What Informs Our Work?

Social justice, disability studies, universal design, compliance.

Social Justice

Disability is an aspect of diversity, integral to our society and to Arizona. All disabled students and employees are valued members of this community and should have equitable access to everything they want and need. 

Disability Studies

An academic field of inquiry that defines impairment as naturally occurring on the continuum of human difference asserting that individuals are disabled by their environments, not their impairments. 

Universal Design

A set of strategies that contribute to experiences that are usable by all people to the greatest extent possible, without the need for individual adjustments. 


For more than 50 years, U.S. federal law has required disability access. Through Individual consultation and systemic planning, DRC ensures the University's compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We work to interpret not just the letter of these laws, but their spirit, always striving for the most inclusive solutions to disability-related barriers.