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Disability Resource Center (DRC)


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Disability Resource Center

College Center Building 10, Room 120
(650) 574-6438 Phone
(650) 574-6434 Fax
Spring 2020 Hours**
Monday  8 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 4:30 pm*
Thursday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8 am - 12 pm

* Closed from 2-3 pm for Department Meeting

** Office will be closed on the following dates:
  • Friday, Feb. 14 (Lincoln's Birthday)
  • Monday, Feb. 16 (President's Day)
  • Thursday, Mar. 5 (Flex Day)
  • Friday, Mar. 27 (Flex Day)
  • Mar. 19 - Apr. 4 (Spring Break)
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) facilitates equal access to an education for all students who have disabilities (permanent or temporary) by providing academic adjustments, counseling, and support services in accordance with State and Federal law. Additionally, the DRC serves as a resource for college staff to ensure an inclusive environment.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility to receive accommodations and services at the DRC, please contact us to make an appointment.

Disability Resource Center (DRC)


(650) 574-6438

College of San Mateo Disability Resource Center Accommodations Plan

This information will outline how to access accommodations and support services while we are remote.


As the San Mateo Community College District transitions to online instruction, the DRC wants to ensure your accommodations are in place and you are fully supported. The DRC is operational during this time.

If you have not already done so, please provide your instructors with your letter of accommodations. if you need any of the following: an electronic copy of your accommodation letter, counseling appointment, alternate media, assistive technology, or questions or concerns, contact csmdrc@smccd.edu. You may also call our main number and leave a detailed voice message with your name and G# (650) 574-6438. Several of us will be monitoring the emails and phones and will get back to you as soon as possible with an appointment or an answer to your question. If you feel you may benefit from academic adjustments and auxiliary aids, please complete the application for services and upload your verification of disability. You will find this application under forms. 

In-Class Accommodations

Classes will available through an online format utilizing Canvas. Most professors will be using discussion boards, posting PowerPoints and lectures notes, and posting videos as part of their instruction. Because of the change in format, there should not be a need for a peer note-taker. If you have any concerns about the accessibility of methods and/or materials being used in your online class, please contact the DRC.

Exam/Quiz Accommodations

Instructors are able to adjust exam and quiz time in Canvas. Your instructors should adjust your time to reflect your accommodated extended time for testing. You do not need to submit a Test Accommodation Request Form in order for your instructor to make these adjustments to your exam/quiz time.
If your instructor has not made the extended time adjustment, please remind them to do so. If you are having difficulty communicating with your instructor on the need for extended time, please contact the DRC.

Counseling/Accommodation Appointments

If you would like to request an appointment, contact us at csmdrc@smccd.edu. Please list all of your available days/times. Appointments will be available via phone or Zoom whichever format you feel most comfortable using. Please be aware that phone calls may appear as private/blocked and/or you will not recognize the number. Please answer any calls you receive during your appointed meeting time. Zoom: Is an easy to use conferencing platform that can be used on your cell phone, computer, or iPad, with or without video. If you chose the Zoom option, we will provide you information via an invite through your campus email. It’s really easy to use.

Assistive Technology & Alternate Media

Kurzweil 3000 will still be available to students who have this as an accommodation. Kurzweil does work in Canvas. If you need support in using Kurzweil in Canvas, please contact the DRC.

If you encounter any inaccessible materials that need to be converted into an electronic format please contact the DRC. We will continue with the 30-day equipment check-in appointments via phone or zoom. As always, if you are having any difficulties, please reach out.

Tutoring Support

Transitioning to online instruction can be very challenging. We are here to help during this transition and beyond. The DRC is offering tutoring via Zoom (it will be a more enriched experience if you use video for this). If you are interested in tutoring, please email us your available days/times and we will do our best to match your requested time.