hearing.  I am blind and engage in confidential conversations as part of my ordinary work day. With the door to our suite closed, a floor to ceiling wall separating my office from the suite door, the door to my office closed, the fan in my office on medium, the loud constant sound from the Car Wash outside my window, the electronic voice sounds I listen to as I type coming from the headphone on my right ear, the interactive talk sounds emitted from the telephone headset earphone on my left ear, and the white noise throughout our suite, I could not hear the fire alarm.  When I reached the downstairs lobby, there was smoke throughout the lobby but the fireman told me it was okay.  He called me by name, which was kind of cool.  Understandably, I returned to my office stunned.

None of our staff with disabilities should experience what I went through and all should be called by name if they need assistance when a fire alarm or any other disastrous events occur.

Solution:  A laminated card with your contact information, location, disability type can be placed in a fire department key box (Knox box) at your request.  Be sure to tell them to update it if you change office locations and your request can be sent to Zack Phillips (zackphillips@berkeley.edu).  Let us all be and remain safe!!

Disability Compliance Officer
U.C. Berkeley