About the Disability Resource Center

History of the Disability Resource Center

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).

Philosophy and Mission

There is a strong commitment to equal education for all students at the University of Florida. The University will strive to be aware of and sensitive to the unique needs of all students. Student needs will be addressed through a lens of knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to cultural, racial, religious, ethnic, and disability diversity.

The Disability Resource Center in the Dean of Students Office utilizes knowledge and expertise in the fields of disability and higher education to create an inclusive environment by:

  • Acting as a resource for students with physical, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities;
  • Facilitating and providing support for reasonable accommodations for students in order to afford equal access to academic courses, programs, and activities;
  • Providing services to address the impact of disabilities on student performance and success in and out of the classroom;
  • Empowering students to articulate their strengths and advocate for their accommodations; and
  • Creating opportunities to educate the campus community on disability laws, trends, universal design, programs, and services.