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Departmental Accessibility Resource Coordinators

What's in a Name?

A “bottom-up and top down approach” calls for Departmental Accessibility Resource Coordinators (DARC) being visible in every campus department. Hence, the word Departmental is key to the acronym. Some of our ACCESS-ed Partners, who served as inspiration in the development of this concept, have utilized this concept for several years. 

At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and at UW - LaCrosse, the term for these representatives was and remains AARC, which stands for Access and Accommodation Resource Coordinators.  It was in the advent of the ADA that these AARC representatives were chosen or appointed on their respective campuses. Their purpose was to be a resource to their department regarding individualized accommodations, which became mandated with the passing of ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

It is hoped that in the years to come, campuses will choose to move in the direction of greater accessibility through the use of universal design in student services, instruction, information media and technology, and in physical access.

"July 26 marks the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.... the ADA's provisions include the right to seek, obtain, pursue and maintain employment without being hampered by physical or attitudinal barriers. I believe that having a job is a civil right. Those who are qualified for and want to work should not be denied that right because of an inaccessible building or an outdated set of assumptions about what they can or cannot do..."

Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor , July 24, 2009