Phoenix College believes academically qualified individuals with disabilities should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education; we foster an environment that encourages full participation by students with disabilities in every segment of the College. The Disability Resources & Services (DRS) Department was established to help ensure an accessible college experience for students with disabilities. Our department provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the disability-related needs in accordance with the Americans 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 equitable and independent manner possible. DRS coordinates services to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to college programs and facilities.
Disability Resources & Services (DRS) coordinates and provides services based on the student's 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
- Preferred 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
DRS also provides adaptive computer equipment and software designed for people with disabilities.
DRS provides assistance to students who have either a physical or mental impairment that 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.