Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I register at the Disability Resource Center?

Student with disabilities who register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to receive accommodations have better graduation rates and higher GPAs than students who do not.

  • Who can register with the DRC?

Any FIU student who is currently enrolled at FIU and has a disability whether it is permanent or temporary (such as pregnancy or injury) is able to register at the DRC. Registering with our department is voluntary in order to receive academic accommodations.

  • What qualifies as a disability?

Any condition that limits your ability to perform necessary daily tasks and major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, learning, etc. This may include learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, chronic medical conditions, vision and hearing impairment, mobility impairment and more…

  • How do I get accommodations?

Schedule a private welcome appointment with your Access Consultant by calling our office at 305-348-3532. Your Access Consultant will be assigned based on your academic level and/or program. 

  • What do I bring to my appointment?

Please bring any documentation that supports your disability status. Some examples include but are not limited to doctor’s notes, IEP or 504 plan’s, neuropsychological evaluations, and/or medical records.

  • What if I don’t have any current medical documentation?

Schedule a welcome appointment anyway and bring anything you do have. The DRC may also be able to do a narrative intake and register you based on what we learn through our detailed question and answer discussion.

  • Who will pay for a new evaluation?

FIU is not required to conduct or pay for an evaluation to document your disability. Therefore, you will need to pay or find funding to pay an appropriate professional for an evaluation.

  • When should I register?

It is best to register 4-6 weeks before beginning classes, but students may register at any time throughout the semester.

  • How long will my appointment take?

Appointments typically take 30 minutes to an hour

  • Privacy is important to me. Who will you tell about my disability?

We will inform your professors, with your permission, that you are registered with our office so that you can access your accommodations. We do not disclose your diagnosis unless you request that we do so. We do not add your disability status to your transcript or other permanent records.

It is your decision what professor’s you want us to notify and whether you want to opt into your accommodations every semester. That is why we require students to complete a Notification of Academic Adjustment Form every semester to give us permission to contact your professors.

  • I have an emotional support animal, how do I register them?

Emotional support animals are exclusively restricted to housing and housing adjacent areas. In order to register your animal, please make an appointment with our office and bring your doctor’s note stating the therapeutic purpose of the animal as well as the ongoing treatment plan to which the animal is contributing.

  • I have a service animal, do I need to register at the DRC?

No, you do not have to register with the DRC in order to bring your trained service animal on campus.

  • I’m a veteran, is going to Veteran and Military Affair’s office enough or do I need to register with the DRC to receive accommodations?

You would need to go to both offices.
Veteran and Military Affairs will provide resources, events, and educational benefits to Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, eligible dependents and spouses enrolled at FIU.
The Disability Resource Center will provide you with academic accommodations throughout your FIU experience.

  • Are there any costs associated with using the DRC?

No. All FIU students are entitled to services and reasonable accommodations if needed

  • What is a reasonable accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment to a course, program, or activity that will enable you 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 may include extra time on assessments, adaptive technology, minimal distraction testing room, and sign language interpreters among others.

  • What are the DRC’s hours of operation?

MMC: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-6:00pm and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

BBC: Monday- Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

 

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Contact

Modesto Maidique Campus
GC 190
Phone: 305-348-3532
Fax: 305-348-3850

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Summer Hours (Beginning April 29, 2019):
Monday - Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm


drc@fiu.edu

 

Biscayne Bay Campus
WUC 131
305-919-5345
Fax 305-919-5211

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

drcbbc@fiu.edu