Getting Started with the DRC

This page gives an overview the process to get registered with the DRC. You may apply for services at any time.  However, timely application (4 to 6 weeks before the start of the quarter) will help timely approval and setup of your accommodation(s).

We are currently scheduling Initial Access Meetings (IAMs) for the week of June 6th
(Updated May 23)

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Disability Accommodation process

We recommend you follow the Welcome Center’s steps to get started at Bellevue College before applying for DRC services. If you have questions, please contact our office at any time. We are excited to have you as part of our campus community!

Step 1: Submit an Initial Access Form

This form will ask you to describe the disability barriers you experience in a school or education setting. If you have not been in school or college recently, you can think about what you will experience or what you have experienced in work or volunteer settings. Your Access Specialist will also ask you more about this when you meet with them.

If you have difficulty with the MyDRC Initial Access Form, please contact us, or you can visit DRC Forms for other versions of the Initial Access Form.

If you have medical or educational information about your disability (such as assessments, IEP or 504 Plans, etc.), you can submit it with this form or email it to our office. We do not need to receive medical or education records to schedule an appointment.

Step 2: Schedule and Attend an Initial Access Meeting (IAM)

Once we have received the form, our office will reach out to schedule an Online Initial Access Meeting. This meeting is typically one hour long and will be a conversation with you and an Access Specialist regarding your disability information, and barriers you encounter in an academic setting to determine your accommodations.

To maintain confidentiality, we will need to contact you via your BC Email, so please be sure to check it after submitting the Initial Access Form.

Initial Access Meetings (IAMs) are being held online. These may happen over the phone or via teleconferencing, options will be given to you when scheduling.

You may choose to have a friend or family member with you at this meeting. You may have anyone join after completing a FERPA Release of Information Form. We recommend filling this out two (2) business days before your meeting, but if unable to do so, your Access Specialist will discuss the form with you at the beginning of your appointment. (Please note you can Withdraw your Release of Information at any time.)

We are currently scheduling Initial Access Meetings (IAMs) for the week of June 6th
(Updated May 23)

Congrats, you’re officially registered with the DRC!

Don’t forget to:

  •  Meet with an academic advisor who will work closely with you to determine an educational plan for your time at BC and provide continuing advising assistance throughout your study. More information is available on the Academic Advising website. If you are enrolling in a Professional/technical program, plan to meet with the faculty advisor from that program. A program guide to Bellevue College’s Professional/technical programs is available in the online catalog.
  • Register for Classes and use the DRC’s database, MyDRC, to request accommodations each quarter. Requesting your disability accommodations lets us know that you are registered for the quarter so our office and your faculty can coordinate and plan for your accommodations. Students can typically request accommodations in MyDRC 24-48 hours after they register for classes.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Academic Success Center and make a plan to go to tutoring! A BC Tutoring study showed students who utilize tutoring at least five times in a quarter (that’s just once every other week) are more likely to receive As and Bs in Math and English than students with less or no tutoring visits. The ASC is hosting virtual tutoring, both group and individual.

Student Responsibilities

Accommodations require shared responsibility among students, faculty, the DRC and the institution. Student responsibilities include:

  • Self-identifying as having a disability and completing the DRC registration process
  • Making reasonable and timely requests for accommodations, as well as confirming the arrangements for accommodations
  • Notifying the DRC of any concerns they may have regarding equitable access
  • Following the institutional appeal process
  • Costs associated with obtaining medical information (if applicable)

Last Updated May 23, 2022