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Students must self-identify with AccessABILITY Resource Services and submit documentation on the disability/(ies).
- The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once documentation is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of any accommodation related needs (e.g. exam accommodations and alternative media services).
Students must make an appointment with the ARS Coordinator; located on the second floor of the 3C building at 928.344.7674 (V) Students must meet with the coordinator each semester to develop the accommodation letter.
- Be prepared to speak to the Coordinator about their disability and the barriers they feel they may encounter in the classroom, as well as, accommodations or design modifications needed to ensure equal access.
- The ARS Coordinator works with students to determine which design modifications or accommodations are appropriate for each class.
- We encourage all students to contact instructors two weeks before the start of classes to discuss accommodations and success strategies for the semester. This not only gives the instructor time to consider the changes that will be needed to ensure access to materials, but also breaks the ice and encourages more effective communication.
Note: Services can be requested at any time during the semester; however, requesting services well in advance will help ensure resources are available when needed.
Once eligibility for services has been established for the following auxiliary aids students must request them each semester when picking up his/her accommodation letter.
If there is a problem with any of the services students must inform ARS in writing as soon as possible to resolve the issue.
Students requesting Alternate format must fill out and return the form for each text, article or test to be altered in a timely manner so that the ARS department has time for conversion before it will be needed by the student.
Alternative Format Request Forms are given to students when requesting accommodations before each semester.
Some conversions take more time than others so it is imperative that students register early and submit requests as soon as possible to issue that the information is converted at the time needed.
Sign Language Interpreter Request
Arizona Western College provides interpreting services for classes, related academic requirements, and non-academic out-of-class activities that are sponsored by the college.
Arizona Western College has three highly qualified staff interpreters all licensed with ACDHH (Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). We also have VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) through a freelance company in Phoenix that we can use as needed depending on the schedule.
Students requesting sign language interpreter services must meet with the ARS coordinator to discuss his/her needs and to sign an agreement acknowledging familiarity with related policies.
Students using interpreting services are encouraged to register during the priority registration period and to submit requests for services to the ARS coordinator as soon as possible after registration to ensure there will be services provided. Last minute changes to a student’s schedule may result in an inability to provide interpreting services; therefore, it is important to meet with the coordinator with any schedule changes.
All non-classroom requests (including meetings with professors or group meetings with other students for projects or assignments) also should be made as far in advance as possible using the Interpreter Request form, but at least five business days in advance. Last-minute requests cannot be guaranteed, although attempts will always be made to secure interpreter services. The college is not responsible for any interpreting services other than those approved by ARS. Cancellations must be made at least three business days (72 hours) in advance.
Equipment such as FM Systems and Ruby hand-held magnifiers are available for check out from the ARS Coordinator.
Students are responsible for any equipment checked out and must fill out the Equipment Loan Agreement from with the ARS Coordinator.
If the equipment is not returned in the same condition as when it was checked out other than standard wear, the student is responsible for the repairs.
If the equipment is not returned, the student is responsible for the full replacement value.
These costs will be charged to the students financial account at the college. Until such fees are paid, the student will be unable to obtain transcripts and register for the following semester.
Arizona Western College has an Assistive Technology Lab to help students with disabilities access materials. This lab is located in LR 52.
- NOTE: Prior to using the Assistive Technology Lab, you must be registered with the ARS Office. The ARS office is located on the second floor in the 3C building. To make an appointment call 928.344.7674
What adaptive technology is available?
This software is designed to read aloud all the icons on the screen as soon as the first screen appears. It reads everything on the page. With minimal keystrokes, a student who is blind or low-vision can access the internet, their textbook or type a paper.
Duxbury Braille Translator
This software translates into Braille what is scanned into the computer or on the computer screen.
Romeo 25 Braille Embosser
A Braille embosser will print in Braille information translated by Duxbury Braille Translator.
When the material is placed on the reading tray, closed caption television will enlarge the text of the material onto the television screen
This screen reading software reads aloud what a student is typing while the student is typing and can read aloud pages on the internet. It works with Microsoft Word and the internet.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Voice-recognition software which types the words, punctuation, etc., a student tells it to type.
A reading, writing, and learning solution for individuals with learning difficulties like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other literacy difficulties.
Students can set up weekly appointments to work one on one with lab aides/tutors : on homework assignments, time management strategies and organization.
Note Taking Accommodation
Students must identify the classes they will need a note taker in and pick up the "Note Taker Request" form(s) from the ARS Coordinator each semester when they pick up their accommodation letter.
Students may either find a note taker themselves or the instructor may assist them. If they require assistance, they must approach the instructor before class starts on the first day to request that the instructor reads the announcement on the note taker request form.
Students must meet the volunteer(s) after class and send their choice with the note taker request form to AccessABILITY Resource Services, located on the top floor of the 3C building.
If no one volunteers to share notes students must contact the ARS Coordinator in writing. ARS will find a note taker within 5 working days after notification.
If students are dissatisfied with the notes, they may terminate the initial note taker contract, and solicit a new note taker.
If students terminate a note taker, they must submit the reason for termination in writing to the ARS Coordinator.
If students receiving notes withdraw from a class, they must inform the note taker and the ARS Coordinator in writing within 24 hours.
Eligible students that need testing accommodations must discuss options with the instructor when they present their accommodation letter.
Students must make arrangements for accommodations before each test.
- Private testing rooms must be reserved in advance with Testing Services
- Readers or Scribes must be scheduled two days in advance with the ARS department. Students may either fill out the Testing Accommodation Form and submit it or email details to the ARS coordinator.
Alternative Test Format
Students requesting alternative test formats such as Braille, enlarged font must work with their instructors and ARS so that arrangements can be made for the conversion in time to take the test.
Services for all Students with Disabilities
- Liaison with instructors
- Assistance with registration
- Advisement (Advisement Services)
- Tutoring (Student Support Services, Student Success Center)
Services for Students with Specific Documented Disabilities
The following is a suggested time frame for accommodations. The ARS staff will work to get them setup as soon as possible.
|Accommodations/Auxiliary Aids||Time Frame to Arrange|
|Alternate Test Format||1-4 weeks|
|Ergonomic Chair||1-2 weeks|
|Extended Testing Time||Arrange with Instructor|
|FM Systems||1-4 weeks|
|Flexibility with Attendance||Arrange with Instructor|
|Note Takers||2 weeks|
|Priority Seating||Arrange with Instructor|
|Private Testing Room||2-3 days / Testing Center|
|Sign Language interpreter||5 days*|
|Table (Adjustable)||1-2 weeks|
|Screen Reader (AT Lab training)||1-4 weeks before classes begin|
|Speech to Text (AT Lab training)||1-4 weeks before classes begin|
*When possible we request that students using interpreters in their classes work with ARS Coordinator to set up classes and register during priority registration.
Services Not Provided
1. Transportation Services: ARS does NOT provide transportation to a campus/center, or transportation from one class to another.
2. Personal Aides: ARS does not provide “personal aides” for students. Students needing personal assistants for activities such as getting in and out of wheel chairs, providing cleaning, and attendant service, should be advised that they need to make personal arrangements for such services.
3. Diagnostic Evaluations: As a matter of policy, AWC and ARS will not provide or pay for diagnostic evaluations and documentation which support student accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student to provide such documentation to ARS prior to receiving any services. These services are available through other community services and governmental agencies.