The Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinates academic accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case and highly individualized basis. Your accommodations will vary based on the faculty course design. We encourage students to make an active decision about the use of accommodations at the very start of each semester. Proactive planning and early communication is the key to successful services and course accommodation implementation.
At times, disability accommodations will be provided directly by the faculty. In such cases, the DRC will work with you and our faculty partners to ensure smooth coordination of the accommodations. In the online learning environment, the accommodations are coordinated through the DRC. We work directly with your course instructor and the FIU Online Instructional Designers to try our best to ensure all possible measures for accessibility are taken in any format needed.
Preparing for your Welcome Appointment
The first step in affiliating with the DRC is scheduling a Welcome Appointment. You can do so by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 305.348.3532.
During this Welcome Appointment, you will get to meet your Access Consultant and discuss your specific needs, medical history, and diagnosis, and assign the academic accommodations that will help you be successful in your course.
You will need to fill out the following forms before your scheduled Welcome Appointment:
*As a center that provides services to students with disabilities, the DRC provides you the application to update your records or register to vote in person or with an electronic form.
Once you complete these forms, please email them to email@example.com or directly to the Access Consultant who you will be meeting with prior to your welcome appointment.
Each and every semester, on-campus and fully online students have the opportunity to request or decline academic accommodations. Whether it's status-quo or changes are needed, requesting accommodations through the DRC is simple!
- Fill out the Notification Of Academic Accommodations
- Email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- This form then authorizes the DRC to notify your professors (and instructional designers) of your accommodations.
- Follow up with the DRC to request other accommodations such as testing.
PLEASE NOTE: This form is only for students that have already registered with the DRC to receive accommodations. If you have NOT yet completed your registration with the DRC by attending a Welcome Appointment and submitting your documentation, please contact our office at 305-348-3532.
DRC services include the provision of accommodations to students with disabilities for course tests and exams. These services are available to students who qualify for certain types of accommodations. Common examples of test accommodations include extended time, scribe services, limited distraction testing rooms, Braille test conversion, and the use of assistive technology.
The Disability Resource Center has a state-of-the-art assistive technology computer facility that houses both PC and Macintosh computers with mainstream and assistive technology. Study tables, scanners, wireless capabilities and printing are also available for student use during hours of operations.
The computer lab is used by students to support their coursework and as a group or individual study space. The lab also serves as a product demonstration and training facility for students, faculty, staff and community members. Students often visit the Center to try out technology before making a purchase to make sure they find a good technological solution.
In addition, the assistive technology resources below are also available for all faculty and staff at FIU. The DRC is here to provide consultation regarding adaptive technology and accessibility at anytime!
Request accessible textbooks
Please understand that not all format types will be available for the requested title (for example, a PDF/EPUB file may need to be substituted with text-to-speech software for an audiobook request). The Disability Resource Center will do our best to fulfill the requested format type for required course materials.
What steps should you take each semester?
- Determine what REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS are used in your course. Optional and Supplemental textbooks cannot be requested.
- If purchasing textbooks, try to select electronic formats. The FIU bookstore already offers digital access to various titles. Please take advantage of this option.
- If electronic materials are not available, request the textbooks from the DRC as soon as possible. The acquisition and conversion processes are extremely time-consuming, please submit the Electronic Textbook Request Form at least 4 weeks before the start of the semester. Make sure to upload proof of purchase for each of the textbooks requested. The DRC recommends purchasing NEW copies of textbooks because some publishers will not honor a used textbook.
- Allow 7-14 business days for the DRC to contact you with any follow-up questions or status updates. DRC collaborates with publishers and outside agencies to receive the material in the requested format. If the necessary format is not available, then the DRC converts materials in-house which requires a longer processing time. In some cases, textbook acquisition and conversions can take 4-6 weeks.
- The time frame to convert a textbook to an alternative format can vary based on the number of textbooks requested by each student and what specific textbook is being requested. In addition, the number of pages and amount of content in each textbook can also increase the turnaround time.
Please note that all electronic files will be uploaded to One Drive and shared with you via your FIU email. Books are saved onto one file and not separated into chapters or folders.
The Disability Resource Center, in partnership with Housing and Residential Life, welcomes you to learn more about the process of requesting reasonable accommodations for your on-campus living space. Our goal is to ensure that you are supported throughout your time here at FIU, and your on-campus living experience is one of the ways we are able to do so. We are here to help make your home at FIU one that is specifically designed to serve your needs. For more information on ADA accommodations, examples, and how to ensure your reasonable and appropriate housing accommodations, please follow the link below.
Service Animals and ESAs
Please follow the process below if you would like to request to have your ESA live in FIU Housing with you:
If you would like to register your Emotional Support Animal (ESA) to accompany you in FIU Housing, you need to complete the process below and submit the requested supporting documentation.
The DRC requires the following documentation to be submitted when completing the Emotional Support Animal Request Webform found through the following link: https://webforms.fiu.edu/view.php?id=3253201
- Completed DRC Student Intake Form
- Completed Housing Medical Accommodation Request Form
- Letter of Support from Medical/Healthcare Provider (see detailed description in Medical Accommodation Request Form)
Please note that Emotional Support Animals are NOT permitted in Housing until you receive communication from Housing confirming your request has been processed.
Once your initial documentation is approved, the DRC will send the request to Housing and you will be copied in the email and prompted to follow up on next steps directly with Housing staff.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Bello at email@example.com.
Disability Related Absences, Extensions & In-Field Experiences
The DRC offers quiet Computer Assistive Technology Labs (CAT Labs) for all DRC-registered students on both the MMC and BBC campuses.
There are four CAT Labs at MMC and one large CAT Lab at BBC that are available to use during the library's business hours.
The CAT Labs contain accessible furniture, access to Windows computers with Internet, Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, and assistive technologies such as JAWS and a CCTV.
Please keep in mind that specialty departmental software like Adobe InDesign and SPSS is not available.
If you are planning to enroll in study abroad program and will need accommodation in your travels, contact your assigned Access Consultant.
ASL and CARTE Services
The provision of sensory impairment accommodations such as CARTE services and ASL Services may require additional coordination and technology-related setup, which may cause delays in implementing these during the semester. Additionally, please note that a shortage of in-person ASL interpreters is affecting the provision of these accommodations in the classroom. Although FIU’s DRC is working diligently to ensure you have full access to your course materials, please note that there may be some delays in this process and some alternative modalities implemented when appropriate.