Disability Resources and Services
The Disability Resources and Services provides information and services to students with any documented disability who are attending classes at Paradise Valley Community College ( PVCC ). Disability Resources and Services strives to empower students, foster independence and promote achievement of realistic career and educational goals. Disability Resources and Services, along with the campus community, will assist students to discover, develop, and demonstrate their full potential and abilities.
Disability Resources and Services has been designated as the point of contact for students with disabilities at PVCC . Students who wish to receive accommodations are required to submit documentation and formally register for services prior to receiving accommodations.
Students that self-identify to instructors as having a disability will be directed to register for services with the DRS.
Documentation of Disability
Appropriate documentation must be presented to the Disability Resources and Services office verifying the existence of a disability as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; and establishing a clear connection between the accommodations being requested and the effects of the disability. The documentation must be from a professional qualified to make the assessment, must be relatively current, and sufficiently comprehensive to be of use. Documentation of disability will be evaluated against standard criteria guidelines for credibility, usefulness, and uniformity.
A reasonable accommodation includes any adjustments, modifications, auxiliary aids or services that enables an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to obtain the same result, to gain the same benefit, or to reach the same level of achievement, in the most integrated setting appropriate to the person's needs. Reasonable accommodations need only guarantee equal opportunity, not equal results.
Some of the various types of accommodations and auxiliary aids include:
- Extended time on exams
- Assistance with notes
- Permission to record lecture
- Reader/scribe for exams
- Alternate format textbooks
- Adaptive Software (Kurzweill 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS)
- Sign Language interpreters
Knowledge of disability, and disability documentation is kept confidential. Information is shared from Disability Resources and Services on a need to know basis, or as directed by the student in a Release of Information.