March 29, 2013
Is there a different admissions process or any special considerations for disabled students? No, the admissions process is the same for all students applying to the UA. The UA utilizes a comprehensive review process that takes into account many factors including students unique life experiences. The short answer personal narrative gives prospective students the opportunity to discuss unique characteristics and personal achievements; this answer is considered in their application. UA’s admissions process requires all students meet minimum standards and offers a consistent review of all materials.
In high school I had a 504 Plan and/or used accommodations. Are these same accommodations available at the UA? Accommodations are available at the UA, however no accommodations will automatically translate to the University level. DRC will work with you and your instructors individually to address any questions you have regarding course access and requests for accommodations. Accommodations provide access to a University experience; they are reasonable and do not compromise academic rigor. Examples of accommodations are: waivers of essential courses such as second language or math requirements, waivers of absences or individual tutoring, and testing accommodations.
What do I need to do to be approved for accommodations at the UA? For accommodations, you must get connected with DRC by completing a short online form (DRC http://drc.arizona.edu/students/register-with-drc). You will then be invited to meet with an Access Consultant to discuss any previous use of reasonable accommodations and specific requests for accommodations at the UA. All accommodation requests are determined on an individual case by case basis.
Is there a deadline to sign up for and receive accommodations? There is no *deadline* to become affiliated with DRC, however, earlier in the semester is best. Requests for accommodations that happen at the last minute may not be able to be coordinated given time constraints.
How do I set up accommodations at the UA? The DRC works closely with faculty in the design of inclusive and accessible curriculum (course design, testing, activities). Together, we work to identify and remove any barriers to access. As a result, many students with disabilities at the University find the individual accommodations required in other environments are no longer necessary. Barriers to courses and potential accommodations will be discussed after you have registered for classes.
You will work with your Access Consultant to explore strategies, communication and access options. When meeting with your Access Consultant at the beginning of the semester, you will discuss your previous academic experiences, skills and services you used to be successful.
If accommodations outside of the classroom are necessary to ensure access, your Access Consultant will guide you through the process to set them up.
What documentation is required? You are welcome to provide any paperwork – Educational Evaluation, IEP, medical diagnosis or information of previous use of accommodations. Should additional information be needed, an Access Consultant will discuss this with you.
Once I have signed up with DRC, what happens next? Once you have completed the online form, and provided any paperwork, you will be contacted by an Access Consultant who will schedule an interview with you to discuss potential barriers to access in your courses or on campus as well as any potential accommodations.
Your Access Consultant will be your point of contact during your time at the UA to assist you in accessing DRC services and provide other relevant information on campus resources.
You can also call (520-621-3268) and make an appointment to meet with your Access Consultant at the start of the fall semester (first or second week of class – ideally). If you have already attended classes, bring your class syllabi with you to your first meeting with your Access Consultant.
Throughout out the semester, come in to see your Access Consultant with any questions or if your accommodations are not effective.
What is the difference between DRC and SALT? The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the office designated to provide services, resources, and programs to facilitate accessible learning and working opportunities for disabled faculty, staff, students, and guests of the University of Arizona. Hence, DRC will facilitate any accommodations. There is NO cost associated with accommodations. For students interested in specialized services (tutoring, learning strategies), SALT is an excellent resource. Many students utilize both DRC and SALT.
SALT is an office that provides comprehensive learning services. SALT is a fee-based program and requires an application process. SALT does not facilitate accommodations. DRC is the only entity on campus to implement accommodations.