Mission Statement & History

Mission Statement:

To ensure equal access.


In the late 1960's large numbers of Vietnam veterans with disabilities selected Arizona State University (ASU) to pursue educational retraining goals under the GI bill. By 1973, having realized the attraction of the warm climate and flat terrain, ASU committed to providing access to all programs and facilities for students with disabilities. By the mid-eighties, ASU was well on its way to becoming one of the most physically accessible campuses in the nation.

The Disability Resource Center was designated by ASU over 25 years ago in support of students with disabilities, and has developed and strengthened inter-departmental campus and community partnerships to further accomplish its mission and goals. These partnerships have supported DRC professional staff in facilitating a wide range of academic support accommodations for qualified ASU students with disabilities that numbered over 1,300 in 2004-2005.