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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) offers the following services for students with disabilities:  accommodations access/planning meeting, evaluation referral options, disability-related information, adaptive technology, advocacy for students’ rights, and intervention services with faculty members.  The DRC does not diagnose or conduct disability testing; however, students may contact the DRC office for a referral list of qualified professionals in the surrounding area.  Additionally, the DRC does not provide services such as tutoring, personal equipment, personal attendants, or scholarships. 

MISSION STATEMENT:  The DRC promotes an inclusive environment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville that is free of physical and attitudinal barriers to ensure students with disabilities engage in a full range of college experiences. The DRC strives to be responsive to student needs by facilitating reasonable accommodations that aid in the student’s academic success as well as empower students to be self-advocates. 

Students can only self-identify a disability and request services with the Disability Resource Center and no one else on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus. 

 

Register

How to Request and Receive Academic Accommodations:

Eligibility:

Students must request to receive disability-related accommodations by completing the following process:

Apply and be accepted for admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) through the university’s admissions process. Office of Admissions. Complete and submit your application for Disability Services.

  1. Upload documentation that supports your request for academic accommodations. 
  2. Complete the initial Accommodation Planning Meeting (intake) with the Disability Resource Center staff.

After the initial planning meeting, students must request accommodations for their classes each semester using Accessible Information Management (AIM) in order to have Faculty Notification Letters (FNLs) prepared and distributed to faculty. 

Log into AIM  

You must use your university email when completing the application.
Returning Students: How to Request Accommodations

Students who were approved for services after February 8, 2019, will need to complete a new student application.  

Registering with the Disability Resource Center (DRC):

It is the student’s responsibility to make their accommodation needs known and to provide appropriate documentation to support the requested accommodations.  Students must also request accommodations for their classes each semester using AIM in order to have FNLs prepared and distributed.

Documentation:

Disability documentation can be submitted for review at any time during the year as long as the student is a currently enrolled student at TAMUK or an incoming student that has accepted their offer of admission. Documentation submitted to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is confidential and used solely for the purpose of determining appropriate academic accommodations.  Affiliation with the DRC is not reported on a student’s transcript. Students should review the Documentation Guidelines for more information.  Documentation should be uploaded through AIM. For more information about how to submit documentation, please contact the DRC at (361) 593-3024.

Once a Student Applies for Services:

Once a student’s application and supporting documentation is received the student’s file will be submitted to DRC Staff for a panel review and assigned to a DRC staff member.  After review, DRC staff will contact the student to schedule the Access Planning Meeting.  This process may take up to fourteen business days for students who are currently enrolled in classes. Newly admitted students will be contacted once the application and documentation is received, however the review will not take place until after the student has attended Hoggie Days and uploaded their student detailed schedule. At the postsecondary education level, students are solely responsible for decisions regarding their accommodation needs.  Parents may attend meetings with their student and DRC staff at the student’s discretion. 

Accommodations are based on the specific disability, documented needs, students self-report, and the nature of the course(s).  During the Access Planning Meeting the DRC staff will review the student’s file to determine appropriate academic accommodations.  Students will also be provided with instructions regarding faculty notification and their responsibilities after the initial meeting, including using AIM to request accommodations for classes each semester.

Accessible Information Management (AIM)

Requesting Accommodations (Returning Students) through AIM:

The DRC uses an online system, Accessible Information Management (AIM), where students can request accommodations for their classes.

AIM keeps track of applications, exams, documentation, loaned equipment and accommodations. This allows students to request accommodations online as well as update their information as needed. You will log into your account with your Desktop ID and password.

(Note: If the last time that you registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) was prior to the Spring 2018 semester, please contact our office before you attempt to login to AIM.)

You are no longer required to submit a registration form or class schedule.

(Note: AIM pulls your course data from TAMUK's student information management system. Please allow up to 48 hours from the time that you completed your course registration in Blue & Gold for the courses to show up in AIM.)

AIM allows you to generate and send your Faculty Notification Letters (FNLs) to your Professors and Instructors.

(Note: To print a PDF version of your FNL, go to My Dashboard>>>PRINTING FACULTY NOTIFICATION LETTER IN PDF.)

When logged into AIM, you can see your schedule and request accommodations specific to each course. Under “My Dashboard” you will see your schedule of classes, along with your eligible accommodations.

(Note: Approved accommodations are determined at the Access Planning Meeting “intake” when you first register with the DRC.)

Please, consider each course and indicate those accommodations that you feel are needed as you are able to customize your accommodation request for each of your courses.

(Note: You can modify your accommodation request at any time during the semester; however, accommodations are not retroactive).

 

Announcements and Reminders:

Students are responsible for registering with the DRC each semester (including summer sessions) through the AIM registration system. Registering is important for updating records and notifying the DRC that a student wants to utilize DRC services for the semester.

This page was last updated on: August 13, 2019