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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) assists students with documented physical, mental, learning, visual, speech, or hearing disabilities.

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*Physical access to CNM campuses is restricted as part of CNM's response to COVID-19. We are ready to help you via email or phone.

Main Campus DRC Office

Disability Resource Center 
Second Floor, Student Services Center
SSC Room 209 
900 University SE

Mailing Address:
525 Buena Vista SE 
Albuquerque, NM 87106-4096

Phone: 
Voice: (505) 224-3259 
Toll free: (888) 453-1304 
Fax: (505) 224-3261

Email:
drc@cnm.edu

Regular Hours

  • Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed during CNM Holidays
 

FAQ's about DRC Services during CNM's Remote Operations

Is CNM’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) open right now?  
Yes. The DRC is serving students remotely at this time; our physical offices are closed and we are here to meet with you via phone, email, or video call. To request a meeting, you can contact your DRC Academic Coach directly at their email address or contact the DRC at 505.224.3259 or drc@cnm.edu and we will forward your question to the appropriate DRC team member.

Can I get an electronic copy of my Student Accommodation Statement (SAS)?
Yes.  Email your request to the DRC (DRC@cnm.edu) and we will send a PDF version of your current SAS to your CNM email account.  If your SAS is over 1 year old, we will schedule a meeting with your DRC Academic Coach to update the SAS.

I need help with accommodations for my class. How do I talk to my DRC coach? 

  • You can reach out to your DRC Academic Coach directly, or contact the DRC (DRC@cnm.edu or 505.224.3259) to set up a meeting with them.  DRC Academic Coaches are currently meeting with students via phone or video conference. 
  • If you need a copy of your current Student Accommodation Statement (SAS), please email your request to the DRC (DRC@cnm.edu) and we will email it to your CNM email account.

How do I use accommodations in online classes?  Who do I contact if I have difficulty using accommodations?
Discuss your SAS and which accommodations you will need with each instructor.  They can work collaboratively with you and your DRC Academic Coach to make sure that you have access to the course materials and activities.  If you experience specific barriers, please notify your DRC Academic Coach so they can assist you.  DRC Academic Coaches are currently meeting with students via phone or video conference.

How do I schedule an accommodated test or quiz for an online class?
Many testing accommodations can be provided directly by the instructor in the course shell or accessed at home (e.g. access to water and medication during exams or extended time testing).  If you don’t know how to access a specific testing accommodation from home, please work with the DRC’s Testing Technician by emailing drc@cnm.edu with your testing question.  We will work collaboratively with you, your instructor, and your DRC Academic Coach to implement the accommodation or determine an equivalent alternative.

How do I return equipment I borrowed from the DRC?
If you borrowed equipment like a Smartpen or digital audio recorder from the DRC for spring 2020, your return deadline is extended until we can arrange an in-person return option. You are not required to return equipment by the end of the semester and we will not place holds on your student accounts or bill you for non-returned equipment during this time. Please keep the equipment until CNM resumes in-person operations on campus. If you have an urgent need to return DRC equipment to us, please contact us at drc@cnm.edu or 505.224.3259.

With the transition to online instruction, I anticipate different barriers related to my disability and would like to request new accommodations. How do I do this?
If you are not currently registered with the DRC, please submit a First Time Request for DRC Services to begin the process of requesting accommodations for classes.

If you already use DRC services, please contact your DRC Academic Coach to update your Student Accommodation Statement (SAS).  You can contact your DRC Academic Coach directly at their email address or contact the DRC at 505.224.3259 or drc@cnm.edu

How do I request a reader/writer for my online class?
Often students find that the barriers to information access and notetaking they experience in face-to-face classes do not exist in an online course.  The materials may have deeper written explanations and audio/visual content may be paused or replayed for a student to take notes at a pace that works for them.  If you experience a barrier to information access in an online class, email your DRC Academic Coach to work with them on the barriers you are experiencing and how we can overcome those. If, through this interactive process, you and the DRC Academic Coach determine that you require a reader/writer for information access in your online course, the DRC Academic Coach will assist you with submitting the request for that accommodation.  You can contact your DRC Academic Coach at their email address or by contacting the DRC at 505.224.3259 or drc@cnm.edu.

How do I request a Signed Language Interpreter?
If this is a one-time request (e.g., meeting with coach, instructor’s office hours, online tutoring session), please fill out the One-Time Interpreter Request Form at least 5 days prior to your meeting. The Disability Services Manager will assign an interpreter to your request.

  • If your meeting is online, the interpreter will need a link to join your meeting.  Please include the link in the comment section of the form.

If you need language access in your online course (e.g., live or recorded lectures, synchronous group activities) ongoing, please email DRC@cnm.edu with a copy of your schedule (instructions on how to create a digital copy of your schedule follow).  The logistics of interpretation in each class will depend on what types of activities the instructor has planned and what class technologies are being used.

  • To create a digital copy of your schedule:
  • Sign in to myCNM and click on Cashier tab.
  • Under the “Make a Payment” heading, select “Your Schedule/Bill”. Select Summer 2020 to open your schedule.
  • Right-click on the schedule and select Print or press Ctrl + P on the keyboard.  Select the Print as PDF option. This “virtually prints” your schedule as a PDF.

How do I submit my requests for books or Brailled materials online?
You can submit your book requests entirely via email.

  1. Sign in to myCNM and click on Cashier tab.
  2. Under the “Make a Payment” heading, select “Your Schedule/Bill”. Select Summer 2020 to open your schedule.
  3. Right-click on the schedule and select Print or press Ctrl + P on the keyboard.  Select the Print as PDF option. This “virtually prints” your schedule as a PDF.
  4. Send an email to drc@cnm.edu including the following:
    • Attached copy of summer 2020 schedule from step 3.
    • What you are requesting and for which classes in the body of the email
      • eg., “I request alternative format textbooks for all classes,” “I request an audiobook for SPAN 1110,” “I request Brailled textbooks for ENGL 1120.”
    • Current, working phone number
    • (optional) textbook receipts/proof of purchase. This step can also wait until you are notified to pick up your books.

We will process your request as soon as we receive complete request.

When your books are ready, we will reach out to you via your CNM email and the phone number you included in your request. We will give you a link to download your textbooks.

If you are unable to complete any part of the request, contact the DRC at 505.224.3259 or drc@cnm.edu.

How do I complete my Part-Time Lottery Waiver for students with disabilities for summer 2020?
You do not complete a Part-Time Lottery Waiver for summer terms.  The Lottery scholarship is only used in fall and spring terms.

If you would like to plan ahead and complete a Part-Time Lottery Waiver for fall 2020 at this time, please contact your DRC Academic Coach directly at their email address or by contacting the DRC at 505.224.3259 or drc@cnm.edu.

First Time Request for CNM Disability Resource Services

About the DRC

The Disability Resource Center's mission is to work in partnership with students who have disabilities. We provide accommodations that promote an accessible educational environment at CNM. Our goal is to empower students and ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities by minimizing barriers such as physical, psychological and academic. We support student academic success through the use of auxiliary aids, accommodations and disability services.

Available Resources

Here are some examples of the services provided by the Disability Resource Center, depending on disability:

  • Program Planning
  • Braille Printing
  • Instructional Materials in Alternative Formats
  • Classroom Accommodations; academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids
  • Extended Time Testing and Alternative Testing Formats
  • Notetakers/Readers/Writers
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology
  • Coordination with Community Support Agencies

 

DRC Responsibilities

The DRC has the responsibility to administer, maintain and supervise support services for students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws. 

The DRC has the responsibility to 

  • Provide reasonable accommodations.
  • Accept appropriate documentation of a disability from a qualified professional.
  • Maintain confidentiality about students' disability information 

The DRC is not responsible for

  • Providing formal assessments to determine disability.
  • Reducing or altering essential requirements of a course or program or department's academic standards.
  • Providing personal attendants, personal assistive devices, or service animals.
  • Sending Student Accommodation Statements to instructors.

 

Access DRC Forms

Disability Resource Center services are provided at all campuses, although our office is located solely at Main campus. Feel free to contact us to help you out.

Non-Discrimination Notice

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