Philosophy and Mission

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) offers quality programs and courses to meet the different community interests, student abilities and personal objectives of citizens of all ages and levels of education, for the purpose of improving the quality of life, the economic conditions, and the public welfare of our state.

It is the policy of DMACC to comply with the access provisions of the state and federal civil rights legislation for persons with disabilities. DMACC is committed to providing an accessible environment that supports students with disabilities in reaching their full potential. Support services are available for students with disabilities to ensure equal access to educational opportunities.

College policy calls for reasonable accommodation to be granted to students with disabilities in the form of auxiliary aids and services. DMACC employs a Disability Services Coordinator to review and grant requests for reasonable accommodation. The DMACC procedure, ES4610, Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities may be accessed at the following link. DMACC Procedure for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Services Coordinator coordinates services for students with disabilities on the Ankeny campus and grants accommodations for students district-wide. A contact liaison is available on each campus to assist with coordination of services for students with disabilities.

DMACC employs two licensed Sign Language Interpreters (full-time staff) who provide communication access district-wide for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. DMACC provides interpreters who value the rights of students, meet the requirements of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and support students to reach their full potential.

DMACC is committed to assuring that its campuses and programs are free from discrimination and harassment.

Students who wish additional information or assistance may refer to Student Services procedure ES 4645 located at https://www.dmacc.edu/student_services/int/Procedures/ES4645%20Final.pdf.

The Program Development/Academic Support Services Director is the official Student Accommodation Officer/Section 504/ADA Coordinator for DMACC. The ADA Coordinator's office is located in Bldg. 6-10E on the Ankeny Campus and may be reached at (515-964-6857). The ADA Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the college complies with federal regulations that guarantee qualified students with disabilities equal access to all programs and services. Any student, faculty, or staff member may contact the ADA Coordinator's office for clarification of federal regulations, appeal of a grievance, or resolution of a disability-related problem.

For more information concerning the ADA, students may contact the Office of Civil Rights at:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html 

Disability Definitions within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II
http://www.ada.gov/ada_title_II.htm

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as any person who
(1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; (2) has a record of such impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such impairment.
No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person's association with a person with a disability.
 A person with a disability who is qualified for receipt of educational opportunities, public adult educational services or other services in that he or she satisfies, with or without reasonable accommodation, all of the academic and technical standards, essential eligibility requirements, and other applicable educational-related criteria qualifies for support as a student with a disability.