Disability Resources

As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, all in-person and hybrid classes, as well as all on-campus student activities, are postponed until further notice. Online classes will continue as scheduled. We ask that you continue to check your student email, monitor social media channels and visit the college website, https://www.gatewaycc.edu/, for timely updates.

The DRS team is working remotely and is available to assist you (602) 286-8171 and disability.services@gatewaycc.edu.

Schedule a Virtual Appointment | Connect via Google Meets

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.

Important Reminder: Please note that it is the student's responsibility to inform the DRS Office directly of his or her need for accommodation(s), each time he or she registers for a new course. All accommodations and academic adjustments are course and semester specific and do not carry over from semester to semester or course to course. If you are a returning student, please contact DRS for an accommodation renewal at the start of each semester or each new course.

Did You Know?

Did you know January 4th is World Braille Day?

Quick Braille Facts

  • The braille code was originally created for the French military to communicate at night.
  • Schools in the United States began teaching students Braille in 1916.
  • Braille is not a language, it is a system of reading and writing composed of different symbols and rules.
  • A unique code for writing math was invented by Professor Abraham Nemeth who was blind, now known as the Nemeth Code.
  • There is an annual Braille Olympics known as the Braille Challenge held in Los Angeles California.

For more information about Braille, visit the American Foundation for the Blind: https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/braille/what-braille


About Disability Resources

Due to COVID-19, students may need to participate in virtual events. As a result if you are in need of accommodations such as an American Sign Language Interpreter or captioning for these purposes, please contact Disability Resources and Services.

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

  • Note takers
  • Alternative format textbooks
  • Testing accommodations