DRC New Student Orientation
We would like to welcome you to the University of Arizona and the Disability Resource Center. Below you will get an introduction to our office, our access consultant team and learn how to access accommodations and additional campus resources. For the best captioning experience, we suggest you select the "Watch in Panopto" option.
The role of the Access Consultant
An Access Consultant's role is to explore any disability-related barriers you may encounter and respond to your request for accommodations. The AC will work with campus partners such as instructors, to limit/minimize academic-related barriers. Our team of Access Consultants work with students based on their declared majors. Each Access Consultant works with certain academic colleges.
|Academic College||Access Consultant|
College of Engineering
College of Optical Sciences (undergraduate)
Eller College of Management
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA)
College of Education
College of Law
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
Veteran affiliated students
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
|Graduate College||Jayci Robb
College of Fine Arts
College of Public Health
College of Science (students A-M)
College of Humanities
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
College of Science (students N-Z)
So, what does all of this mean for you? That we strive for your experience to be similar if not identical to that of your peers with respect to access!DRC’s role on campus is to ensure access. This includes classrooms, residence halls, online courses, physical spaces and events. To respond to disability-related barriers, we either facilitate a reasonable accommodation or work to redesign aspects of the experience so that an accommodation would not be necessary. We believe that design can present barriers and prioritize the proactive identification and removal of barriers across campus.
The transition from high school to college
Let’s talk about the differences between receiving accommodations in high school versus college and what you need to know about the campus environment. It is important to be aware that not all accommodations you may have used in high school will be appropriate at the college level. Of course, we will work with you to explore all of your requests and identify other accommodations that are reasonable. Everything will be entirely new – and that is exciting! It also means that you play an important role.
YOU will drive what happens with your education and experience at UA. You have completed the first step by affiliating with DRC. We will then schedule an appointment for you to discuss your requests with an Access Consultant. Through conversation and an exploration of your request, your Access Consultant will determine what is the most reasonable and effective accommodation or way to ensure access. After this meeting, you decide what accommodations you will use and when. In high school, you probably did not have to coordinate or do much of anything, right? Your teachers had accommodations in place for you or your parents made sure you received accommodations. The college environment is different! At the UA, you may find many instances where no accommodations will be needed because there are no tests, or the instructor has designed class materials and exams to be accessible. There is nothing you need to do differently because there are no barriers.
However, there may be a time that a recommended accommodation is not working for you. If you encounter this, please reach out to us. Communication is key! Take advantage of all the resources on campus. We encourage all students to reach out to your instructors, visit them in office hours and keep in touch with your academic advisors and access consultant. Don’t be a stranger! If you have questions or need help, do not hesitate to call, email or drop by. The UA is a large campus, so we will not know that something is not working unless YOU tell us.
How can you connect with DRC?
The DRC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Drop in hours for quick questions are available daily. If we are unable to answer your question in the moment, we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with your Access Consultant as soon as possible. You are always welcome to schedule an appointment with your Access Consultant directly or by calling our front desk at (520) 621-3268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
As with all correspondence from the University, we communicate with you through your designated UA email account. It is important that you check your email often and make sure you are reading emails from the DRC. We also communicate through a DRC student listserv. We will not spam you with a lot of information. We use the student listserv to send important dates, deadlines, information, opportunities or reminders about upcoming events, especially related to exams.
Like us on Facebook! We post information to our Facebook page about interesting things happening around disability, let you know about Adaptive Athletics sports schedules or other events happening on campus or in the community.
Additional Campus Resources
There are many other campus resources for you to be aware of. Some really important ones are:
- The Disability Cultural Center (DCC)
- THINK TANK
- The SALT Center
- Math Department Tutoring
- The Writing Skills Improvement Program
- Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS)
The Disability Cultural Center (DCC) is an exciting space for students, faculty and staff to explore and celebrate disability identity, culture and community. The DCC will offer a variety of events and programming that promote authentic and intersectional perspectives on disability. Stop by anytime!
THINK TANK is the UA’s tutoring center where students can go to receive academic support in subjects like math, science and English. THINK TANK has weekly course reviews, supplemental instruction and academic skills tutoring. They provide both FREE and fee-based services to meet the diverse academic needs of all UA students.
The SALT Center stands for Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques. Some of you may already be working with the SALT Center. The SALT Center is a fee-based program that provides individualized tutoring and strategies for students with learning and attention challenges.
The Math Department provides some tutoring in conjunction with THINK TANK. Plan to utilize this resource if you are enrolled in any math course.
The Writing Skills Improvement Program is offered through the College of Humanities and helps students improve their writing skills and achieve academic success. They offer regular writing workshops and/or one-on-one support.
Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to students.
We hope you have a better understanding of what to expect once you are on campus and the role DRC plays. Each access consultant will be reaching out to their students with times they will be available to chat as group, or to set up a time to discuss specific questions you might have. Please take a look at our “How to Videos” to learn how to manage your accommodations online.
We look forward to working with you. Bear Down!