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 Disability Resources & Services

Services to Students With Disabilities
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Intake Appointments for Incoming Students Filling Up - July 2018

As the Fall semester draws closer, intakes are continuing to fill up. We are booked well through the month of August and have only a few openings left before the semester begins. The intake appointment must be completed before accommodations can be put into place for classes. 

We are diligently working to fit as many students into the schedule as possible. If you have not yet filled out an application and provided documentation to our office, please begin this process as quickly as possible to ensure the soonest possible intake. Directions on how to complete this process can be found under the "DRS Connect" tab. 

**If you will have the need for an interpreter, CART/Captioning, or accommodations for a visual impairment, please contact our office as soon as possible.**

Kurzweil in the Testing Center - June 2018

For the purposes of testing, students will no longer be using their personal Kurzweil accounts.

Kurzweil accounts specific to each testing station have been set up to ensure the integrity of the test taking process. The dictionary, translation, spell check, word prediction, brainstorm, and outline features have all been disabled and will not be able available anytime during the test. 

Going forward, this will be the protocol unless otherwise allowed by your instructor and requested from the DRS Office at least 7 days prior to taking a test.

Updates to the Academic Advisement process - May 2018

CGCC is always looking for ways to imporve student success and make your interactions with faculty and staff as productive as possible. Ensuring that students reach the department best equipped to address their needs is a key component of that goal. 

As many of you know, there have been recent updates to CGCC's course catalog and how students are placed in these courses. For this reason and per campus protocol, DRS staff will no longer be able to advise students on class placement or register students for their classes. 

All DRS students with inquiries regarding class scheduling and class placement will be referred to the Coyote Center for Academic Advisement or Admissions and Records. These departments are best suited to give accurate and up-to-date advisement in these areas.

We appreciate your understanding during this time of transition, and please let us know if you have any questions.

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 

​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



Fall - Spring
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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 - Office: BRD109
Email: dawn.gruichich@cgc.edu

Coordinator of DRS: Juwanta Steed, M.Ed.
Phone: 480.857.5187 - Office: BRD110
Email: juwanta.steed@cgc.edu

Assistive Technology Specialist: Danielle Samson, AA (Pursue BSN)
Phone: 480.857.5190 - Office: BRD103
Email: danielle.samson@cgc.edu

Office Coordinator: Margaret Walker
Phone: 480.857.5189 - Office: BRD107

Faculty & Administration 

DRS Faculty Liaison: Dr. Scott Silberman, Psychology Faculty
ADA Coordinator: Veronica Hipolito, Vice President Student Affairs