Because Phoenix College believes academically qualified individuals with disabilities should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education, we have been actively involved in fostering an environment that encourages full participation by students with disabilities in every segment of the College. The Disability Resources & Services (DRS) office was established to help ensure an accessible and positive college experience for students with disabilities. Our Office provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
The mission of the Disability Resources & Services (DRS) office is to create a vital learning environment that provides the resources, services and auxiliary aids necessary to allow each qualified student with a disability to pursue academic, occupational, developmental and personal enrichment goals in the most fair and independent manner possible. The DRS coordinates services which will ensure students with disabilities equal access to college programs and facilities.
The Disability Resources & Services (DRS) office coordinates and provides a variety of services based the student's individual needs. Examples of some of these services include the following:
- Academic accommodations
- Faculty consultation
- A variety of reasonable accommodations
- Contact with agencies servicing people with disabilities.
- Special testing arrangements: extended time, reader or separate room
- Special classroom seating
- Assistance with obtaining alternate format or large print textbooks and Braille materials for the visually impaired
- Use of assistive technology
- Information and referral
The DRS also provides adaptive computer equipment and software specifically designed for people with disabilities.
The DRS provides assistance to student's who have either a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Examples of disabilities include: physical disabilities, dyslexia, visual impairments, hearing impairments, AIDS/HIV, psychological disorders, learning disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. To receive services students must provide the DRS office with current documentation of their disability from a qualified health professional.