New DRC Students

Signing up with the Disability Resource Center is as easy as gathering disability documentation and submitting an online form linked below.

New/first-time students registering with the Disability Resource Center:

It is highly recommended that disability-related services or accommodations be requested as early as possible by completing the “First-Time Request for CNM Disability Resource Services” link below.

First-Time Request for CNM Disability Resource Services

  • Complete the First-Time Request for CNM Disability Resource Services online form (through a secure submission portal called Accommodate).  
    • Please answer all questions to the best of your ability and upload any disability related documentation that you have.  For more information about disability documentation, review the Documentation Guidelines page.
    • If you are unable to upload documentation at this time, please fax it to 505.224.3261, email it to, or deliver a copy in-person to Disability Resource Center, CNM Main Campus, Student Services Center room 209.
    • If you do not have documentation available at this time, please continue to submit the request form.  A DRC representative may reach out to you to discuss your request in more detail.  Do not delay reaching out to the DRC out of concern for not having appropriate documentation.
    • If you require assistance with completing the form, please contact the DRC at 505.224.3259 or visit the DRC at CNM’s Main Campus location.
  • The DRC will review your submission and any documentation you have attached and then reach out to you for more information or to schedule an initial meeting with a DRC Academic Coach.
  • In your meeting with the DRC Academic Coach you will review your specific accommodations and the processes for arranging them.  At this point you are able to arrange specific accommodations for your classes or placement testing.

If you are unsure about whether or not you should complete the First-Time Request for CNM Disability Resource Services form you are welcome to either call our office at 505.224.3259 or simply submit the form. 

Not sure if you should register with the Disability Resource Center: You are welcome to schedule a meeting with a DRC Academic Coach to discuss eligibility, services, and procedures even if you are not ready to register with the DRC.  Please call 505.224.3259 and ask to schedule an Information Session with a DRC Academic Coach.  If you are ready to register with the DRC, please use the First-Time Request for CNM Disability Resource Services link.

Reasonable Accommodations

The DRC is here to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. 

The definition of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act is “any modification or adjustment to any activity to allow equal participation in the activity by a person who has a disability.” Equal participation means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability.

Each request for accommodation will be given individual due process and consideration. It is crucial that students and their advocates become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA Amendments Act of 2008 as amended and Section 504 as amended of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in order to understand their rights and responsibilities in post secondary education.

Disability Documentation Guidelines

Written documentation verifying the existence of a disability and its impact on a major life function must be provided by each student requesting disability services and accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are based on a student’s documentation and are determined by the specific nature of the disability and its functional limitations.

Not all students require the same accommodations, even if they have the same disability. Determining reasonable accommodations is done on a case-by-case basis to address the individual needs of the student. 

Documentation Guidelines 

What to Expect on First Appointment

The DRC Academic Coach will review the information with the student and discuss what accommodations CNM can provide. 

  • Students will spend about an hour with a DRC Academic Coach for the initial appointment
  • Academic Coaches will review all documentation and any recommendations that have been made by medical professionals
  • Student and the Academic Coach will discuss the student's academic strengths and the areas in which they may need accommodations
  • At the end of the intake, students will learn their rights and responsibilities as well as how to use their accommodations effectively