General Eligibility Process: Disability Resources and Services (DRS) applicants must be admitted as an MCCCD student, engage in an interactive conversation with the DRS staff member responsible for determining any adjustments, modifications, auxiliary aids or services, and provide documentation that verifies the nature and extent (functional limitations) of the disability. A student, who needs accommodations to engage in this process, can contact 602-787-7171.
DISABILITY: any physical or mental condition which causes substantial limitation to the ability to perform one or more major life activities.
Blind / Visual Impairment: limited visual acuity, constricted peripheral field, and/or progressive vision loss including those that are legally blind. Individuals with visual disabilities are so varied that some may need enlarged texts while others may use a service animal to navigate campus.
Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing: hearing loss that can range from moderate, requiring the use of a hearing aide, to severe/profound that may require information to be presented visually through American Sign Language (ASL) or captioning services. All conditions and interventions vary by individual so it is important to identify which means of communication work best on a case-by-case basis.
Physical / Mobility Disabilities: conditions that may be congenital or the result of accident or illness such as spinal cord injury, paralysis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke, and muscular dystrophy. These conditions cause pain, spasticity, and/or lack of coordination and are often episodic in nature causing intermittent flare-ups of symptoms as well as periods of remission.
Medical Disabilities: chronic health conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancers, AIDS, hemophilia, epilepsy, and hepatitis that can affect cognitive and motor functions. These conditions may cause fatigue or even have acute phases that require bed rest or hospitalizations.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) / Neurological Disabilities: affects brain functioning to varying degrees in the areas of memory, communication, processing speed, spatial reasoning, executive functioning, psychosocial behaviors, motor, sensory, and physical abilities.
Psychological Disabilities: conditions that impact how a person feels, acts, thinks, or perceives the world around them such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
Learning Disabilities: disorder that creates deficits in receiving, processing, integrating and/or expressing information specific to communication, reading, writing, spelling, calculations, and coordination.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): neurologically based condition that causes distractibility, hyperactivity or both. ADHD can cause particular difficulties in the academic setting due to the increased demands on focus, concentration, and organization.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): continuum of symptoms that display impairment in thinking, feeling, language and the ability to relate to others. This can cause challenges specifically in group work, meeting with professors, and engaging in social functions on campus.
Temporary Disabilities: academic adjustments may be recommended for students with temporary injuries (e.g., broken bones, recovery from surgery)
ACADEMIC ADJUSTMENT: modification of a non-essential academic requirement, an examination, or an institutional rule that is necessary to avoid discriminating against qualified students on the basis the student's disability.
The complete Maricopa Governance policy 2.8.1 Eligibility for Accommodations & Required Disability Documentation can be found in the Online Policy Manual.
To be eligible for DRS support services, a student must have a disability as it defined by federal law: Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act OF 1990 (ADA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).