About The DRC

The Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center  (DRC) at Berkshire Community College (BCC) has been in existence for more than 20 years.  As the number of students with disabiilties on campus has grown, there has been a comparable growth in the number of support services available.


The DRC has one full-time, 12-month coordinator, Pamela Farron; and one part-time, 12-month learning specialist, Kathleen Timpane.  In general, they provide assistance and information to faculty and students on meeting the requirements of  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008.


Pre-admission counseling, assistance with registration, help in obtaining notetakers, alternate test formats, extended testing time, and adaptive computing are some of the services available.

Special scheduling is also available for students using wheelchairs or other assistive devices; however, the majority of BCC’s buildings are accessible.  Existing structures on campus have been modified and are continually updated for accessibility.  Modifications include reserve parking spaces, curb cutouts, building approaches, wheelchair ramps, enclosed walkway, elevators, and electric doors.  Accessible transportation is available through Berkshire Transit Authority (BRTA). There are several drop off points located throughout the campus.


The DRC is located in the Susan B. Anthony building, room A-118 across from the college bookstore in the Student Support Center.  The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Appointments may be made by calling Mary Zanconato at (413) 236-1660. You may also email Mary at mzanconato@berkshirecc.edu.