The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that institutions make reasonable accommodations for all individuals with a disability who qualify. The Act also requires that institutions prohibit discrimination related to disability. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments that allow individuals with a disability to have equal opportunity and access to courses, services and activities.
A faculty member is not obligated to provide reasonable accommodations without a signed Instructor Notification Form or email notification from the Disability Resources and Services office. It is the primary responsibility of the student to initiate the discussion of the in-class accommodations needed with the DRS office. Both faculty and student may find it useful to consult with the DRS office for advice and/or assistance.
Students may request accommodations at any time during the semester; however, accommodations are not retroactive.
Recommended DRS Syllabus Statement
Classroom Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and its associated colleges are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Each class/term/semester that a student is in need of academic adjustments/accommodations, the qualified student is required to work with the Disability Resources & Services Office (DRS) at their individual college(s). Contact with the DRS should be made as soon as possible to ensure academic needs are met in a reasonable time. New and returning students must request accommodations each semester through DRS Connect online services. To learn more about this easy process, please contact your local DRS office.
If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations, you are welcome to contact DRS by using the information listed on the following webpage: https://district.maricopa.edu/consumer-information/disability-resources/contacts. The DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions qualifying for accommodations/academic adjustments. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your faculty, and DRS; and only those academic adjustments/reasonable accommodations granted by the DRS are recognized by the college and District. It is the policy and practice of the MCCCD to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.