History and Mission

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).

Mission and vision

The Disability Resource Center celebrates disability identity as a valued aspect of diversity. We champion a universally-accessible campus community that supports the holistic advancement of individuals with disabilities.

The DRC envisions a campus where all individuals are seen as valued, skillful, and contributing leaders of our society. We envision an inclusive community that removes architectural, technological, and attitudinal barriers. We believe in providing all students with accessible opportunities that aid in their personal and professional development. We strive to foster spaces that empower students with agency to their own education and future.