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UNF 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 life activity.

 

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 and information.

Potential Questions for Students Seeking Services  

What should I know when applying to the University of North Florida? Are there any special procedures?

Students with 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 disability

 

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 school?

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 disability?

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 disability.

The services provided by the DRC are for students with diagnosed disabilities that include, but are not limited to:

Learning Disabilities (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

Other diagnosed disabilities

 

What does substantially limiting mean?  What 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 working. 

 

What are academic adjustments?

Appropriate academic 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

Licensed mental health professionals include:

Psychologist

Psychiatrist

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.

 

Registration Procedures 

 

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 means:

 

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 – drc@unf.edu

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 specific needs.

 


Initial Registration/Online Intake through Clockwork Student Portal 

 

myWings Link to access Clockwork Student Portal Homepage Follows;

 

https://mywings.unf.edu/

 

Path: myWings>Student Tab>My Records>Clockwork;

 

Initial Registration/Online Intake Information Packet Download Link in Word format Follows; 

 

Clockwork New Registration with DRC

 

Initial Registration/Online Intake Embeded Youtube Video Follows; 

               

 


YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vABwpUM1x0

 

 

 

Scheduling Appointments in Clockwork Student Portal 

 

Path: myWings>Student Tab>My Records>Clockwork

 

Appointment Scheduling Information Packet Download Link Follows; 

  

Clockwork Online Appointment Scheduling

 

Appointment Scheduling Embeded Youtube Video Follows; 

 

 

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUAO2Kfe88s

 

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.

 

Mission Statement

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 possible.

Provide documentation which meets DRC guidelines.

Register for services at the DRC when documentation is approved.

Provide accommodation letters to your professors.

 

How are postsecondary accommodations different from those in high school?

Disclosure of your disability is voluntary.

Registration with the DRC is the student’s responsibility.

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 check devices

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)

Internships

Student Advisory Council

DRC staff availability

Students Helping Students for temporary impairments

 

 

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 options.

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 Compliance Office.

ADA Compliance Contact: phone (904) 620-2870; email rrgonz@unf.edu

 

Information Technology Services Contact: phone (904) 620-4357; email helpdesk@unf.edu

 

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.

 

 

ACCESS Academy: Let us give you a BOOST to success! 

 

ACCESS Academy 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.

Advancing 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 meet the requirements of receiving a scholarship AND 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.

 

Additional Benefits Include:

-Participants will receive a stipend at the successful completion of each boost session.

-Participants will have the opportunity to be KEYS for future ACCESS Academy participants next semester.

-Quick Apps’ 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’ participants.

-YOU, YES YOU, will earn $100.00 at the completion of each session!

Session areas will include:

LMS Strategies

Study Strategies

Beg. & Adv. Writing

Beg. & Adv. Time Management

KEYS

Test-taking Strategies

Career Strategies I & II

Stress Management

 

Please contact Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Phone: (904) 620-5747

 

 

 

THRIVE: Transition to Health, Resources, Independence, Viable careers, and Education 

 

Welcome!

Across 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 additional cost

 

THRIVE Mission Statement:

To provide supplemental resources for degree-seeking students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at the University of North Florida.

 

THRIVE Vision:

THRIVE 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.

 

Community:

The 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.

 

On 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 Academic Excellence.

 

Interested in learning more about THRIVE?

Please feel free to call the DRC at (904) 620-2769 or email at thrive@unf.edu

 

Interested in applying to THRIVE?

**Please 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:

Students must be admitted and currently enrolled at UNF

Students must be registered with the disability resource center

Students can request a THRIVE application form only after 1 & 2 have been confirmed

Students have submitted a hard copy signed application form to the DRC/THRIVE staff office

Students 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:

 

Qualified interpreters

Assistive listening devices

Digital recorders

Alternate texts/e-books

Note Takers

Readers

Scribes

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.

 

RENTING WHEEELCHAIRS: 

Preston Pharmacy is a local business that rents wheelchairs at a reduced cost to UNF students. They can be reached at (904) 725-1616.

 

UNF SHUTTLES:

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.

 

MEDICAL WITHDRAWAL:

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

 

PARKING PERMITS

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

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.

 

 

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;


https://mywings.unf.edu/

 

Path: myWings>Student Tab>My Records>Clockwork;


Accommodation Renewal (Self-Registration) Information Packet Download Link Follows; 

 

Clockwork Self Registration Accommodations Request

 

Semester Accommodation Renewal (Self-Registration) Embeded Youtube Video Follows; 

 

 

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGCazjUutw

DRC Staff

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 

Director
Phone (904) 620-5407
r.dubberly@unf.edu  

 

 

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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

 

 

Debra Lenahen

Assistant Director
University Interpreter & Coordinator
Phone (904) 620-1865
dlenahen@unf.edu

 

 

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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 language interpreters.

 

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

 

 

Edward I. Zirkle 

Educational Coordinator

Phone (904)620-2222

Edward.zirkle@unf.edu  

 

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Edward Zirkle is the new addition to the Disability Resource Center Staff. He is a recent graduate from UNF with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. He left the military in 2008 after serving almost 17 years in the Navy and Army. His deployments include Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and various other regions round the world. In his off time he enjoys riding his motorcycle, playing golf, and watching football.

“I have served with some of the finest men and women ever to put on a uniform. My heroes are the ones who didn’t come home while defending our way of life. I am a survivor and will not let their sacrifices go in vain. I will live my life to the fullest for those who did not!”

 

 

Andrew W. Sullivan III 

Assistive Technologist/Program Assistant

Phone (904)620-2676

andrew.sullivan@unf.edu

 

 Andy Assistive Technology Picture

 

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

Phone (904) 620-1356

t.rowe@unf.edu

 

Tara Picture

 

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 students.

 

“In order to truly learn something, you must teach it to someone else.” – Dr. Stephen Covey

 

 

Allison Austin

Staff Interpreter

Phone (904)620-5125

allison.austin@unf.edu


Alli Picture

 

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