The Pioneering Access Ceremony is an annual celebration by the Disability Resource Center that acknowledges students with disabilities who are graduating from the University of Florida. In this intimate ceremony, graduating students with disabilities will be able to celebrate in a community with other students with disabilities as well as have the opportunity to thank faculty and staff who have made a difference in their college experience. The Pioneering Access Ceremony will recognize our Johnson Scholarship Renewal Recipients, DRC graduating students, as well as present our annual Pioneering Access Awards to the faculty, staff, department, and student who have championed disability inclusion. The first 25 DRC graduating students who RSVP will receive a DRC honor cord so they can proudly represent the disability community at their commencement ceremony.

April 25th | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Graham Gallery
  • Any Disability Resource Center students graduating in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or Fall 2019
  • Johnson Scholar Renewal Recipients
  • Dinner
  • Presentation of Pioneering Access Awards
  • Johnson Scholarship Renewal Recognition’s
  • Presentation of DRC cords to graduating students
All DRC students received an email by March 8, to participate in nominating for awards as well as the link to RSVP. Students graduating in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019 should RSVP to attend the graduation.

If you did not receive an invitation but should have, please email Amanda Metzler at ametzler@ufsa.ufl.edu

Pioneering Access Awards

The Disability Resource Center is proud to present four annual awards at this events. These awards are presented to the individuals/departments who are committed to providing access for students with disabilities. Descriptions, eligibility, and nomination links for each award can found below. Nominations from registered DRC students are given special consideration and will be accepted through April 15th.

AWARD DESCRIPTION
The Pioneering Access Student Award is presented to an individual who as a student, is committed to providing access for students with disabilities by promoting inclusion on campus, and celebrating disability identity.

ELIGIBILITY
The individual nominated must meet the following:
• Be a full-time or part-time student at the University of Florida
• Currently enrolled (students already graduated are not eligible)
• Demonstrate a commitment to providing access for students with disabilities
• Evidence of promoting inclusion on campus
• Evidence of celebrating disability identity

AWARD DESCRIPTION
The Pioneering Access Faculty Award is presented to an individual who as a faculty member, is committed to providing access for students with disabilities by promoting inclusion on campus and utilizing Universal Design for Learning techniques within their classroom and college.

ELIGIBILITY

The individual nominated must meet the following:
• Be a full-time, part-time, or adjunct faculty member
• Currently work at the University of Florida
• Demonstrate a commitment to providing access for students with disabilities
• Evidence of promoting inclusion on campus
• Evidence of utilizing Universal Design for Learning techniques in their class
AWARD DESCRIPTION
The Pioneering Access Staff Award is presented to an individual who as a staff member, is committed to providing access for students with disabilities by promoting inclusion on campus and actively working to break down barriers and create a universally inclusive environment within their department.

ELIGIBILITY

The individual nominated must meet the following:
• Be a TEAMS or OPS staff member
• Currently work at the University of Florida
• Demonstrate a commitment to providing access for students with disabilities
• Evidence of promoting inclusion on campus
• Evidence of actively working to break down barriers
• Evidence of creating a universally inclusive environment within their department
AWARD DESCRIPTION
The Pioneering Access Department Award is presented to a department who is committed to providing access for students with disabilities by promoting inclusion on campus, consider diverse student populations when creating events, and partnering with our office to champion an environment that supports the holistic advancement of students with disabilities.

ELIGIBILITY
The department nominated must meet the following:
• Be a department at the University of Florida
• Evidence promoting inclusion on campus
• Evidence of considering diverse student populations
• Evidence of supporting the holistic advancement of students with disabilities

The nomination process is complete for the 2019 Pioneering Access Awards. Nominations will be opened in Spring 2020 for the 2020 Pioneering Access Awards.