Disability Resource Center

Counseling Services Division

Faculty Quick Tips

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides support services, specialized instruction and accommodations to students with a physical, psychological, learning disability, and other health related issues, promoting full participation from an equitable college experience.

  • The DRC office is your resource for information and support to accommodate students with disabilities.
  • If you notice a student struggling in your class who could benefit from the DRC, it may be appropriate for you to make a referral. Address your concerns with the student directly and in private. Mention that you have noticed the student has been having difficulty in an academic area and encourage the student to seek out support services on campus such as DRC. Our office can then assist the student by determining program eligibility, referring them for an assessment and/or providing support services.
  • Add a simple statement regarding students with disabilities on your syllabus.

    Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations (e.g. test accommodations or note taking services), interpreting/captioning, academic and disability management counseling, etc. are encouraged to discuss their authorized accommodations (listed on an official Accommodation Form provided to the student) from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) with their professors early in the semester so that accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible.  Students should provide timely notice of the authorized accommodation(s) to the professor to allow sufficient time for the accommodation(s) to be implemented.  The faculty member will work with the DRC Office to ensure that proper accommodations are made for each student. By law, it is up to the DRC Office, through the interactive process with the student, to determine which accommodations are appropriate, not the instructor. This includes accommodations in a clinical setting.   Students who need evacuation assistance during campus emergencies should also meet with the instructor as soon as possible to assure the health and safety of all students.

    Students seeking to apply for and request disability-related accommodations are invited to contact the DRC at 760.744.1150, ext. 3016, stop by the DRC office in the DSPS building, or visit the DRC at https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/drc/.

  • Remember that multimedia materials are required to be accessible. For example, all materials must be captioned prior to being shown if you have a student requesting that accommodation. If you require assistance with any of your class materials in alternate media formatting, please submit your request to Aaron Holmes, DRC’s Alternate Media Specialist, aholmes@palomar.edu.
  • For more information about Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities, or https://www.section508.gov.
  • Students must submit their request at least one week, five business days and (one month for final exams) in advance for any exam/quiz that will be proctored by the DRC and two weeks if the exam/quiz needs to be provided in an alternate format.
  • When a student requests an accommodation, please ask to see their DRC Accommodations Form; do so in a private setting to allow for the confidential information to be discussed.  After reviewing the Accommodations Form, please sign it and return it to the student promptly.
  • Refrain from asking the student what is his/her disability as it is illegal to do so; remember that a student’s diagnosis of a disability is considered confidential information.   Should you have questions regarding the student’s approved/prescribed accommodations on the Accommodation Form, contact the DRC Counselor listed on the form immediately.
  • Faculty are discouraged from providing/prescribing students with an accommodation (i.e. extended time on exams, etc.) unless you are providing ALL students with extended time and doing so is not based on disability-related factors but merely a universal design for learning practice (See www.udlcenter.org).  Providing accommodations to students not registered with the DRC or approving accommodations not listed on the Accommodation Form poses risks and should be first discussed with a DRC Counselor or Director.

Adapted from DSPS @ IVC.