The purpose of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to is to address access barriers, which may vary from course to course. We work towards creating a campus culture of access and inclusion. Students with disabilities can connect with our office to receive support services and accommodations.
Step 1: Connecting with the DRC
The pre-registration form communicates important information to your Learning Specialist regarding how you experience your disability at the University of Florida. Through identifying barriers to success, you and your Learning 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 a Learning Specialist. Your Learning Specialist will reach out to you via email to introduce themselves and give you next steps on how to schedule your initial appointment.
1.3: Schedule Initial Appointment
Once you receive the email from your assigned Learning Specialist, you may call the DRC to schedule your initial appointment. Be sure to mention your Learning Specialist’s name when scheduling your appointment to be sure that you are connecting with the correct person.
1.4: Initial Appointment
The initial appointment is a 1:1 meeting between the student and their Learning Specialist. The student is a vital source of information regarding how they may experience barriers. During this initial meeting, the Learning Specialist will engage in a structured exchange with the student to explore previous educational experiences, past use of accommodations, and what has been effective and ineffective in providing access.
During this appointment you will review and sign a Student Consent and Agreement Form.
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 equitable opportunities for accessible learning. Therefore, students should connect with their Learning 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 a current accommodation letter each semester in order to receive academic accommodations in your courses. During your initial appointment, your Learning Specialist will print your letter and email it to you. After the first semester with the DRC, students are responsible for requesting their current accommodation letter by submitting an Accommodation Letter Request.
2.2: Communicating with Professors
In order to receive academic accommodations, students are responsible for submitting a current accommodation letter to the professor in each course. This should be an interactive conversation between the student and the instructor about the course requirements and the specific accommodations that the student anticipates utilizing in that course.
Things to consider when discussing accommodations:
- Students must provide ample notification of requested accommodations to their professors.
- Courses that are created with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles are both accessible and usable for a broad audience and, therefore, minimize the need for accommodations.
- Reasonable accommodations cannot fundamentally alter essential course or degree requirements.