History and Mission


Prior to 1973, students with disabilities attended the University of Florida in small numbers and were served one-on-one by various campus offices. Initial efforts to provide comprehensive services were a result of a graduate student group in the Rehabilitation Counseling Department. This small group of students provided an initial accessibility survey of University buildings, and established the groundwork for what would become the current Disability Resource Center. In 2002, the Office for Students with Disabilities changed its name to Disability Resources. Four years later, in 2006, after Reid Hall's basement was renovated, Disability Resources moved from Peabody Hall and changed its name to the Disability Resource Center (DRC).

Mission and vision

The Disability Resource Center celebrates disability identity as a valued aspect of diversity. We champion a universally accessible community that supports the holistic advancement of individuals with disabilities.

The Disability Resource Center envisions a universally inclusive community where all individuals are seen as valued and contributing leaders of society.