Resources for Students with Disabilities
Your responsibilities are not to
diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and
forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find
understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.
- Students with documentation of a physical, learning, sensory,
developmental or psychiatric disability and
who have registered with UNF’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) are eligible to
receive accommodations at the University of North Florida.
- Students with physical and/or sensory disabilities present
special classroom access needs associated with
limitations in mobility, speaking, hearing, and/or vision.
- Students with medical disorders may experience difficulties
participating in their academic programs due to
the condition itself or the ongoing treatment protocol.
- Students with learning disabilities have neurological
impairments that interfere with and slow down information
processing, memory and retrieval, and output. These disabilities can have a detrimental
impact on reading, writing, math, attention, concentration, and/or overall organization.
- Students with psychiatric disabilities have a chronic and
debilitating psychological condition that interferes
with their ability to participate in the routine educational program. Examples of
conditions that fall under this classification include Bipolar Disorder, Major
Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but not “test anxiety”.
- Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects
how an individual thinks, learns and experiences the
world. All students with autism are different but they share difficulties in five core
areas. These include: Communication, social interaction, repetitive
behavior/restricted interests, sensory processing, and information processing/learning style
(typically better at visual learning).
- THRIVE – is a specialized program at UNF to provide further
assistance to students with autism. The program
provides individual mentors, support groups, counseling, and other assistive services
to support students with autism at the university. Contact the DRC for more information
about the THRIVE program.
- Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADD/ADHD) may experience inattentive, hyperactive,
and/or impulsive behaviors due to a dysfunction of the central nervous system. These behaviors may compromise
an individual’s social, vocational and academic performance.
What you can do:
- Speak to the student in private about your concerns.
- Treat each student with sensitivity and respect.
- Refer the student to the Disability Resource Center in Tom and
Betty Petway Hall, Building 57, Room 1500 or
- Work together with the student to find reasonable access to
quizzes, tests, and other class requirements.
- Discuss accommodations, NOT the disability, with the student
(e.g., 504 Plan).
- Contact the Disability Resources Center immediately if you are
experiencing any doubts or are having difficulty understanding
the accommodations that need to be applied.
- Be mindful of using language that could be construed by the
student as negative, degrading or condescending.
- Be mindful of questioning the stated disability or changing the
core requirements of the course.
- Be mindful of assuming the student qualifies for accommodations
without a DRC accommodations letter.