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.
Documentation 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.
Students who are blind or have low vision should provide a visual acuity report from a licensed ophthalmologist.
A report on file with the Division of Blind Services would serve this purpose. If you have further questions, please contact the Disability Resource Center.
Licensed mental health professionals include:
- Clinical Social Worker
- Mental Health Counselor
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ANCC)
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.
To complete initial online intake - Log into myWings; select Student Tools Icon > Clockwork(Disability Accommodations) > Online Intake
Options to submit documentation:
- Upload via Clockwork during online intake application.
- Drop it off at the DRC in person, Building 57 room 1500, Attn: India Hamilton
- Fax to the DRC office - (904)620-3874
- Scan and email documents to the DRC - email@example.com
- or Mail to the DRC (Address Below)
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Building 57, Room 1500
Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699
- Step 1: Be admitted to the University of North Florida. For documentation submission prior to university admittance please email India Hamilton.
- Step 2: (a)Provide your current disability documentation from a licensed professional to the DRC staff and (b)complete initial online intake form via clockwork: Upon receipt of your documentation, a DRC staff member will review the information. (Note: IEP's and 504 plans cannot be substituted for documentation by a licensed professional)
- Step 3: You will then receive an email in your UNF myWings account from the DRC inviting you to make an appointment to complete the registration process or to provide additional documentation.
- Step 4: The registration meeting will be in person a with a DRC staff member to discuss appropriate accommodations based on your documentation and specific needs.
Initial Registration/Online Intake through Clockwork Student Portal
myWings Link to access Clockwork Student Portal Follows;
Path: myWings>Student Tools Icon > Clockwork(Disability Accommodations) > Online Intake
Initial Registration/Online Intake Clockwork Steps (Manual in Word format available upon request);
- Step 1: Log in to MyWings, and click the Student Tools Icon followed by the Clockwork(Disability Accommodations) link. You will then select the “Online Intake” icon from the Clockwork student portal. Or search for “Clockwork” in myWings.
- Step 2: Click the Online Intake image/icon. This will take you to Intake Form.
- Step 3: Fill out the Intake Registration Form.
- Step 4: Upload any documentation to be reviewed. Please double check the registration form in case you missed something. (Note: IEP’s cannot be substituted for documentation by an accredited professional.)
- Step 5: Once you are satisfied the registration form is complete, click Submit.
- Step 6: You will receive a confirmation email in your MyWings email account.
- Step 7: Once the online intake form and documents have been received and reviewed, you will receive an email in your MyWings user account stating either: Please schedule a face to face walk in appointment to finish the registration process (or) more documentation will be needed, please contact the DRC by phone or email.
Initial Registration/Online Intake YouTube Video Follows;
Scheduling Appointments in Clockwork Student Portal
Path: myWings>Student Tools Icon > Clockwork(Disability Accommodations)>Schedule an appointment Icon
Appointment Scheduling Clockwork Steps (Manual in Word format available upon request);
- Step 1: Log in to MyWings, and click the Student Tools Icon followed by the Clockwork(Disability Accommodations) link. You will then select the “Schedule an appointment” icon from the Clockwork student portal. Or search for “Clockwork” in myWings
- Step 2: Click the Schedule an Appointment icon. This will take you to Book an Appointment page.
- Step 3: Under Available types, choose “Staff” in the dropdown box. When you choose “Staff”, you will be able to see DRC staff availability as well as select a day and time to meet with the DRC staff member.
- Step 4: Once you have chosen a day and time, it will ask you to verify your choice. When you choose yes, you will be taken to the “Please confirm your booking page”. The Appointment details will confirm the day and time you have chosen.
- Step 5: The Booking Information page will ask you two questions, please choose one box. You will then be asked your first name, last name, email address, and your UNF ID #.
- Step 6: The next section will ask you to check the appropriate box for Reasons for the Appointment.
- Step 7: The next section will ask which DRC staff member you need to see. Please choose the box for the member.
- Step 8: The next section is the Assistance Request. If you need special assistance please give a brief description of the request.
- Step 9: Double check that all the appropriate boxes are chosen with regard to your needs. If you are satisfied with your choices please click the Submit button
- Step 10: You will then be told that an email has been sent to you with the details of your appointment.
Appointment Scheduling 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
- 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
- Note takers
- Sign language interpreters
- Use of computers, calculators, spell
- Alternate Text
- Assistive technology
What are additional services at the DRC?
- Seminars to enhance academic success
- Peer support groups
- Scholarship opportunities
- Support services for faculty
- Resource library
- Blackboard site (electronic classroom)
- Student Advisory Council
- DRC staff availability
- Students Helping Students for
Fragrance-Free Office Policy
A fragrance-free environment helps create a safe and healthy space. Fragrances from perfumes, air fresheners, and cleaning products have been associated with adversely affecting people’s health including migraine headaches, upper respiratory symptoms, and difficulty with concentration.
Given these realities and our desire to maintain a welcoming, safe and healthy environment, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a fragrance-free office. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive to fragrances and other scented products by not wearing cologne, perfume, aftershave or strongly scented lotions in the DRC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
Canvas Course Accessibility
For questions about Canvas course accessibility as well as information about document accessibility training and media captioning please review the C.I.R.T. Canvas accessibility resource page.
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:
- Qualified interpreters
- Assistive listening devices
- Digital recorders
- Alternate texts/e-books
- Note Takers
- 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.
TEMPORARY PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS
Accommodations 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 (904) 725-1616.
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) 620-2815/5718.
To learn more about the Osprey Transit service please explore the UNF Shuttle Webpage
If 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 the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Website A doctor's signature will be required.
SERVICE and SUPPORT ANIMALS
As 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.)
Service 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).
Assistance 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 disability.
Documentation 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.
Student 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.
Flexible Attendance Accommodation Guide
- 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.
- Students most likely to request modified attendance policies as an accommodation are those with serious health-related disabilities that flare up episodically.
- Students with psychological disabilities who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of symptoms may also request flexibility in the application of attendance policies.
- Federal law 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 class
- 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?
- Do student contributions constitute a significant component of the learning process?
- Does the 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?
- Below are guidelines for how to handle 'flexibility in the application of the attendance requirements / policy may be required' as an accommodation
- Students registered 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 know that:
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 unavoidable absences.
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.
This 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.
Instructors are 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.
Audio Recording Accommodations
Some students with disabilities have conditions that require audio recording as an appropriate accommodation. Audio recording will be noted on the accommodation letter provided to Faculty. Students who require the use of audio recording as an accommodation will be asked to sign an audio recording agreement kept on file in the DRC.
Faculty may request to review the signed audio recording agreement. The recording device, whether digital recorder or software on a computer/tablet/smart phone or other hardware should not be used for any purpose other than note taking during a class lecture and should not cause undue distraction in the classroom. Video recording is not a mandated accommodation and may be permitted at the professor's discretion.
Requesting Accommodations for Courses Each Semester
Self Registration- Accommodations Request/Renewal with Clockwork
You 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.
If 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.
The 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 appropriate accommodations.
The 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;
- myWings link
- Path: myWings>Student Tools Icon>Clockwork(Disability Accommodations)>Self-Registration Icon;
Accommodations Renewal (Self-Registration) Clockwork Steps [Manual in Word format available upon request]
- Step 1: Log in to MyWings, and click the Student Tools Icon menu followed by the Clockwork(Disability Accommodations) link. You will then select the “Self Registration” icon from the Clockwork student portal or search for “Clockwork” in myWings.
- Step 2: Click the Self-Registration icon. This will take you to the Request Accommodations page.
- Step 3: Click the “Accommodations” Tab at the top of this page or the “request accommodations” link located in the page text itself.
- Step 4: You will see a list of the classes you are registered for, click “request” by a course you require accommodations in.
- Step 5: You will then be taken to the “Request Accommodations” page that again lists each course in which you are currently enrolled as well as each accommodation you can request to utilize for each course.
- Step 6: You now have the option to request course accommodations for each class you are enrolled in all at once (check all) or each class individually by selecting the check box by a course under “Courses to request” section.
- On the left hand side of the page you will see the “Your accommodations” section. These list all the accommodations you may currently request for any given course or all courses at the same time. If you choose to request accommodations in all courses at the same time, the accommodations that have a check mark by them will be applied to all courses at once. If you would only like to utilize certain accommodations for specific courses please repeat the accommodations request process for each course individually. All accommodations check boxes under the “Your accommodations” section will be checked initially.
- Step 7: Choose (1) of the (3) radio dial options in the “Please indicate if your accommodations require any changes” section at the bottom of the Request Accommodations page.
- The (3) options that can be selected from are;
- My accommodation(s) are correct the way they are:
- If selected, this option will send an email notification to your instructor to review the accommodations/accommodations letter you receive in their course. The email will be sent when you have completed the accommodations request process in the Clockwork student portal for a course.
- I need additional accommodations:
- If selected, this option will delay the sending of an email notification to your instructor to review your accommodations in their course as well as the competition of your accommodations request for the course itself. A DRC staff member will be notified that you have selected this option. Please make an appointment with a DRC staff member to discuss your accommodations.
- I need to change or remove and accommodation:
- If selected, this option will delay the sending of an email notification to your instructor to review your accommodations in their course as well as the competition of your accommodations request for the course itself. A DRC staff member will be notified that you have selected this option. Please make an appointment with a DRC staff member to discuss your accommodations.
- You may also leave a brief description of the changes to be considered with regard to your accommodations in the “Optional note” dialogue box.
- Step 8: Next, click the check box “I agree to the terms outlined above” and then click the “Submit” button.
- Step 9: You will be returned to the initial “Request Accommodations” page and you will see by each course you requested accommodations in either the status of “Approved” or “Pending waiting on DRC Staff” depending on the option you selected in Step 7.
- If your accommodations are in an approved status for a course, you will have the ability to download a digital copy of your accommodations letter selecting the “Get Letter” button by the course code.
- You can save the digital copy of the letter for your records as well as print out a hard copy to provide to your instructor.
Please make sure to confirm with your course instructor that they did receive the Clockwork email notification to review your accommodations letter if your accommodations are in an approved status for a course. If the professor states they did not receive the email notification, please contact the DRC and request another notification email be sent to your instructor or print out a hard copy of the accommodations letter and provide it to the professor in person.
Semester Accommodations Renewal (Self-Registration) YouTube Video Follows;
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.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
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
Technologist/Disability Service Specialist
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.
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
Amy is the Office Manager for the Disability Resource Center. She has been in the finance realm of Colleges and Universities since 2007. She has her B.S. in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, and a Technical Certificate in Accounting Technologies from FSCJ.
“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it, there are no neutral exchanges.” – Brennan Manning
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
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
Dr. Tara Rowe
Director THRIVE Program
Phone (904) 620-2769
Dr. Tara Rowe has worked with UNF since 2009 and has co-founded the THRIVE (Transition to Health, Resources, Independence, Vocation, 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, Laos, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Tara’s career in exceptional student education started while overseas and has continued here at UNF.
Tara recently completed her educational leadership doctorate here at UNF and loves having the opportunity to collaborate with other institutions on supporting students with disabilities. Tara also serves as and adjunct instructor, teaching courses for the College of Education and Human Services. Tara is a strong believer in advocating for students with exceptionalities and centers her research on self-determination for all students.
“In order to truly learn something, you must teach it to someone else.” – Dr. Stephen Covey
Tyler Charles has been at UNF since 2013. He began working for Dr. Tara Rowe and the THRIVE program in 2015 and continues to do so today. Tyler graduated from UNF with a B.A. in Psychology in 2017 and is currently in his Masters program in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at UNF. Tyler is a firm believer in providing assistance to individuals belonging to underrepresented populations and assisting them in finding a voice for themselves and their needs.
“No matter how learned and knowledgeable, how wise and how wonderful, how powerful and puissant, there is always one more sliver of power, one more bit of knowledge, one more secret to be learned….” – Medivh
Alexander Enos manages THRIVE’s website and social media, and documents THRIVE-related events. Alex worked briefly at FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, doing design work and developing the foundation for an ad campaign to increase graduate student enrollment. He joined the THRIVE Program as a student in 2016, and returned to work for the program after graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Advertising.
We are in search of incredible donors who will help us fulfill our mission.
In making a charitable gift to THRIVE, you are expressing a personal commitment to social justice and the importance of a compassionate community in Jacksonville. Your gift will be used to create opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to learn and develop the skills needed to become independent and successful individuals and to share and explore each other’s perspectives and advance civil discourse.
How to Donate
There are three kinds of gifts that make a difference:
- Unrestricted support through our Annual Giving Campaign
- Directed support for a specific student or program
- Online support through our donations page
Your generosity helps THRIVE promote diversity and inclusion through leadership development, dialogue, and cross-cultural interaction. THRIVE treasures your support and is committed to the stewardship of your gifts in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner.
Want to make an online donation now?
THRIVE Program Donations Page
Leave a Legacy
Advancing dialogue to inspire compassion, understanding, action, and peace within our community requires constant commitment to all people in Jacksonville – today and in the future. When you leave a gift to THRIVE through your will or estate plans, you are creating a legacy of love that will strengthen our community. Your spirit will live on through our educational programs and advocacy work, which uplift and inspire youth leaders and provide an opportunity for significant dialogues and paradigm shifts among adults.
You can make a difference by:
- Naming THRIVE as a beneficiary in your will
- Asking family and friends to give memorials or honorariums in your name to THRIVE at the time of your death or to commemorate an important milestone in your life
- Designating THRIVE as a recipient of your retirement assets (401K, 403(b), Roth IRA, etc.)
- Naming THRIVE as a beneficiary of your Life Insurance policy
- Giving gifts of real estate, land, or other tangible assets to benefit THRIVE
- Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Trust, Donor Advised Fund, or other estate planning vehicle to benefit THRIVE
To learn more about legacy gift options, please go to the following link:
UNF Gift Planning Page