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:
- 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.
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.
Documents can be sent to the Disability Resource Center via:
Disability Resource Center
University of Florida
PO Box 114085
Gainesville, FL 32611-4085
Fax 352-392-8570 email@example.com
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.
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
- 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.
- The Intake appointment is a 1:1 appointment with a DRC staff member during which:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Steps – Request your accommodation letters and provide to your instructors:
- 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.
- 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.
- Set up a time to meet with your instructor(s) to present your accommodation letters and discuss your specific accommodation needs.
- 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.
- Request your accommodation letters at the beginning of each successive semester.