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 Disability Resources & Services

Services to Students With Disabilities
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Disability Resources & Services (DRS)

  • The DRS Office provides services to students who have a documented disability according to The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Amendment Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 
  • Students must self-identify, register for services, and follow all DRS procedures. 
        **Instructions for becoming registered with the DRS Office are included under the DRS Connect Tab.**

  • DRS services include, but are not limited to:
    • Advocacy
    • Education and guidance about student rights
    • Intake appointment and documentation review
    • Utilizing approved accommodations/academic adjustments
    • Assistive technology (AT) support
    • Campus and community referral and resources
    • Monitor campus ADA compliance

Eligibility and Required Documentation

  1. Physical Disability:
    Orthopedic, Blind/Visual Impairment, Deaf/Hearing impairment, Other Health Impairments
    Required Documentation~ Medical report stating extent of injury or illness

  2. Specific Learning Disability:
    Reading, Writing and Math
    Required Documentation~ 
    Psyco-educational evaluation by qualified professionals

  3. ADHD/ADD:
    Required Documentation~ Diagnostic report

  4. Psychological/Psychiatric Disability:
    Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD etc.
    Required Documentation~ 
    Diagnostic reports: Curent psychological evaluation, list of functional limitations

  5. Neurological Disorders:
    Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Seizure
    Required Documentation~ 
    Diagnostic report

  6. Temporary Disabling Condition/Impairments:
    Surgery, accident, serious illness
    Required Documentation~ 
    Written documentation, diagnosis, functional limitations and estimated time....

  7. MCCCD Documentation Policy Handout

​How to Get Started at CGCC

New Students

Students who are not currently registered with any MCCCD DRS Office:

In order to receive accommodations/academic adjustments under ADA, a student must have a documented disability and be able to provide a copy to the DRS Office. For more information regarding documentation, visit the “eligibility” tab and review the MCCCD Documentation Policy Handout.

Before applying for DRS services, students should follow the standard enrollment process of the college. Becoming admitted, taking placement tests*, and seeing an academic advisor are the first steps for every student. 

*All three placement tests are untimed and have the option to be taken on the same day or spread across several days. If you are in need of academic adjustments for a placement test (Kurzweil, Dragon, etc.), please contact our office directly at 480.857.5188.

1) Fill out the online application
This application is a series of questions asking the student to self-identify and provide our office with history regarding their disability and any past academic adjustments or services they have received. The application will ask if you have documentation to upload. If you are not in possession of an electronic copy of your documentation and do not have access to a scanner, you can choose to fax or provide a hardcopy to our office. 

The application can be accessed by clicking on the DRS Connect button located at the bottom of this page and selecting the New Student Application button.

2) Documentation
If you were unable to upload documentation with your application, please fax documentation to 480.212.0915 or bring a hardcopy directly to our office. We must have documentation on file prior to providing services.
Student Veterans are an exception and will be granted temporary accommodations while waiting for VA documentation.

3) Register for classes
Students must be registered for classes before we will schedule an Intake appointment. It does not matter at which point in the process a student chooses to register for their classes, as long as they are registered before we schedule their Intake.

4) Intake
This appointment allows us to go over appropriate academic adjustments and how they will be implemented. On average, this appointment takes an hour. This is an opportunity to ask the DRS Coordinator any questions you may have. Parents, spouses, and other individuals involved in supporting the student are welcome to accompany them during the Intake. 

Continuing Students

Current DRS students who have already had an Initial Intake:

If you were registered with us in the past but have been inactive for more than one semester, or are currently registered with another Maricopa College’s DRS Office, please contact our office directly at 480.857.5188.

1) Accessing DRS Connect
All other continuing students can access their student portal by clicking the DRS Connect button located at the bottom of this page.
You will need your MEID and password, used for all other Maricopa sites, to access DRS Connect.
If you encounter difficulties logging in to your account, contact our office right away.

2) Using Approved Accommodations/Academic Adjustments
Accommodations must be requested every semester for each class the student wishes to receive them in.
Information Release Consents (IRC) must be filled out once every year. A student must have current IRCs on file in DRS Connect in order to request accommodations/academic adjustments.

Detailed instructions can be found here:

3) Getting Help
It is crucial to seek help as soon as you start experiencing difficulty. Do not wait until the end of the semester. Our office (accommodation/academic adjustment management and DRS Connect concerns), the Learning Center (tutoring), and Counseling Services (personal, academic, and career concerns) are all here to support you should you need extra assistance.

Learning Center:
(480) 732-7231
Pecos campus – Library, 2nd floor
Williams campus – BRID 114 & 115  

Counseling Services:
(480) 732-7158
Pecos campus – BRD 101
Williams campus – Bluford Hall

You can also schedule an appointment online here:





DRS Connect Request Services Here 


Fall - Spring
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer (Beginning May 14th, 2018)
Monday - Thursday 
7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

(All MCCCD Campuses are closed on Fridays during the summer) 


Pecos Campus - Bradshaw Hall 101

Williams and Communiversity campus students receive DRS Services through the Pecos campus.
Please call for more information.


Office Phone: 480.857.5188

Confidential Fax: 480.212.0915


Office Staff 

Director: Dawn Gruichich, MSW, LCSW
Phone: 480.732.7050
Email: dawn.gruichich@cgc.edu

Coordinator of DRS: Juwanta Steed, M.Ed.
Phone: 480.857.5187
Email: juwanta.steed@cgc.edu

Assistive Technology Specialist: Danielle Samson, AA (Pursue BSN)
Phone: 480.857.5190
Email: danielle.samson@cgc.edu

Office Coordinator: Margaret Walker
Phone: 480.857.5189  

Faculty & Administration 

DRS Faculty Liaison: Dr. Scott Silberman, Psychology Faculty
ADA Coordinator: Dr. Kishia Brock, Interim Vice President Student Affairs