HLC Self Study
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Fourth Concern

A comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act plan needs to be developed.

In 2002, Estrella Mountain Community College hired its first full-time Coordinator of Disability Resources and Services. Reporting to the Dean of Student Services, the coordinator established the Disability Resources and Services office and developed a comprehensive EMCC Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Plan. The plan helps to ensure that all college facilities, programs, services, and activities are in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA/Section 504/Title IX Coordinator is the Dean of Student Services, who appoints the Coordinator of Disability Resources and Services. The Coordinator of Disability Resources and Services is responsible for evaluating Estrella Mountain’s facilities, programs, services, and activities, as well as for planning and coordinating overall ADA compliance efforts.

The mission of the Disability Resources and Services (DRS) office is to provide the resources, services and reasonable accommodations necessary to allow each qualified student with a disability to achieve her/his educational and personal goals. The coordinator accomplishes this mission by implementing the following goals:

  • Ensure that the facilities, programs, services, activities, and information technology at Estrella Mountain Community College are accessible to students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Provide a continuum of resources and services to increase independence and success for students with disabilities
  • Provide education of Disability Resource services and training on disability-related issues to the campus community
  • Provide a smooth transition for students with disabilities transferring to four-year institutions
  • Develop a community both on and off campus that supports quality education as well as social and career opportunities for students with disabilities

The services, reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids that the Disability Resource Services office offers to qualified students with disabilities range from academic advisement to modifications of programs and services. All departments are involved in providing the aforementioned services, accommodations and auxiliary aids. To increase support for students, partnerships have been developed with areas such as the NASA Center for Success in Math and Science as well as One-Stop Advisement, the Testing Center and the Library. The coordinator continues to enhance collaboration with these departments to ensure that students with disabilities are receiving instruction and services without discrimination.