Welcome to the SDRC!
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 5000 students, the Student Disability Resource Center is committed to ensuring universal access for each Florida State University student. Through the provision of academic, housing, & dining accommodations, testing support, assistive technologies, and space for students to feel part of the FSU community, the SDRC creates an environment of success.
Current and prospective Florida State students can apply for accommodations and submit documentation through this link.
Current Florida State students registered with the Student Disability Resource Center can access their student portal to manage their accommodations and request eligibility letters.
Current Florida State students registered with the Student Disability Resource Center can schedule accommodated testing at this link. Tests must be scheduled at least one week in advance of the test date.
Disability Awareness Week 2019!
The Student Disability Resource Center is excited to announce the 2019 Disability Awareness Week. With partners like the University of Choice coalition, Student Activities, the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness, and Campus Recreation, the SDRC is bringing a week of programming aimed at promoting disability inclusion and how the FSU community cannot live well without embracing and including our faculty, staff, and students with disabilities. In accordance with the week of programming this year, the theme of the week is “ALL Access: Awareness, Living, and Learning” and highlights how members of the FSU community with disabilities thrive. Be sure to put the dates below in your calendar, especially the kickoff event with Jennifer French and our Open House Brunch at the end of the week. Additionally, you’ll want to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we share photos throughout the week highlighting the history of disability on FSU’s campus. Be sure to follow the conversation all week using the hashtags #daw2019, #ALLAccess, and #LiveWellFSU.
Sunday, October 13th at 9am
Goalball is an adaptive team sport similar to soccer where participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. The ball is thrown by hand and never kicked. Partnership with Campus Recreation and University of Choice.
Kickoff w/ Jennifer French
Monday, October 14th at 5pm
The Globe Auditorium
The Student Disability Resource Center and University of Choice are excited to bring Silver Paralympic Medalist and Sailor, Jennifer French, to FSU to discuss her experiences as a paraplegic athlete and living out her disability. This event serves as the official kickoff for Disability Awareness Week 2019, themed “ALL Access”!
Body Positivity Is Disability Inclusion
Tuesday, October 15th at 11am
Body positivity starts with recognizing everyone has different needs, body shapes, and sizes. Students with disabilities deserve to feel as comfortable in their skin as others. In this manner, body positivity is a practice in disability inclusion! Join CHAW and the SDRC as we engage in dialogue around body positivity, practicing positive body affirmation, and how that all intersects with disability!
ASLC Presents "The Upside"
Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm
The Student Disability Resource Center, ASLC, and Union Productions present The Upside. The movie, released in 2017, is a “comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.” For more information, check out the IMDB page for the movie.
Creating accessible Programs
Wednesday, October 16th at 12pm
Do you have a campus event coming for students, faculty, staff, or all any combination of attendees? Make sure it is accessible to all! By making sure that accessibility is built into your event planning, you insure that the greatest number of people not only can attend but will enjoy themselves! It might seem overwhelming to consider not just physical access but issues such as captioning, parking, materials (such as handouts or fliers), and so on. But it doesn't have to be complicated! Join the SDRC at a fun and interactive training on how to best plan your programs for the needs of all faculty, staff, and students, especially those with disabilities.
Faculty Training on Accommodating
Thursday, October 17th at 2pm
The number one question the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) gets from facility is "How can I best help my students?" While each student's situation is uniquely different, there are a few things every faculty member can do to ensure a smooth implementation of accommodations for students. In this faculty & staff discussion, we will talk about how to make appropriate academic accommodations and various options that might work for your specific course design. We will also consider recent changes and updates to ADA Law, episodic conditions, and provide resources and suggestions for implementing universal design in the classroom.
Tabling on Landis Green
Thursday, October 17th at 11am
The SDRC Ambassadors will be tabling on Landis Green and encouraging faculty, staff, and students to take the ALL Access pledge and commit to creating a more inclusive campus for those with disabilities. Be sure to stop by, grab your “ALL Access pass”, and fill out a pledge which will be featured in a pledge quilt!
SDRC Open House
Friday, October 18th at 10am
Come meet and greet the staff of the SDRC, learn more about the resources we offer to students, faculty and staff, tour our space, get an interactive look at our new student portal AIM, and enjoy some light brunch treats!
Keeping Campus Events Accessible: It’s About Inclusion
Do you have a campus event coming for students, faculty, staff, or all any combination of attendees? Make sure it is accessible to all! By making sure that accessibility is built in to your event planning, you insure that the greatest number of people not only can attend but will enjoy themselves! It might seem overwhelming to consider not just physical access but issues such as captioning, parking, materials (such as handouts or fliers), and so on. But it doesn't have to be complicated! This slideshow presentation will give you lots of pointers and things to think about so when it comes time to launch, you will be ready! Available as both an MS PowerPoint presentation and as an accessible text-recognized PDF file, below (other formats available upon request).
Congratulations to the inaugural class of SDRC Ambassadors!
The SDRC Ambassador Program is a leadership development program offered that provides an opportunity for students to become involved with the SDRC and the community of people with disabilities at Florida State University. The SDRC Ambassador program works to decrease the stigma related to disability from a student perspective through programming and peer-to-peer interactions. Ambassadors serve as a visible student face for the SDRC to provide programming, campaigns, and outreach to peers in the FSU community.
Congratulations to the inaugural class of the SDRC Ambassadors:
Victoria Gudbranson Leads Project for Local Transportation Accessibility
The SDRC is proud of student Victoria Gudbranson who recently met with Carol Edwards (Professor in Social Work), Jennifer Mitchell (Director, SDRC) and the Office of The Mayor, External Affairs Director Michael S. Alfano to discuss Victoria’s project of making Uber or Lyft accessible for all people in the city of Tallahassee. Victoria is determined to see both financial access and ADA access for all users of these services and is fighting hard to make it a reality. We are thrilled to work with students like Victoria, who demonstrate the 'Nole spirit of initiative, determination, and fighting for justice through projects such as this. Thank you, Victoria!
Meet Madison Long, The 2018 Dr. Toni Jo Mason "Success Scholar"
Madison Long is Florida State University's first Dr. Toni Jo Mason “Success Scholar.” Madison is thrilled to be a part of the Florida State University’s community as an upcoming sophomore majoring in Health Science Interdisciplinary. Her goal is to become a veterinarian, and the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Foundation Scholarship is assisting Madison with reaching that goal. We are so excited that Madison is our first recipient of this scholarship and we look forward to many more.
The staff of the SDRC and the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Board met with Madison earlier this year to recognize her achievements. Established in 2014, the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Program is designed to serve as a lasting tribute to the vision, mission, life work, an example of Dr. Toni Jo Mason to overcome obstacles and the struggle experienced by people with disabilities.
Dr. Mason was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth. Dr. Mason’s life and career was a commitment to ensure that all people with disabilities were recognized by their abilities, provided encouragement, equal opportunities, and support to dream, learn, and achieve their fullest potential.
For more information about this program, please visit the SDRC's Scholarships page.