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Title: Student affairs update
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Language: English
Creator: Divison of Student Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Division of Student Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 2006
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Division of Student Affairs
EDUCATING LEADERS FOR A GLOBAL COMMUNITY


6.. UNIVERSITY OF
FLORIDA

Division of Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
www. ufsa. ufl.edu/ovp


Testing Coordinator Eunice Cavalcanti



Extended testing time
and quiet, low-distractive
environments are the
most requested
accommodations
at DRC.


Contact information for this publication:

Dean of Students Office
PO Box 114075
202 Peabody
Gainesville, FL 32611-4075
>>www.dso.ufl.edu

*This publication is available in
alternative print format upon request.


Student Affairs Update


DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER MOVES TO REID HALL

The Dean of Students Office Disability Resource Center is entering into an exciting new era
of service to students with disabilities. In February, the Disability Resource Center (DRC)
moved to the ground floor of Reid Hall, which is located south of Inner Road and the Norman
Hall Tunnel. The renovated facility features a "one-stop" location for students to access
individual and group testing rooms, a computer lab with assistive technology, and the offices
of the DRC staff. This new 4,400 square foot facility marks the first time in the history of the
University of Florida that students with disabilities have a designated space fortaking exams
and accessing other services offered by the DRC. Although the DRC is physically separated
from the Dean of Students Office in Peabody Hall, it still remains part of the DSO.

Demand for Services Grows

The improved DRC facilities come at an ideal time as demand for services has grown
significantly over the past several years. The graphs illustrate the increase in numbers of
new students registering for services and the increase in the number of exams that DRC
staff administers. The multi-year average listed in both graphs refers to data gathered beginning
in 1988-89 through the 2004-05 academic year. The DRC experienced a 14% increase in
the number of new students requesting service for the last academic year when compared
to the multi-year average. The demand of testing has seen a similar 14% increase during
the same time period. DRC staff presently serves over 1,400 students with disabilities and
administered 3,378 exams during the 2004-05 academic year. Extended testing time and a
quiet and low-distractive environment are the most common accommodations the DRC
facilitates. In the past, DRC utilized the Broward Teaching Center and vacant classroom
and staff office space to administer exams. This situation proved to be difficult for students
who often didn't know where their exam would take place until several days before the
exam. It also presented logistical challenges in arranging fortesting locations across campus.
In addition to providing greater consistency and comfort for students, Reid Hall features
sound-attenuation in testing rooms and a closed-circuit video monitoring system which
significantly enhance exam security.


DR Monthly New Student Intakes 2004/05
(Including 2004/05 Data & Multi-Year Averages)
60

5n -


40

30

20

10

0
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Av 32 48 33 34 29 21 43 27 30 37 31 40
*2004/05 28 50 31 45 47 42 39 24 42 46 30 48


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DR Accommodated Testing Service 2004/05
(Including 2004105 Data & Multi-Year Average)
650
600
550
500
450
400
350
300
250
200
150
100

0
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
*AVG 120 95 209 345 288 422 79 331 304 527 71 109
12004105 136 127 259 396 360 511 77 363 350 616 48 135


BEFORE: Construction in Reid Hall Partners in This Effort


Although the dream of having a center for students with disabilities began long ago, the
process for changing the dream to reality started Spring 2004. A small but determined
group of students started a petition among the student body to request better facilities for
students with disabilities. This group of students collected over 1,200 signatures, researched
r Facilities at comparable institutions, and wrote the proposal. UF administrators approved
the proposal and allocated funding.

-- The Disability Resource Center in Reid Hall is a collaborative effort between students, the
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Office of the Provost with support
P from other campus entities. The majority of the funding for the $600,000 project came
from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost The
ADA Compliance Office was instrumental in providing funding for the physical accessibility
aspects of the center. Housing and Residence Education provided the space, funding and
management of the construction project. Student Government generously allocated money
for outfitting the computer lab. In addition to support from the UF campus, Proctor and
AFTER: James Faubel, Gamble also contributed $15,000 to the project.
Learning Specialist
The DRC in Reid Hall opened the first week in February. The grand opening ceremony will
be held later this spring to dedicate the new center and celebrate the great improvements
for students with disabilities at the University of Florida.



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