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Portrait of Student Disability Center

Jane Rosenberg ’79 is advancing opportunity by supporting the UC Davis Student Disability Center

Jane Rosenberg ’79 has always been one of her daughter Lillian’s biggest advocates. When
Lillian Deas ’14 was diagnosed with dysgraphia—a learning disability  that in Lillian’s case involves the order of letters and numbers —in the fourth grade, Rosenberg worked with teachers to help ensure Lillian had the tools she needed to succeed in the classroom.

Now that Lillian is UC Davis student pursuing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, Rosenberg is pleased that the UC Davis Student Disability Center is helping Lillian and other students like her by providing resources and support they need to succeed in college.

“From the moment we came on campus the staff at the Student Disability Center were so helpful. From that time on I felt like I had an advocate on campus for my daughter,” Rosenberg said.

In order to support the center that has helped their daughter, Rosenberg made a donation to the Student Disability Center, which enabled the center to purchase more than forty smart pens to be loaned to SDC students as an accommodation for a wide variety of disabilities.  A smart pen is a high-tech computerized pen that records the student’s handwritten notes and the audio from lectures and syncs them together into an interactive, searchable, downloadable document or transcript available on the student’s computer or mobile device. It’s a tool that has made a tremendous difference to dozens of UC Davis students, including Lillian.

“I’m so proud of her. With her disability she’s obviously had to work really hard and had to put in more time than most kids,” said Rosenberg, alumna of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. “In my opinion, it’s been easier for her to find her way in college because of the Student Disability Center.”

In order to support other elements of their daughter’s college experience, Rosenberg and and her husband Steve Deas have also given to the UC Davis Parents Fund—which supports student scholarships, faculty awards and other campus priorities—and are members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s parent and family program.

“When you are a UC Davis parent, giving becomes more personal,” Rosenberg said. “Steve and I wanted to do something to support our daughter’s college experience and other students like her.”