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Accommodation Process

Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services (DRS) handles each student's request on an individual basis, given a reasonable time frame. Please refer to the chart below when requesting a special service. Although the following time lines are preferred, Rio Salado College DRS strives to provide the services as quickly as possible.

Type of Accommodation Time Needed
Alternative Format: PDF’s, Word Documents,

Alternative Format: Braille
Four (4) to Six (6) weeks: student must be enrolled in the class for which the book is requested
Three (3) months in advance of the first day of class
Interpreting: ongoing classes
Interpreting: individual events
Two (2) weeks in advance of the first day of class
One (1) week in advance of the event
Note takers Two (2) weeks: student must be enrolled in the class for which the request is made
Testing Accommodations: Readers, Scribes Two (2) to Three (3) weeks before the test
Testing Accommodations: Extended time, Private Rooms, technology, alternative format One (1) week before the test
Testing Accommodations: Proctoring exam Two (2) weeks before the test
Online Course Review: Assistive Technology Four (4) to Six (6) weeks to review

Student Responsibility

The student is responsible for registering with Disability Resources and Services by scheduling an intake appointment and providing the required medical documentation containing the disabling diagnosis. For details on eligibility for accommodations and required disability documentation please refer to this link:

Additional student responsibilities include:

  • Keeping communication open with instructors in order to discuss specific needs regarding approved accommodations.
  • Managing the testing accommodation process by requesting accommodations through DRS staff by email, and/or phone
  • Staying in contact with DRS department regarding effectiveness of accommodations and status of academic success
  • Managing the Alternative Format process by enrolling in your classes early and making your requests in a timely manner

Interpreting Services

It is the student’s responsibility to register early and request interpreting services through the DRS department in order to facilitate the coordination of available qualified interpreters with the student's schedule. Interpreting requests require at least two (2) weeks’ notice in advance of the first day of class. Requests for individual events require at least one (1) week advance notice. Last minute requests within 48 hours may not be guaranteed services. The DRS department will email the student to notify them that their request has been received, and also when it is approved and setup with an interpreter.

Testing Accommodations

It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for testing accommodations by contacting Disability Resources & Services and requesting your accommodations for your course exams. This request must be submitted one (1) to two (2) weeks in advance to ensure your accommodations will be available for the exam date of your choice. Authorized test accommodations may include extended testing time, reduced distraction environment, assistive technology, or alternative format. Testing accommodations must be authorized by the DRS department and supported by required documentation.

Alternative Format

It is the responsibility of the student to register early and to provide Disability Resources & Services their class schedule. Students must purchase the textbook(s) and provide a copy of the "paid" receipt to DRS. Alternative format may include Braille, PDF's, and other forms of electronic text or paper-based formats. Requests for Braille must be made at least three (3) months in advance of the first day of class. Large print, PDF's, and other forms of electronic text or paper-based formats require at least four (4) to six (6) weeks advance of the first day of class.

Online Course Review

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the DRS staff to notify them of their enrollment each semester. Courses are individually reviewed when the student is using assistive technology such as Jaws, Zoomtext, and/or Dragon to ensure the course is accessible. This process can take four (4) to six (6) weeks to review.

Service Animals on Campus

Service animals are welcome on the Rio Salado College campus. Rio Salado College follows the Maricopa Governance District Policy Manual, which upholds the ADA’s definition of a service animal. This policy also asks that an individual requesting to bring a service-animal-in-training to campus will request permission from college administration before the animal is brought to campus. This request serves mainly to notify the college’s Public Safety Office.

In instances in which it is not obvious what service the animal provides, staff are permitted only limited inquiries about the service animal, to be communicated via the DRS. “Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.”

The DRS encourages students to get an INF that designates the need for the service animal, but this is not mandatory.

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