February 16, 2012
A Physical Expression of DRC's Philosophy
One of the many ways the University of Arizona’s Disability Resource Center demonstrates its role on campus and its philosophy of disability, diversity and access is through its building, the Highland Commons. While the DRC’s presence on campus dates back to 1970, its current facility opened in April of 2004.
DRC staff and students worked closely with the architects throughout both the design and construction phases, with the goal of creating seamless access and a welcoming and inclusive space. The large lobby, numerous gathering areas and integrated staff and student spaces were designed to foster the development community and to challenge the traditional roles of “client” and “professional.”
The DRC offers not only resources for students, but for faculty, staff and community members.
- Premier gym and fitness area with accessible equipment available to athletes, students and community members
- State of the art assistive technology lab
- Test administration resource to support faculty in the delivery of classroom exams
- Gathering and study spaces for students
- Meeting and collaborative spaces for engaging with faculty, staff and administrators