Staff Alliance for Disability Access (SADA)

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

SADA meets every three 3 weeks on Wednesday (per availability) at 12 PM in various locations on campus. To be sure that our meetings are accessible to everyone, we will be streaming them on ZOOM. Please feel free to join us by clicking on the SADA ZOOM meeting link below:

SADA ZOOM MEETING LINK   For Phone Only dial in please call +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) meeting ID 535-149-9536


Sidalia Reel, Director of Staff Diversity Initiatives

SADA Community Services

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Accommodation Best Practices

This document clarifies the rights and responsibilities of employers and individuals with disabilities regarding reasonable accommodations.

Document URL:

Staff OMSBUDS OFFICE: to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (510) 642-7823.

The Staff Ombuds Office is an independent department that provides strictly confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution and problem-solving services for all Staff, Non-Senate Academics, and Faculty who perform management functions. See the Services page for more information, or download a flyer.

Workplace Accommodations | For questions about workplace accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, please go to: Job Accommodation Network

Faculty/Staff Disability Management | For consultative services to faculty and staff with respect to disability issues impacting work, please go to, Faculty/Staff Disability Management:


Disability Employment Open House - Oct 18, 2018

University Hall, Room 24

Employment Flyer

Employment Flyer (Agenda, FAQ's and Information)

Past events

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), UC Berkeley will host the following event:

Disability Employment Open House
Monday, October 30, 12 noon – 2:30PM in University Hall, Room 24 (basement level) 

(The accessible entrance is located at the entrance on the South side of the building. Enter the doors at the South side of the building, travel to the North side of the building and take one of the two elevators down to the basement level and exit the elevator. Turn left and walk directly into room 24.)

This event, organized by Campus Shared Services Recruitment and the Disability Compliance Office, is a chance for job applicants with disabilities (including current Berkeley staff) to meet with recruiters, and other campus representatives, to gain information on accommodations in the recruitment process and in the workplace, and to obtain practical, hands-on help applying for jobs. For more information, contact Sr. CSS Recruiter Yahaira Maldonado at

To request disability-related accommodations to attend the event, please contact Disability Compliance Officer Derek Coates asap. Email Disability Compliance Officer Derek Coates at

Check out our flyer for this event!

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 (  Let us all be and remain safe!!

Derek Coates
Disability Compliance Officer
U.C. Berkeley