How to Get Started

 

  • UF Campus-based: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Academic accommodations are available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. This section provides information for undergraduate and graduate students who are in Gainesville UF campus-based programs. If you are enrolled in a distance learning program (e.g. UFOnline), please go to the section titled: ‘UFOnline and Distance Learning: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional, and/or Non-Degree Seeking Students’.

If you would like to meet with a Disability Resource Center (DRC) staff member to review what accommodations and services are available or offered by the DRC, what documentation is required to register with the DRC, or to acquaint yourself with the office, please call our office at 352-392-8565 to schedule an Inquiry appointment.

First step - Register with the Disability Resource Center:

  1. In order to register with the DRC so you can request academic accommodations, you must provide disability documentation and initiate the intake process. Since some accommodations require significant pre-planning, you are advised to begin the intake process well in advance of the start of your first academic semester. Contact the Disability Resource Center at 352-392-8565 to schedule an Intake appointment.
  2. Please ensure the following documents are provided to the Disability Resource Center in advance of or at the time of your Intake appointment.
    • Disability documentation: Documentation from a qualified physician or other licensed professional in a field related to the disability is required. Since each disability is unique, details of what constitutes appropriate documentation is provided in the ‘Documentation Guidelines’ section on this webpage. At a minimum, the documentation must provide verification of the disability, document the functional limitations noted as a result of the disability, and offer recommendations of possible accommodations.
  3. Documents can be sent to the Disability Resource Center via:
    Mail Disability Resource Center
    University of Florida
    PO Box 114085
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4085
    Fax 352-392-8570
    E-mail accessuf@dso.ufl.edu
  4. The intake process typically consists of two components – completing an Intake appointment and viewing the New Student Registration Presentation. The Intake appointment and the New Student Registration Presentation can occur in either order.
    1. The Intake appointment is a 1:1 appointment with a DRC staff member during which:
      • The DRC staff member will review your documentation
      • You should be prepared to discuss the impact of your disability in the academic environment, your history of accommodation, and your potential accommodation needs
      • The DRC staff member and you will make a decision about your accommodations
      • The DRC staff member will share self-advocacy information and strategies
    2. The New Student Registration Presentation is designed to provide an overview of relevant DRC policy and procedure, as well as available DRC and campus services.
  5. If you are a graduate student who requires employment-related accommodations, please contact Ken Osfield in the ADA Compliance Office at 352-392-1591 or osfield@ufl.edu.

Next Steps – Request your accommodation letters and provide to your instructors:

  1. When you have completed the intake process, you will be able to request accommodation letters online via the DRC website. Accommodation letters are your way of communicating your accommodation needs to instructors.
  2. Upon receipt of your request, an e-mail with a PDF attachment of your letter will be sent to you via your GatorLink e-mail within two business days.
  3. Set up a time to meet with your instructor(s) to present your accommodation letters and discuss your specific accommodation needs.
  4. Contact the Disability Resource Center if you need to discuss a modification to your accommodation letter due to changes in the impact of your disability or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the implementation of your accommodations.
  5. Request your accommodation letters at the beginning of each successive semester.
  • UF campus-based: Professional School Students

Academic accommodations are available to professional school students with disabilities. This section provides information for professional school students who are in Gainesville UF campus-based or site-based (e.g. Pharm.D. program at the Orlando campus) programs. If you are enrolled in a distance learning program (e.g. Working Professional Pharm.D. program), please go to the section titled: ‘UFOnline and Distance Learning: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional, and/or Non-Degree Seeking Students’.

First Step - Register with the Disability Resource Center:

  1. In order to register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) so you can request academic accommodations, you must provide disability documentation and schedule a 1:1 intake appointment. Since some accommodations require significant pre-planning, you are advised to begin the intake process well in advance of the start of your first academic semester.
  2. Contact the Disability Resource Center at 352-392-8565 to schedule an Intake appointment. If you are unable to meet with a DRC staff member in Gainesville and your program is not a Gainesville UF campus-based program, please let the receptionist know that the appointment will need to be a phone Intake appointment. Appointments via Skype and Facetime are also available.
  3. If the Intake appointment will not be in-person, please ensure the following documents are provided to the Disability Resource Center in advance of your Intake appointment. If the documents are not received by the time of your appointment, the appointment will be re-scheduled.
    • Disability documentation: Documentation from a qualified physician or other licensed professional in a field related to your disability is required. Since each disability is unique, details of what constitutes appropriate documentation is provided in the ‘Documentation Guidelines’ section on this webpage. At a minimum, the documentation must provide verification of the disability, document the functional limitations noted as a result of the disability, and offer recommendations of possible accommodations.
    • Identification verification: A scanned copy of your driver's license, UFID, or official photo identification card is required.
    • Student Responsibility and Consent Agreement form
  4. Documents can be sent to the Disability Resource Center via:
    Mail Disability Resource Center
    University of Florida
    PO Box 114085
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4085
    Fax 352-392-8570
    E-mail accessuf@dso.ufl.edu
  5. The Intake appointment is a 1:1 appointment with a DRC staff member during which:
    • The DRC staff member will review your documentation
    • You should be prepared to discuss the impact of your disability in the academic environment, your history of accommodation, and your potential accommodation needs
    • The DRC staff member and you will make a decision about your accommodations
    • The DRC staff member will share self-advocacy information and strategies

Next Steps – Request your accommodation letters and provide to your program:

  1. When you have completed your Intake appointment, you will be able to request your accommodation letters online via the DRC website. The accommodation letter serves as the notification to your program of your accommodation needs.
  2. Upon receipt of your request, an e-mail with a PDF attachment of your letter will be sent to you via your GatorLink e-mail within two business days.
  3. Each professional school program has a program advisor who serves as a liaison between the Disability Resource Center and your course coordinators and individual instructors and, in many cases, assists in coordinating your accommodation needs.
  4. The accommodation letter may be valid for the duration of your program. However, some programs may require that you request and deliver an accommodation letter on a more frequent basis or to course coordinators/individual instructors each semester.
  5. Professional School Program Advisors are as follows:
    Dental

    Patty Xirau‑Probert
    Censeri Abare

    352-273-5954
    352-273-5947
    pprobert@dental.ufl.edu
    cabare@dental.ufl.edu
    Dentistry Procedures: Submit Accommodation Letter once to liaison. Liaison will then coordinate accommodations with instructors as well as Ellen for notes & Sherry for testing.
    Law

    Brian Mitchell
    Ellen Robinson
    Sherry Johnson
    Rachel Inman

    352-273-0620
    352-273-0624

    352-273-0620
    mitchell@law.ufl.edu
    robinson@law.ufl.edu
    johnsons@law.ufl.edu
    inman@law.ufl.edu
    Law Procedures: Submit Accommodation Letter once to liaison. Liaison will then coordinate accommodations with instructors as well as Ellen for notes & Sherry for testing.
    Medicine

    Jim Gorske, liaison
    Patrick Duff

    352-294-8531
    352-273-7971
    jgorske@ufl.edu
    duffp@ufl.edu
    Medical Procedures: Submit accommodation letter to liaison initially and at the beginning of each semester. In coordination with student, liaison will forward letter to appropriate personnel. Student will be responsible for individual, in-person follow-up to discuss accommodations.
    Nursing

    Sharon Bradley
    Susan Schaffer
    Jennifer Elder

    352-273-6423

     
    sbradley@ufl.edu
    sdschaf@ufl.edu
    elderjh@ufl.edu
    Nursing Procedures: Submit an initial Accommodation Letter to liaison.
    Pharmacy

    Sarah Carswell
    Michael McKenzie
    Gregory Zuest
    William Millard
    Sarah Barker

    352-273-6220
    352-273-6221
    352-273-6276
    352-273-6111
    352-273-8178
    carswell@cop.ufl.edu
    mckenzie@cop.ufl.edu
    zuest@cop.ufl.edu
    millard@cop.ufl.edu
    sbarker@ufl.edu
    Pharmacy Procedures: Submit an Accommodation Letter at the beginning of each semester to the appropriate liaison/course coordinator. Std should then provide accomm ltr ea. sems. to course coord. & discuss accommodations.
    Physician Assistant

    Jim Gorske, liaison
    Ralph Rice

    352-294-8531
    352-294-8150
    jgorske@ufl.edu
    ralph.rice@medicine.ufl.edu
    Physician’s Assistant Procedures: Submit accommodation letter to liaison initially and at the beginning of each semester. In coordination with student, liaison will forward letter to appropriate personnel.
    Public Health and Health Professions

    Occupational Therapy:
    Joanne Foss
    Emily Pugh
    Physical Therapy:
    Steven George
    Gloria Miller
    Audiology:
    Carrie Howard
    Jean Burns
    Idella King
    Scott Griffiths


    352-273-6017
    352-273-6096

    352-273-6432
    352-273-6108

    352-273-2840
    352-273-6400
    352-273-3722
    352-273-3725

    jfoss@phhp.ufl.edu
    epugh@phhp.ufl.edu

    szgeorge@phhp.ufl.edu
    gtmiller@phhp.ufl.edu

    clh@phhp.ufl.edu
    jeburns@phhp.ufl.edu
    iking@ufl.edu
    sgriff@ufl.edu

    Occupational Therapy Procedures: Submit an Accommodation Letter to the school’s official liaison at the beginning of each semester. Joanne Foss will then prepare a letter of intent for administration of accommodations. Testing accommodations will be provided via the DRC Testing Office.
    Physical Therapy Procedures: Submit an initial Accommodation Letter to liaison. Then request an Accommodation Letter each semester personally addressed to each instructor.
    Audiology Procedures: Submit an initial Accommodation Letter to liaison. Then request an Accommodation Letter each semester personally addressed to each instructor.

    Veterinary Melissa Cox
    Amanda House
    Thomas Vickroy
    Khalid Snowden
    Ron Del Moro
    352-294-4262
    352-294-4380
    352-294-2744
    352-294-4263
     
    melissacox@ufl.edu
    housea@ufl.edu

    ksnowden@ufl.edu
    rondel@ufl.edu
    Veterinary Procedures: Submit an Accommodation Letter at the beginning of each semester to the appropriate liaison… Liaison, Melissa Cox, will then email Accmm Ltr to ea. Std’s course coordinator/course instructor with std’s permission and also cpy std on email. Cc Amanda House on all DRC email correspondence.
  6. Contact the Disability Resource Center if you need to discuss a modification to your accommodation letter due to changes in the impact of your disability or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the implementation of your accommodations.
  • UFOnline and Distance Learning: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional, and/or Non-Degree Seeking Students

Academic accommodations are available to all currently enrolled students, including students enrolled in distance learning programs.

If you are in the process of exploring distance learning options, please use the following tool to help you decide if distance learning is right for you: www.distance.ufl.edu/self-assessment.

If you have decided to enroll in a distance learning program, it is important to familiarize yourself with your program and its requirements. This webpage provides overview and point of contact information for each distance learning program offered by the University of Florida. This information can help you assess the impact on your disability and your potential accommodation needs. Call or e-mail your program’s point of contact if you have any questions.

First Step - Register with the Disability Resource Center:

  1. In order to register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) so you can request academic accommodations, you must provide disability documentation, view an Orientation session, and schedule a 1:1 Intake appointment. Since some accommodations require significant pre-planning, you are advised to begin the intake process well in advance of the start of your first academic semester.
  2. Contact the Disability Resource Center at 352-392-8565 to schedule an Intake appointment. If you are unable to meet with a DRC staff in Gainesville, please let the receptionist know that the appointment will need to be a phone intake appointment. Appointments via Skype and Facetime are also available.
  3. Please ensure the following documents are provided to the Disability Resource Center in advance of your Intake appointment. If the documents are not received by the time of your appointment, the appointment will be re-scheduled.
    • Disability documentation: Documentation from a qualified physician or other licensed professional in a field related to your disability is required. Since each disability is unique, details of what constitutes appropriate documentation is provided in the ‘Documentation Guidelines’ section on this webpage. At a minimum, the documentation must provide verification of the disability, document the functional limitations noted as a result of the disability, and offer recommendations of possible accommodations.
    • Identification verification: A scanned copy of your driver's license, UFID, or official photo identification card is required.
    • Student Responsibility and Consent Agreement form
  4. Documents can be sent to the Disability Resource Center via:
    Mail Disability Resource Center
    University of Florida
    PO Box 114085
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4085
    Fax 352-392-8570
    E-mail accessuf@dso.ufl.edu
  5. The intake process consists of two components – viewing the Orientation presentation and completing an Intake appointment.
    Note: the following presentation should be viewed as a ‘Slide Show’ in order for the accompanying audio to work properly. Begin the Slide show by pressing the ‘Slide Show’ icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of the PowerPoint window. Or, by pressing the F5 key on your keyboard. If you need assistance, please call 352-392-8565.
    1. The Orientation presentation is designed to provide an overview of relevant DRC policy and procedure and available DRC services. You must view the presentation before your Intake appointment. At the end of the Orientation presentation, you will receive information on how to verify your completion of the presentation.
    2. The Intake appointment is a 1:1 appointment with a DRC staff member during which:
      • You will call 352-392-8565 at the time of your appointment to be connected with a DRC staff member
      • The DRC staff member will review your documentation
      • You should be prepared to discuss the impact of your disability in the academic environment, your history of accommodation, and your potential accommodation needs
      • The DRC staff member and you will make a decision about your accommodations
      • The DRC staff member will share self-advocacy information and strategies

Next Steps – Request your accommodation letters and provide to your instructors:

  1. When you have completed your Intake appointment, you will be able to request your accommodation letters online via the DRC website. Accommodation letters are your way of communicating your accommodation needs to instructors. Upon receipt of your request, an e-mail with a PDF attachment of your letter will be sent to you via your GatorLink e-mail within two business days.
    • Be aware that some programs require that you provide an accommodation letter to a program coordinator or a testing coordinator.
    • Please contact your program if you have any questions about the distribution of your accommodation letters.
  2. Send your accommodation letters to your instructors via e-mail. You may want to consider sending your e-mail ‘Read/Receipt’ so that you will know the e-mail has been received. In the body of the e-mail, introduce yourself and indicate that you would like to determine the best method (e.g. phone call, e-mail, Skype) to review your accommodation letter and discuss your specific accommodation needs.
  3. Contact the Disability Resource Center if you need to discuss a modification to your accommodation letter due to changes in the impact of your disability or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the implementation of your accommodations.
  4. Request your accommodation letters at the beginning of each successive semester.