Disability Resources

Disability Resources

The Disability Resources and Services (DRS) Department endeavors to empower all students, advance their independence and develop a sense of self-advocacy. We strive to create a learning environment which assists students in reaching their full potential with reasonable accommodations.

About Disability Resources

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires institutions of higher education to provide reasonable accommodations to those with documented disabilities, provided an undue hardship is not created.

An undue hardship refers to any accommodation that would be unduly costly, expensive, substantial, disruptive, or that would fundamentally alter the nature of the business or program.

A reasonable accommodation is the provision of an auxiliary aid, or modification to the course or program, that will allow access to the educational program, material, activity, or degree. Examples include:

  • Making existing facilities readily accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities.
  • Alternative testing accommodations.
  • Provision of qualified readers, note takers and sign language interpreters.
  • Provision of alternative print formats.

It is the responsibility of the student to inform the institution of his or her need for accommodations.

Disability Resources & Services

New to GWCC?

After you have been admitted as a student at GateWay 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 left side of this page to complete the application. Please provide a phone number that you can be reached at and your Maricopa student email. You will need to check your Maricopa student email on a regular basis when completing this application.

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

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

·         Upload disability documentation at the end of the DRS Connect application online.

·         Email disability documentation to disability.services@gatewaycc.edu

·         Bring in person to the GateWay Washington Campus IE Bldg. Room IE 1202 First Floor.

The DRS Manager or 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.

Sample Services

·         Adaptive equipment.

·         Sign language interpreters.

·         Note takers.

·         Alternative format textbooks

·         Testing accommodations.

The ADA defines disability as any physical or mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Some major life activities include: 

  • Concentrating
  • Hearing
  • Learning
  • Walking
  • Seeing
  • Speaking


Services Timeframes Required
Alternative Print (e-text/PDF) 4 Weeks
Assistive Technology 3 Weeks*
Braille Text (e-text/PDF) 8 Weeks
Extended Test Time (mid-term/final) 1 Week
Extended Test Time (regular exam) 2 Business Days
Most Classroom Accommodations 2 Weeks
Note Taker 2 Weeks
Recording Device for Class 2 Business Days*
Sign Language Interpreter 2 Weeks*

*Based on Availability

A student wishing to register for services must meet MCCCD admissions requirements, or be enrolled as an MCCCD student, and must provide Disability Resources and Services (DRS) with required documentation verifying the nature and extent of the disability prior to receiving any accommodation. The DRS Director/Program Advisor is responsible for evaluating documentation and determining accommodation eligibility.

We have recently changed our processes for registering and requesting accommodations. If you are new to GateWay Community College, please take a moment to log into DRS Connect to get started with registering with the DRS office. If you already registered with our office, please sign in to DRS Connect to start requesting your accommodations.

Services (accommodations) must be requested each semester even if you had services previously. Please note that every time DRS Connect asks for your "username" and your "student I.D.", both terms refer to your MCCD MEID number. The "password" will be the same private password you created originally with your MEID. 


1. Eligibility for Accommodations & Required Disability Documentation [click for more details]

Examples requiring documentation include:

  • Physical disability: medical report stating extent of injury, illness, or condition.
  • Blind/visual impairment: medical report stating restricted vision fields.
  • Deaf/hearing impairment: audiological evaluation indicating extent of hearing loss.
  • Learning disability: psycho-educational evaluations conducted within the past 3 years and administered by qualified professionals.
  • Other/hidden disabilities: evaluation based on documentation and need.
GateWay Community College adheres to the Maricopa Governance District Policy Manual with regards to the ADA identification of what constitutes a service animal. The DRS encourages students to register their service animal with the DRS, and a service-animal-in-training should be registered with campus Public Safety. While registration is not mandatory, it will help us know what to do with your animal should you encounter an emergency. We want to know that you are safe and that your animal is safe and secure with your emergency contact.


Please print this form, and submit application via email directly to disability.services@gatewaycc.edu or turn in at the GateWay DRS Office at the Washington Street Location (Room IE1202)

Supplemental Academic Support Program for Students with Disabilities

Candidate Application

The purpose of this program is to provide GateWay Community College (GWCC) students registered with the DRS office with supplemental academic support towards persisting and succeeding in higher educational and vocational opportunities. These supports include, as applicable, individualized tutoring/coaching, mentoring, and socialization opportunities at no cost to selected participants.

Contact Information

Student’s Name: ______________________________________________ Current Age: ___________ Gender: M F

Address: __________________________________________________ City: ___________________ Zip: ________________

Phone #: _______________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________

Parents/Guardians Name (if applicable): _______________________________________________________________

Parents/Guardians Phone (if applicable): ______________________________________ Email: __________________

Postsecondary History

Postsecondary Experience: None 1 Semester 1 Year More than 1 Year

If you have previous postsecondary experience, where? _______________________________ When:___________

What classes are you signed up for this coming Fall Semester?

What are your postsecondary goals? ______________________________________________________________________


Learning Challenge or Disability

What is your diagnosed disability? _________________________________________________________________________

Academic Strengths (circle all that apply)

Math                 Reading                 Writing                      Time Management                Prioritizing Organization Memory

Academic Challenges (circle all that apply)

Math                Reading                  Writing                      Time Management                 Prioritizing Organization Memory

By signing below you give GWCC DRS, and/or supporting affiliates of this program, permission to contact you to

determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Signature: _________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________

All applicants will be contacted by GWCC DRS, or program affiliates, with further instruction related to the selection process. Selection is limited to approx. twenty (20) students at no cost to the student based upon:

● Suitability to benefit (does the student’s learning differences match with support expertise)

● Willingness to participate (commitment to attend weekly mentoring & academic support sessions)

● Financial need (There are a limited number of funded slots. Priority will be given to students who meet the first two criteria and are receiving financial aid or have limited means to pay for services.)