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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.