Get Started with the DRC

The purpose of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to address access barriers, which may vary from course to course. Students with disabilities can connect with our office to receive support services and accommodations.

Step 1: Connecting with the DRC

1.1: Pre-Registration

The pre-registration form communicates important information to your Accessibility Specialist regarding how you experience your disability at the University of Florida. Through identifying barriers to success, you and your Accessibility Specialist can collaborate on selecting appropriate academic and housing accommodations.

Please fill out the DRC Pre-Registration form found at the bottom of this page in order to initiate contact with the DRC.

1.2: Pre-Registration Review

The DRC will review your pre-registration form and assign you to an Accessibility Specialist. The DRC will respond to your pre-registration form request to your UFL email with your assigned Accessibility Specialist’s name and link to schedule your initial appointment.

If you are only requesting Housing Accommodations or Emotional Support Animals within housing you may not need to come in for a meeting with an Accessibility Specialist. The DRC will reach out to you regarding your request, via email.

1.3: Schedule Initial Appointment

Once you receive the email from the DRC, utilize the link provided to schedule your initial appointment with your assigned Accessibility Specialist

1.4: Initial Appointment

The initial appointment is a 1:1 meeting between you and your Accessibility Specialist. You are vital source of information regarding how you may experience barriers. During this initial meeting, the Accessibility Specialist will engage in a structured exchange with you to explore previous educational experiences, past use of accommodations, and what has been effective and ineffective in providing access.

Things to Consider for your Initial Appointment:
  • Disability documentation should be current and relevant, but does not necessarily need to be recent.
  • Some requested accommodations may require more detailed documentation to illustrate a connection between the impact of the disability, the described barrier, and the requested accommodation.
  • The DRC recognizes that access needs vary from course to course or as diagnoses and symptoms change. Accommodations are changes in the learning environment that remove barriers and provide opportunities for accessible learning. Therefore, students should connect with their Accessibility Specialist on a regular basis in order to ensure that access needs are met.

Step 2: Receiving Your Accommodations

2.1: Requesting your Accommodation Letter

Students will need to request a current accommodation letter each semester per course in order to receive academic accommodations. During your initial appointment, your Accessibility Specialist will review the process to request your accommodation letter through the DRC’s online portal. Students are responsible for requesting their current accommodation letter by submitting an Accommodation Letter Request per course per semester and/or as accommodations change within a semester.

Third-party Release of Information

If you would like a third-party individual (parent, guardian, partner, etc.) to have access to your DRC records, documentation, and Accessibility Specialist, please use the Third Party Release Form

Documentation Release Form

If you would like a copy of your medical documentation on file at the DRC, please fill out the Individual Release of Information Form. The documentation that you requested will be emailed to your UFL email.