Partner Focus: Disability Resource Center

Oct. 1, 2020

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) was established in the summer of 1970, about 20 years before the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed. With about 40 staff members, the DRC is a leader in the nation for providing a progressive and proactive approach to disability access on campus.  

An example of DRC’s proactive strategies occurred just this past summer. As UArizona worked and studied remotely due to COVID-19, DRC staff actively participated in planning for campus re-entry during the Fall 2020 semester:  

  • Several DRC staff actively participated in 2 of the 7 Implementation Planning Teams while serving as consultants for other teams and ad-hoc re-entry planning groups. Activities included:
    • Defined the four teaching modalities for the Fall semester. 
    • Set new classroom capacities to ensure social distancing in the classrooms. 
    • Created FAQ’s, suggested syllabus language, and a webinar to support faculty on the fall semester changes. 
    • Collaborated around the accessibility of tents available for students. 
    • Established guidelines for "Face coverings and accessibility guidelines." 
  • Proactively provided Real-Time Captioning and ASL Interpreting services for campus briefings. 
  • Created online resources for instructors and staff regarding accessible Zoom meetings and Inclusive Teaching and Accessibility Strategies
  • Collaborated closely with UArizona Marketing and Brand Management to ensure COVID-19 messages were accessible for the entire campus.

As they continue to work and teach both on-campus and remotely, DRC remains involved in campus planning for the future of our campus. The DRC collaborates across campus to ensure that disabled students, employees and visitors have a similar, if not identical, experience to that of their non-disabled counterparts. If you have any questions, please contact the DRC.