Admission with a Disability
A disability is defined in the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 as a mental or physical impairment which substantially
limits one or more major life activities. Learning is an example of a major
The University does not discriminate on the basis of
disability in admission or access to university programs or activities. Section
504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination
based upon disability. Students can apply to UNF as early as the summer of
their senior year of high school. Application are accepted on a rolling basis,
but by submitting all allocation materials prior to the senior year, students
will have the best access to financial aid and housing options. Please refer to the Freshman Admissions Requirements Webpage for the most current admissions requirements
Potential Questions for Students Seeking Services
What should I know when
applying to the University of North Florida? Are there any special procedures?
disabilities must apply to UNF through the regular admissions procedure. There
are no special admissions procedures. Applicants who wish to appeal an
admissions decision may submit documentation verifying their disability along
with a letter of appeal to the office of admissions. Please visit the
following: Admission to UNF Webpage.
What should I do if I
want to receive accommodations? Can I use the IEP as documentation?
If you suspect you have a
disability that is impacting your academic performance, you will need to
provide documentation of that disability to Disability Resource Center (DRC).
This documentation must be supplied by a qualified professional who is licensed
or certified to diagnose the disability in question. The IEP is a
valuable resource for information, but cannot be used as documentation of a
I received special
education (IDEA) or 504 services in high school. How are these services
different in college?
Colleges are required to
provide any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary for equal access to
education. They are not required to design special programs for students with
disabilities or have Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).
Will the Disability
Services staff seek me out to provide services like my counselors did in high
It is the student’s responsibility
to seek out services through Disability Services. In college, students
with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and
under the Americans with Disabilities Act. IDEA no longer applies.
What constitutes a
A disability is defined
in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990as a mental or physical
impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Learning is an example of a major life activity. If you have a mental health or
physical condition, a history of such a condition, or a condition which may be
considered by others as substantially limiting, you may have a legally defined
The services provided by
the DRC are for students with diagnosed disabilities that include, but are not
(for example: reading, writing, math, processing, or memory disabilities)
ADHD and ADD, Physical
Disabilities, Medical Disabilities, Blind or Low Vision,
Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Speech
Disabilities, Psychological or Emotional Disabilities
What does substantially limiting
is a major life activity?
Substantially limiting is
defined as being unable to perform a major life activity, or significantly
restricted as to the condition, manner, or duration under which a major life
activity can be performed, in comparison to the average person or to most people.
A major life activity is defined as caring for oneself, performing manual
tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and
What are academic adjustments?
adjustments create an equal access to education, as long as it doesn't require
a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum. This is
determined by the institution. Such modifications may include an adjustment in
the amount of time allowed to complete a degree, substitution of degree requirements,
and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.
Requirements & Registration with the DRC
Staff at the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at the
University of North Florida (UNF) have developed a set of documentation
guideline forms which will assist the staff in identifying appropriate academic
accommodations to registered students. These guidelines provide students,
professional diagnosticians, and service providers with a common understanding
and knowledge base of those components of documentation necessary to validate
the existence of a disability and the need for reasonable accommodations. The
documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits the
student in some major life activity, including learning.
Providing documentation to the DRC is voluntary,
though students may not receive any accommodations without completing the
registration process with the DRC.
The following documentation forms in Word format are provided in the interest of assuring
that documentation of a disability demonstrates an impact on a major life
activity, is appropriate to verify eligibility, and supports the request for
accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aides. Documentation reports or letters from
licensed providers in the specific disability area of expertise are also
accepted. IEP’s are a valuable resource for information, but cannot be used
as documentation of a disability.
Licensed mental health professionals
Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Counselor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A list of providers not affiliated
with UNF in the Jacksonville area, is available upon request.
The UNF Counseling Center may not
provide this type of documentation required by the DRC.
The DRC will adhere to its
confidentiality policies regarding its responsibility to maintain
confidentiality of the evaluation and will not release any part of the
documentation without the student’s informed consent or under compulsion of
legal process. Students are under the protection of the Privacy Act and need
not disclose any information regarding the nature of their disability to anyone
outside the DRC office.
Once the DRC has received and reviewed the student’s
documentation, the student will be invited to register for services and
accommodations from the DRC. This will be a personal meeting between the
student and DRC staff members. Receipt of accommodations will be based on
recommendations in the documentation and discussion with the student.
Steps to New Student Registration
Step 1: Send in your current disability documentation by
logging into your myWings student user account with your N number
and password and navigate to Student Tab>My Records>and select the “Clockwork” link and then
select the “Online Intake” Link from the Clockwork student portal.
By choosing the Online Intake link in the student user portal you will be able
to fill out the Online Intake form and upload your documentation for review.
Please refer to the “Documentation Guidelines” section to
download any necessary forms to provide to appropriate medical professionals
for the documentation of your specific disability.
If you are providing documentation to us prior to receiving your myWings
user account you may provide documentation to our office through the following
Drop it off at the DRC in person, Building 57 room 1500
Fax to the DRC office – 904.620-3874
Scan and email their documents to the DRC office –
Alternatively, documentation can be mailed to the DRC.
Our address is;
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Building 57, Room 1500
Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699
Upon receipt of your documentation a DRC staff member will review the
materials. You may also submit your Individual Educational Plan (IEPs) and
Summary of Performance (SOPs), but these documents do not substitute
for the documentation requirement, you will still need to provide documentation
from an accredited medical professional. You will be contacted if additional information is needed to
determine eligibility for services.
Step 2: Expect an email in your myWings Outlook user
account from the DRC Educational Coordinator to schedule an appointment after
all necessary documents are received and reviewed.
Step 3: You will
need to attend a face to face registration appointment with the DRC
Educational Coordinator or a DRC staff member to determine appropriate
accommodations based on the submitted documentation and to discuss your
Initial Registration/Online Intake through Clockwork Student Portal
myWings Link to access Clockwork Student Portal
Registration/Online Intake Information Packet Download Link in Word format Follows;
Clockwork New Registration with DRC
Registration/Online Intake Embeded Youtube Video Follows;
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
Accommodations from the DRC
At the University level, students have the right not to be identified as
disabled. For this reason, if a student with a disability would like to request
academic accommodations, he/she takes the responsibility of contacting the DRC.
In order for the DRC to assist the student with academic accommodations, the
student must provide written documentation of the disability from a diagnosing
and licensed professional.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at UNF offers a wide variety of legally
mandated services to students with documented disabilities. After reviewing
your documentation, a member of the DRC Team meet with the student to assist in
determining appropriate academic services and accommodations based on the
documentation and recommendations from the licensed professional. Upon
completion of this registration process, the student will follow the procedures
to receive the academic accommodations.
Faculty will be informed of the student’s accommodations.
Accommodations letters will be created and will be available to the DRC student
and faculty. Registered students will utilize the Clockwork portal >
Self-Registration to request their accommodations letters for each new course
in which they are registered during a semester.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATIONS
Services and accommodations are provided to DRC-registered students who have
completed the registration process. Modifications of policies, practices or
courses are not required if they would fundamentally alter the nature of the
course or academic program. Similarly, any services that would result in an
undue financial or administrative burden may not be provided. Below are
examples of but not limited to the types of accommodations or services that are
provided by the DRC:
Assistive listening devices
Extended test times
Use of calculators
Temporary accommodations for those students who
provide documentation supporting services but for a limited time. (See
Temporary Physical Impairments below )
Once the student receives academic accommodations for which he is eligible,
a letter listing such accommodations is created in the Clockwork System. The
letters are emailed to the student’s professors. Each semester, the student
will be able to forward the accommodation letters to his professors through the
Clockwork portal. Hard copy letters are
also available for student and faculty.
can be provided to students with temporary physical impairments. Students will be required to provide medical
documentation of the temporary impairments (letter from physician or medical
documents showing the nature and extent of the injury); the student will meet
with a DRC staff member to discuss what academic accommodations the student
would need. For students with hand or
arm injuries, the DRC can contact the student’s professors to discuss obtaining
a note taker and to arrange any testing accommodations the student may need.
Preston Pharmacy is a local business that
rents wheelchairs at a reduced cost to UNF students. They can be reached at
The Osprey Transit is a
dedicated shuttle to assist students, faculty, and staff with mobility
needs that extend beyond the assigned standard shuttle stops on
campus. While all the Osprey Connector shuttles are full accessible, the
customer now has the additional option of requesting a pick up and drop off
location on campus.
This exclusive shuttle is equipped with 4
wheelchair seats and 8 - 10 seats for other mobility needs.
Hours of operation include
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Monday - Thursday; 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday. To
schedule a pick up time, please call (904) 620-5718 no later than 7 p.m. the
prior day of intended pick up time. Please refrain from leaving weekend phone
requests for a Monday morning pick up time prior to 8:30 a.m. For more
assistance, please call Parking & Transportation Services at (904)
a student has a medical or psychological disability that seriously interferes
with the student’s ability to successfully complete a course, the student may
petition for a Medical Withdrawal by contacting the Medical Compliance Officer
at (904) 620-2175
UNF Parking Services (904) 620-2815
Parking Staff will issue a 30- day temporary disability parking permit for use
on campus. If the student needs a disability parking permit for a longer time,
applications for a Temporary Florida Disabled Parking Permit can be found at: www.hsmv.state.fl.us/forms/handiform.html A doctor’s signature will be required.
SERVICE and SUPPORT ANIMALS
established and defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service
animals shall not be excluded from UNF facilities or activities.
(Exceptions may exist in some sterile environments, areas requiring protective
equipment or clothing, or as mandated by health codes.)
animals are defined as: animals that are individually trained to do work or
perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Such animals
might guide individuals with impaired vision, alert individuals who are hearing
impaired to intruders or sounds, pull a wheelchair, or fetch items used in
daily living (Ref. ADA Title III, 28 CFR Sec 36.104).
animals, usually referred to as Emotional Support animals, normally provide passive support to people with
disabilities. ESAs can be a therapy tool or an integral part of a treatment
process. They do not assist individuals with a disability to perform the
activities of daily living. Therapy animals are not covered by laws protecting
and giving rights to service animals. Approval of the presence of a therapy animal
falls within the authority of the university regarding accommodations to a
of the student’s disability and the need to have an emotional support animal
must be provided to the Disability Resource Center. Upon approval to have the
animal on campus, Housing & Residence Life will be notified of the animal’s
presence in the residence halls.
who request a service or emotional support animals must comply with state and
local requirements regarding registration and licensing of the animal as well
as having current veterinary health certificates.
A common request
by students with a medical condition/disability is for their absence from a
class meeting to be 'excused' and not subject to the sanction which would
be enforced ordinarily by the class instructor.
likely to request modified attendance policies as an accommodation
are those with serious health-related disabilities that flare up
psychological disabilities who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of
symptoms may also request flexibility in the application of attendance
requires colleges and universities to consider reasonable modification of
attendance policies if required to accommodate a student’s disability. In
making this determination, two questions must be answered:
Does the student
have a documented disability that directly affects his/her ability to
attend class on a regular basis? The DRC will make this determination based on
a review of documentation from the student’s health care provider.
Is attendance and
participation an essential element of the class? More specifically,
would modification of attendance policies result in a fundamental
alteration of an essential element of the program? The DRC will
collaborate with the faculty member to make this determination.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided the
following guidelines to determine if attendance is an essential part of a
What does the
course description and syllabus say about attendance requirements?
What elements of
the class experience are used to calculate the final grade?
What are the
classroom practices and policies regarding attendance?
To what extent is
there classroom interaction between the instructor and students and among students?
contributions constitute a significant component of the learning process?
fundamental nature of the course rely on student participation as
an essential method for learning?
To what degree
does a student’s failure to attend constitute a significant loss to the
educational experience of other students in the class?
guidelines for how to handle 'flexibility in the application of the attendance
requirements / policy may be required' as an accommodation
with the DRC are required to provide a Notification of Accommodations to class
instructors specifying the accommodations determined in collaboration with the DRC.
These accommodations will have been determined to be 'reasonable' and may
include 'Flexibility in the application of the attendance requirements / policy
may be required'.
This lets you
The student’s medical condition or disability has been verified by the
submission of appropriate documentation, that they are registered with DRC and
that the student's medical condition or disability may result in
The intent is to
take the “automaticity” out of the application of the attendance policy, and
enable the instructor to consider the absence as 'excused' even if the standard
limit of excused absences has been reached.
accommodation is not a free pass, and
students with this accommodation are cautioned by the DRC that even
if their absence is due to their disability and beyond their control, such
absences may well impact their grade, particularly if the class grade
includes an element of participation, in-class exercises, quizzes which
contribute to the final grade and/or written assignments. Students are also
advised that they are responsible to keep up with reading, obtain class notes
from a fellow student, and make up any written assignments they may
have missed. Students should make contact with class instructors to discuss the
way in which this accommodation will work in practice and to agree upon
appropriate procedures and protocols.
not obligated to create extra work for either the student or themselves as
a substitute for “participation” in class or missed assignments, but are encouraged
to consider reasonable opportunities for the student to make up their absence.
Requesting Accommodations for Courses Each Semester
Self Registration- Accommodations
Request/Renewal with Clockwork
can request accommodations for each of your courses during a semester by going
to myWings>Student Tab>My Records>Clockwork link and then selecting
the “Self Registration” link in the Clockwork student user portal.
you do not need any alterations to the accommodations listed in the Clockwork
Portal for a given course an email will be sent to your professor providing
them access to your letter upon submitting you accommodations request. If you
do need an alteration you will be required to meet with a DRC staff member to
discuss the changes needed.
DRC recommends you request your accommodations for a semester as soon as
possible in order to use your accommodations immediately. Professors who do not
receive an accommodation letter will not be obligated to provide you with
Disability Resource Center recommends you schedule a meeting with each of your
professors to discuss accommodations that will be utilized in each class.
IMPORTANT: Accommodation Letters are only good for the
semester and year the student is attending.
You will need to request a new accommodation letter for each course
during each semester you are enrolled.
myWings Link to access Clockwork Student Portal Homepage Follows;
Path: myWings>Student Tab>My Records>Clockwork;
(Self-Registration) Information Packet Download Link Follows;
Clockwork Self Registration Accommodations Request
Renewal (Self-Registration) Embeded Youtube Video Follows;
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGCazjUutw
The staff at the DRC is available to:
- Assist students through the admissions and enrollment processes
- Provide support during a student’s academic career at UNF
- Share resources available in the UNF and the Northeast Florida community
Meet the Staff:
Dr. Rusty Dubberly
Dr. Dubberly has worked with people with disabilities since 1999. He began his career as a special education teacher with Nassau County Schools. He transitioned to Duval County Public Schools in 2003 and served in an instructional and supervisory position for middle and high school students with significant disabilities. His research focus has been on self-determination for people with disabilities and creating a positive transition to adult life for young people with disabilities.
Dr. Dubberly attended the University of North Florida to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in disability services. Dr. Dubberly also graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate of special education in 2008 and in 2012 completed a second master’s degree in education leadership. Dr. Dubberly believes strongly in the empowerment of people with disabilities to live the fullest and most enriching life possible.
“There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” Elbert Green Hubbard
University Interpreter & Coordinator
In addition to her duties as the Assistant Director of the DRC, Debra is also the University Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Debra has received a B.A. in Elementary Education as well as a Masters of Education with her concentration in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. Debra taught for over 13 years in state schools
for the Deaf and is currently one of the University’s nationally certified sign
After teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Debra joined the DRC team in 1996. When she is not in classes with Deaf students,
she teaches sign language for the College of Education and Human Services as well along with providing interpreting services to the community.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” Erma Bombeck
Andrew W. Sullivan III
Andrew has spent many
years in the field of Post-Secondary Disability Services. Working as an
educational aide at the University of North Florida’s Disability Resource
Center as both an undergraduate and graduate student he obtained a B.A. in
Political Science and an M.A. in Public Administration from UNF. Concurrently,
he pursued and obtained his certification in Assistive Technology Applications from
California State University, Northridge.
This program required him to complete over 100
hours of combined online and in person instruction in the field. As Assistive
Technologist and Program Assistant at the UNF DRC Andrew has and continues to
work closely with UNF’s students, staff and faculty to provide high quality
service provision in the area of Assistive Technology for all registered
students at the UNF DRC.
Tara Rowe, M.Ed.
Thrive Program Coordinator
Tara Rowe has worked with UNF since 2009 and has co-founded the
THRIVE (Transition to Healthy Resources, Independent living, Viable careers,
and Education) program, which is a unique program only found at the University
of North Florida. Tara spent several years living and teaching overseas in
countries such as: Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor, Thailand, Laos, Australia,
Fiji, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Tara’s career in exceptional
student education stared while overseas and has continued here at UNF.
Tara has attended the University of North Florida to
complete a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education and a master’s
degree in disability services with a concentration in applied behavior
analysis. Tara is currently working on completing her doctorate in educational
leadership here at UNF. Tara is a strong believer in advocating for students with
exceptionalities and centers her research on self-determination for all
“In order to truly
learn something, you must teach it to someone else.” – Dr. Stephen Covey
Alli is the staff sign language interpreter in the Disability Resource Center. She has been working with UNF since August 2015 and has received a B.S. in Sign Language Interpreting from Siena Heights University. She completed the interpreter training program over at Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2012 and has been interpreting in the community since. Over these years she has interpreted in a variety of settings, most of which include education in some capacity. In addition to interpreting, Alli’s interests include traveling, food, and CrossFit.
”You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky”- Michael Scott
Began at UNF in October 1993 as an OPS Clerk in Student Health Services and was promoted to a Fulltime Program Assistant in May 1995. In October 2003, the department was divided into three separate departments. She was selected to go to Health Promotion, and remained there until she was transferred to Disability Resource Center, in March 2017, after Health Promotion merged with Campus Recreation.
“A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home.” -Christian D. Larson
Emily is the Testing Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center. She has been working with the DRC since June 2015, but is no stranger to the university. She was a student from 2009 to 2013, and graduated with her B.S. in Mathematics. Emily loves spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and going to the beach.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- J.K. Rowling
Disability Service Specialist
India Hamilton is Disability Service Specialist at the Disability Resource Center. She graduated from UNF in the spring of 2017 with a degree in History and a minor in American Sign Language. India worked tirelessly as an educational aide from October of 2015 until April of 2017 and as a Testing Facilitator until January 2018 when she was promoted. In her free time she enjoys reading, visiting Disney World, and volunteering at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH).
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” –The Lorax