New DRC Students

Signing up with the Disability Resource Center is as easy as gathering disability documentation and setting up an appointment to meet with a DRC Academic Coach.

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

Before the initial intake appointment, the student should fill out the student information form. Note: If the student is unable to print this form or complete it, the student can arrive 15 minutes before the appointment and the DRC can provide the form. Along with the student information form, students should arrive with all disability related documentation. 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