Disability Resources leads the campus in the creation of inclusive learning and working environments and facilitates access through innovative services, programs, and partnerships. Disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to our society and to the University of Arizona campus community. Disability Resources collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create a campus environment that is usable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive of all members of the university community.
Disability Resources is committed to the principles of universal design and believes University experiences should be designed to be usable by all to the greatest extent possible, without the need for individual adjustments. Identifying and removing barriers to access at the design stage can result in enhanced participation and minimize the need for individual accommodations.
In the curricular arena, Disability Resources’ staff works proactively with instructors in re-imagining the design of their courses using concepts from universal design for learning. Our goal is to encourage faculty to think broadly about all the different characteristics students may bring to the classroom and to create educational experiences that will maximize engagement. When we are successful in this partnership, students will have access without the need for individual classroom accommodations.
Disability Resources offers a number of services to facilitate access, such as Sign Language interpreting, Communication-Access Real-Time writing (CART), alternative print formats, captioning, and assistive technology. Additionally, the Disability Resource Center houses an adaptive fitness center, student lounge, and exam administration office on-site. The Adaptive Athletics Program is the largest in the country, with six competitive teams.
If individuals encounter academic, employment, physical, technology, or other barriers on campus, Disability Resources’ staff is available to partner to find good solutions or to implement reasonable accommodations
To create inclusive and sustainable learning and working environments and facilitate access, discourse, and involvement through innovative services and programs, leadership, and collaboration.
Informed by disability studies and the “concept” of universal design:
- Create inclusive physical, information, curricular, and social environments by engaging and supporting the campus community in progressive system change.
- Improve the recruitment, transition, retention and graduation of disabled students.
- Increase the hiring and retention of disabled employees.
- Develop strategies and partnerships that will enhance the status of adaptive athletics.
- Ensure the effective delivery of accommodations with a minimum of extra effort required by the disabled consumer.
- Collaborate with the department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies and the University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities on disability-related research, education, practice and service.
- Provide opportunities for professional development, personal growth, and staff interaction.