The DRS office is providing assistance virtually and in person. We have returned to our office, building 37N, for business. Please contact the office by email at DrsFrontDesk@mesacc.edu or phone at 480-461-7447 to schedule an appointment. DRS is also offering real-time assistance via Cranium Cafe.

DRS Student Resources

Student Resources during COVID 19

Anyone with a .edu address can borrow a limited number of accessible textbooks until May 24, 2020, by following these directions. Both of these organizations have a large library.

VitalSource Instructions:
1. Go to www.vitalsource.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your .edu email address.
2. Log in and click on "My Bookshelf" in the top right corner.
3. Then click on Explore in the top left corner.
4. Search for the book you need and add it to your Bookshelf and start reading.

RedShelf Instructions:
1. Go to www.redshelf.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your .edu email address.
2. Log in and go to https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds
3. Scroll down a little and click on the button, "Access Free eBooks"
4. Search for the book you need and 'view details' and then 'Add to My Shelf

Testing during the pandemic

If students require the need of a scribe or reader including the need for Kurzweil 3000 on an exam please check your accommodations in DRS Connect and ensure you have that accommodation. If you do not please contact your Program Advisor. If you have the accommodation please enter a test request through DRS Connect by following these steps.

New Student

After you have been admitted as a student and registered for classes at Mesa Community College, your first step in applying for disability services is to complete the online New Student application. Click on the DRS Connect icon on the right side of this page or visit the DRS Connect website. Be sure to provide an email address you check on a regular basis when completing this application.

You must provide disability documentation to DRS. Learn more about the MCCCD policy regarding disability documentation.

It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation to Disability Resources & Services (DRS), which conforms to the Documentation Policy as part of the intake process.

Documentation must (1) verify the existence of a disability as defined under Section 504 and under the ADA; and (2) establish a clear connection between the accommodations being requested and the effects of the disability.

View the Maricopa Community Colleges Eligibility for Accommodations and Required Disability Documentation.

Students must provide documentation that complies with all applicable requirements of the MCCCD Documentation Policy. If the DRC Manager advises a student that his/her documentation is incomplete, Mesa Community College reserves the right not to provide services or accommodations until all documentation specified in the Documentation Policy is provided. Students submitting only IEPs (Individual Educational Plans) or incomplete documentation, or if a particular accommodation request is not justified by the information provided in the student’s documentation, the student is responsible to pursue whatever additional documentation is required and to pay any costs thereof.

Disability documentation may be provided to the DRS Office in several ways:

  • Upload disability documentation through the DRS Connect application.
  • Email disability documentation to drsfrontdesk@mesacc.edu.
  • Fax disability documentation to DRS at 480-461-7907
  • Bring in person for electronic scanning.

A DRS Advisor may recommend services if you qualify under the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

You will then need to schedule an intake appointment to meet with a Program Advisor. During your intake, you and your program advisor will have a conversation about your disability, the functional limitations or the ways you are impacted by your disability, what challenges you may anticipate during your program of study, and your history with accommodations.

A DRS Advisor may recommend services if you qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


You are welcome to bring a parent or friend with you to any appointment, but you should be prepared to speak or advocate for yourself to your program advisor. A FERPA will be needed before DRS can include your guest during the appointment. A FERPA release can be filled out online. You should expect to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment if you may require assistance.