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.

Faculty Requirements for Print Access Disabilities

Students who register with DRS, who have a print specific disability (Blind or Visually Impaired), are able to receive assistance for requesting and providing academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services (accommodations). To ensure that the College provides blind and visually impaired students with equally effective communication of curricular materials (e.g. – textbooks, workbooks, code books, articles, compilations, presentations, videos and images or graphic materials, etc.), the steps listed below need to be followed:

  1. For blind students, DRS will meet with each blind student and each instructor in each course in which the student is registered well in advance of the beginning of each course to: 
    1. Review and discuss the course syllabus and other available information about the format(s) in which the course will be presented;
    2. Identify all materials that will be provided to or used by students as well as written materials which will need to be converted each week of the semester; and
    3. Confirm with the student that the format will be usable by the student’s assistive technology or, if appropriate, how equally effective alternate access will be provided.
  2. The College will offer the same opportunity for a meeting to visually impaired students as is required by the College for blind students in (1) A, B, and C. If a visually impaired student accepts an offer for a meeting, DRS will similarly meet with the student and each course instructor in which the student is registered. 
  3. When a blind or visually impaired student registers for a course late or transfers into a course after the course has begun, the student will promptly notify DRS. DRS will promptly meet with the student and the instructor in the course(s) for which the student registered or transferred late to address the topics described above. 
  4. The College will provide timely access to converted curricular material. If circumstances such as late registration, mid-semester transfers, the medium chosen or the volume or complexity of the material will delay conversion, the College will work with the impacted students to ensure equally effective alternate access to the course materials in the interim. 
  5. When the instructor is not available prior to the start of a course, the Program Director or Department Chair will be consulted on behalf of the instructor.