A disability is a physical, sensory, cognitive, or psychological condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g. learning, hearing, seeing). Categories of disability include:
- Mental Health – Including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar, panic disorder, eating disorder, narcolepsy, Tourette’s
- Medical Health – Including, but not limited to: Crohn’s, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, cystic fibrosis, migraines, multiple sclerosis
- Learning – Including, but not limited to: disorders of written expression, reading, mathematics, expressive language
- Physical/mobility – including, but not limited to: temporary injury, paralysis, scoliosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, arthritis, spinal injury
- Visual – including, but not limited to: macular degeneration, cataracts, blindness, glaucoma
- Hearing – including, but not limited to: Deaf, hearing impaired, Meniere’s disease
- Other: Speech, TBI, Autism spectrum – may include stuttering, traumatic or mild brain injury, autism spectrum disorders
The disability must be documented by a qualified physician or other licensed professional in a field related to the disability. Since each disability is unique, guidelines for what constitutes appropriate documentation for a particular disability can be found under Documentation Guidelines. Students who would like to inquire about the availability of services based on their physical, sensory, cognitive, or psychological condition are encouraged to contact the DRC.
Yes, academic accommodations are available to all currently enrolled students including students enrolled in online or distance learning programs.
The registration process for distance learning students is similar to the process for Gainesville-based students. Please refer to questions two through four above. Intake appointments via phone or Skype are available. Additional information to support the registration process for distance learning students can be found under Get Started: UFOnline and Distance Learning Students.
As a distance learning student, it will be important for you to be aware of the following regarding the facilitation of your accommodations:
- How you will receive your accommodation letters?
- How you will deliver your accommodation letters to your instructors?
- How you will discuss your accommodations with your instructors?
- How you will coordinate your accommodations with your instructors?
Learning Strategy and Coaching sessions are available to registered DRC students to provide educational and solution-focused support in a one-to-one setting. Possible topics could include: learning strategies, test-taking strategies, coping skills for stress management, transitioning to college. For distance learning students, these sessions can be offered via phone or Skype. Additional information can be found under page Learning Strategies and Academic Coaching
Facilitated Groups are available to provide similar support in a group setting. A Sakai-based on-line discussion group is available to support distance learning students or students who are unable to attend groups. Additional information can be found under Groups.
Assistive technology is any item, equipment, or software program that is used by individuals with disabilities to increase or maintain abilities. The DRC offers students the following assistive technology either in the DRC Computer Labs or for download onto personal computers. Additional information can be found under Assistive Technology Page .
Available for download onto personal computers and in the DRC Computer Labs:
- Kurzweil 3000-firefly – Literacy Support Software
- Read&Write Gold – Literacy Support Software
- JAWS – Screen Reading Software for Students with Visual Impairments
- MAGic – Screen Magnification Software for Students with Visual Impairments
Available only in the DRC Computer Labs:
- ZoomText – Screen Magnification Software for Students with Visual Impairments
- Low Vision CCTV & Scanners