We’re Here to Help: SF Disabilities Resource Center

We’re Here to Help: SF Disabilities Resource Center

Two people sitting outside looking at the camera at Santa Fe College's Northwest Campus.

January 18, 2024 – Santa Fe College’s mission is to add value to the lives of our students and enrich our community “through excellence in teaching and learning, innovative educational programs and student services, and community leadership and service.”

In keeping with our mission, we must “identify, assess and meet community needs to promote open access to the college.” The Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) at Santa Fe College ensures that students with disabilities have an equal chance to take part in all aspects of college life.

“Environments are designed without thinking of every single need,” Beth Roland, DRC Interim Coordinator said. “Consequently, we need to retrofit or accommodate for all to fully participate. That is why [the] DRC is important. We collaborate with the college community to minimize at the least and at best, remove barriers that disabled students face.”

The Disabilities Resource Center is also a hub for all students across the college and its centers seeking education and support on disability-related matters like:

  • Accommodations for Santa Fe College sponsored events.
  • Service animals.
  • Adaptive devices.
  • Testing at the DRC.
  • Grievance procedures.

Roland noted that students do not need documentation to schedule an appointment, promoting accessibility for everyone. The DRC’s outreach efforts continue to enhance the lives of our students.

“During the Academic Year 2022-2023,” Roland stated, “we had over 1,000 students (unduplicated) connected with the DRC.”

The Disabilities Resource Center is located in Building S, Room 229 on Santa Fe College’s Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. Its business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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