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Introduction to DRC

Disability Resources leads the campus in the creation of inclusive learning and working environments and facilitates access, discourse, and involvement 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. The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty and staff to create educational environments that are usable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive of all members of the university community. However, if you encounter academic or physical barriers on campus, DRC staff is available to partner with you in finding good solutions or to implement reasonable accommodations.

DRC works proactively with instructors in re-imagining the design of their courses. 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 be meaningful to each of them. When we are successful in this partnership, you may not need to use the individual classroom accommodations you have used before. An example is note-taking. When an instructor posts class notes on an open Website for all students, the individual accommodation of ‘note-taking’ may not be required.

Mission and Goals

Our Mission

To create inclusive and sustainable learning and working environments and facilitate access, discourse, and involvement through innovative services and programs, leadership, and collaboration.

Goals

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.