Faculty Quick Tips

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides support services, specialized instruction, and accommodations to students with physical, psychological, learning disabilities, 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.
  • 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. The Access Technology Center, drc_atc@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.
  • Add a simple statement regarding students with disabilities on your syllabus.

Sample Syllabus Statement

Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations (e.g. test accommodations), interpreting/captioning, academic and disability management counseling, etc. are encouraged to discuss their authorized accommodations (listed on an official Academic Accommodation Letter provided to the student) from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) with their professors. 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.

Students seeking to apply for and request disability-related accommodations are invited to contact the DRC at 760-744-1150, Ext. 2375, stop by the DRC office in the DSPS building, or visit the DRC at https://www.palomar.edu/drc/.