The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) was established to serve as an advocate for Florida State students with disabilities and ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided. Florida State University is committed to providing a quality education to all qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other legally protected group status. Providing services to more than 2100 students, the Student Disability Resource Center is committed to ensuring the success of each Florida State University student. Through the provision of academic accommodations, testing support, assistive technologies, coaching and a space for students to feel part of the FSU community the SDRC creates an environment of success.
As a resource for students with disabilities, the SDRC works with faculty and staff to provide accommodations for the unique needs of students both in and out of the classroom. Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis after considering the specific disability and documentation of functional limitations in accordance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In order to access these rights, an individual must present documentation indicating that the disability substantially limits one major life activity. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a disability. Some common academic accommodations include extended time on tests, use of peer note takers, reduced distraction testing environment, and use of adaptive technologies.
By providing support services at no cost to students with disabilities, the Student Disability Resource Center offers an opportunity for students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Students who are interested in receiving accommodations through the Student Disability Resource Center can access the application at www.dos.fsu.edu/sdrc/registering-for-services/application. The types of disabilities the SDRC regularly works with include, but are not limited to:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Psychological Disabilities (e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, etc.)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Medical and Chronic Disabilities
- Mobility Disabilities
- Blind and Visually Impaired
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Temporary Disabilities
Letter from the Director:
It is with pleasure that I welcome you to Florida State University and the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). Please take a moment to read on and familiarize yourself with what the SDRC does and what it stands for.
Florida State is committed to providing a quality education to all qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. The SDRC was established to serve as an advocate for Florida State students with disabilities and to ensure that they are provided with reasonable accommodations.
It is our mission at the SDRC to collaborate with and empower students to create an accessible and inclusive environment by identifying, minimizing, and where possible, eliminating barriers to equal access while encouraging equal participation for students with disabilities.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the SDRC, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other SDRC staff member. We are happy to assist you in obtaining the resources you need to accomplish your goals as a student while at Florida State.
Thank you and Go Noles!
Dr. Shelley Ducatt
Director of the SDRC
Dean of Students Department
Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way,
108 Student Services Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
General Office Hours::
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(TDD for the D/deaf) 850.644.8504