DRC Programs and Services
UNF Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) promotes and
facilitates partnership among UNF students with disabilities and the UNF
community. Registration and services are voluntary, confidential and free of
charge to all UNF students with documented disabilities.
The primary mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC)
is to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to
educational opportunities at the University of North Florida. The DRC promotes
self-determination and self-advocacy of students with disabilities throughout
the university community. In addition, the DRC partners with other units on
campus to ensure that students with disabilities are provided the opportunity
to achieve their maximum potential.
Who does the DRC serve?
Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with
disabilities that include but are not limited to:
Learning disabilities (for example:
reading, writing, math, memory or processing disabilities)
ADHD and ADD, Physical disabilities,
Medical disabilities, Traumatic head injury
Blind or low vision, Deaf or hard
of hearing, Speech disabilities, Psychological
or emotional disabilities, Autism/Asperger's
and Other diagnosed disabilities
How do I receive services after my acceptance to UNF?
Apply for services as early as
Provide documentation which meets
Register for services at the DRC
when documentation is approved.
Provide accommodation letters to
How are postsecondary accommodations different from those in
Disclosure of your disability is
Registration with the DRC is the
Communication with the faculty is
initiated by the student.
Student information is disclosed to
anyone only with signed permission from the student (FERPA).
What are examples of accommodations I may receive?
Extended time on tests
Sign language interpreters
Use of computers, calculators, spell
What are additional services at the DRC?
Seminars to enhance academic success
Peer support groups
Support services for faculty
Blackboard site (electronic classroom)
Student Advisory Council
DRC staff availability
Students Helping Students for
DRC Testing Lab Stations and Assistive Technology
The DRC has assistive software available for registered
student use including; JAWS screen reader, Zoom Text screen reading magnifier,
Dragon speech to text, Kurzweil 3000 and Sonocent note capture software as well
as other applications. Please meet with a DRC staff member to discuss available
A DRC registered student may make a request through our
office to have any assistive software or hardware utilized by the DRC installed
in a campus classroom or lab in association with a course they are currently
enrolled in. The DRC will work with Information Technology Services and/or
Physical Facilities to ensure that the device or software is properly installed
for registered student use in the course.
For non-course related assistive software and device need
around campus please contact Information Technology Services and the ADA
ADA Compliance Contact: phone (904) 620-2870;
Information Technology Services Contact:
phone (904) 620-4357; email email@example.com
The DRC also has assistive hardware available for
registered student use. Devices available include; CCTV magnifier’s, portable
video magnifiers, assistive listening devices, Sorenson video relay equipment,
daisy players, digital recorders, smart pens, flatbed scanners, lab computer’s
with twenty four inch displays, alternative input devices, wheel chair
accessible tables and testing stations, rooms with outward opening doors and
automatic door openers as well as other assistive hardware devices.
Please contact DRC staff for further details.
UNF Library Assistive Technology
The UNF Library has assistive technology hardware and software
available in the Adaptive/Assistive Tech Lab in Room 2300B on the second floor,
Room 4106 on the fourth floor, in the first floor commons area as well as on
other work stations in the Library. All areas are accessible by elevator.
Please ask the library staff for assistance in finding and utilizing assistive
technology in the library. The library has JAWS, Zoom Text, Windows speech
recognition, CCTV Magnifier’s, flatbed scanners, wheel chair accessible tables,
automatic door openers, Sorenson video relay equipment and other devices and
software to assist students with disabilities.
Let us give you a BOOST to success!
is a service offered throughout the year, known as ‘BOOST Sessions,’ and is
offered through the DRC on campus. Sessions begin each semester and are
typically held once a week for three or four weeks, and are at least one hour
in length each week.
College Competency: Encouraging Student Success (ACCESS) Academy is a privately
funded program unique to the disability resource center on campus. ACCESS
Academy is designed to enhance strategic learning skills and BOOST your chance
of getting and staying ahead of the game. We want YOU to reach YOUR fullest
potential throughout YOUR college experience! ACCESS Academy is offered to
eligible UNF students who are currently registered with the DRC. In order to be eligible for ACCESS
Academy, students are required to be enrolled in at least one course AND the
course must be related to the session topic in order to be eligible for the
completion stipend. Attendance in all sessions per topic are mandatory and
out-of-session assignments must be completed in a timely manner in order to be
eligible for the stipend.
will receive a stipend at the successful completion of each boost session.
will have the opportunity to be KEYS for future ACCESS Academy participants
assistance is available anytime throughout the semester if you are not able to
enroll in a session. Quick Apps are a one-time only supplemental session that
focuses on one identified topic and is facilitated through existing KEYS’
-YOU, YES YOU,
will earn $100.00 at the completion of each session!
Session areas will include:
Beg. & Adv. Writing
Beg. & Adv. Time Management
Career Strategies I & II
Please contact Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore with any
questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Phone: (904) 620-5747
Transition to Health, Resources, Independence, Viable careers, and Education
the nation, hundreds of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are
applying and enrolling in institutions of higher education. At the University
of North Florida (UNF), we are proud to serve and support UNF students with ASD
on campus. To ensure UNF students with ASD experience successful collegiate benchmarks,
THRIVE was created and developed by dedicated staff within the disability
resource center (DRC) and the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).
Unique to UNF and the DRC, THRIVE focuses on three primary areas of need
including (a) social skills, (b) independent and responsible living skills, and
(c) career development skills. These core components comprise the fundamental
premises of THRIVE and consist of a series of steps to achieve competency in
each of the three areas. Using students' strengths and skills, THRIVE staff
will assist and support student-directed goals in each area identified by the
student. THRIVE was first developed in 2012, under the direct guidance of the
former DRC director, along with three UNF students. THRIVE has continued to
grow and remain sustainable with invested partnerships across campus, allowing
THRIVE to be available to eligible and accepted students at no
provide supplemental resources for degree-seeking students with autism spectrum
disorders (ASD) at the University of North Florida.
seeks to provide supplemental strategic supports for degree-seeking students
with ASD at UNF. With additional services in social communication skills, independent
living skills, and career development skills, THRIVE continues to support
students across all facets of UNF from freshmen to graduate students. This is
to ensure that THRIVE students at UNF have the greatest opportunities for
success within the collegiate environment with generalizable skills to life
beyond UNF. THRIVE believes that these basic supplemental services should be
provided to students at no additional cost, therefore, involvement in THRIVE is
free for eligible participants.
student leadership committee plans and facilitates social events both on and
off campus. Engaging in community opportunities such as volunteering, public
speaking events, high school outreach, and other community involvement
encourage THRIVE students to become active and contributing members of the
surrounding Jacksonville area. Each year, the student leadership team
(SLC) hosts, coordinates, and facilitates our Community Learning Opportunity
(CLO) where Jacksonville business and community members have the opportunity to
meet and interact with THRIVE students in an educational and safe environment.
Guests are provided the opportunity to hear firsthand what it is like to hire
an individual with ASD, work alongside, and sometimes even work for an employer
with ASD. In return, invited guests can provide students with firsthand
information that will help prepare students for the work force and for pursuing
competitive employment upon graduating from UNF.
campus, THRIVE has built and maintained successful partnerships with campus
organizations, clubs, and departments including the counseling center, the LGBT
center, Housing & Residence life, Greek life, the DRC, and the center for
in learning more about THRIVE?
feel free to call the DRC at (904) 620-2769 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
in applying to THRIVE?
note that admission to UNF and registration with the DRC does NOT guarantee
admission to THRIVE. In order to be considered as a potential THRIVE
participant the following is required:
must be admitted and currently enrolled at UNF
must be registered with the disability resource center
can request a THRIVE application form only after 1 & 2 have
have submitted a hard copy signed application form to the
DRC/THRIVE staff office
have successfully completed an interview with THRIVE staff