The purpose of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) 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. The DRC will respond to your pre-registration form request to your UFL email with your assigned Learning Specialist’s name.
If you are only requesting Housing Accommodations or Emotional Support Animals within housing you may not need to come in for a meeting with a Learning 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, 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 you and your Learning Specialist. You are vital source of information regarding how you may experience barriers. During this initial meeting, the Learning 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 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 to request a current accommodation letter each semester per course in order to receive academic accommodations. During your initial appointment, your Learning 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.
Release of Information
If you would like a third party individual to have access to your DRC records and documentation, email your Learning Specialist to request a 3rd Party Release of Information be sent to you via DocuSign.
If you would like a copy of your medical documentation on file at the DRC, please fill out the Individual Release Form.