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Disability Resource Center: Helping to ensure equal access to the University's educational, social, and cultural opportunities

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Mission

The University of Louisville is committed to equal opportunity for all academically qualified students, and does not discriminate based on disability. The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to coordinate services that ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to take full advantage of the University's educational, social, and cultural opportunities.

Goals

  • To provide and coordinate accommodations for enrolled students with disabilities. Services are tailored to meet the meet the needs of individual students based on their specific disabilities. The services provided by the DRC include, but are not limited to: testing accommodations, supplemental note-takers,  interpreters, access to assistive technology, and assistance in obtaining textbooks in alternate format.
  • To assist with recruitment of qualified students with disabilities and provide services and information to ease the transition into post-secondary education.
  • To assist in the successful transition of students with disabilities from secondary to post-secondary education.
  • To facilitate the development and independence of students with disabilities.
  • To serve as a resource for students, staff, faculty and administrators within the University and for individuals and agencies within the community on disability issues.
  • To assist with increasing the awareness of the University community on disability issues.
  • To assist with University -wide efforts to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • To facilitate sharing of information among disabled student service professionals within the region.
  • To pursue external funding sources to enhance services for students with disabilities.
  • To develop and administer assessment instruments/activities with emphasis on continued modification and improvement of services for students.

Outcomes

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) staff is committed to the provision of effective accommodations and advocacy for students with disabilities. Defining a program mission and programmatic goals is essential for the efficient operation of our center. On-going evaluation and assessment of our activities lead to continuous improvements and increase our ability to transform our campus into a more welcoming, barrier-free environment for students with disabilities.

  • Annual Report 2006
    The DRC prepared a summary of major activities and assessment activities.
  • Assessment Overview 2003 and 2004
    A summary of assessment activities for 2003 and 2004.
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    In 2005, the DRC began the process of identifying specific Student Learning Outcomes. The assessment of student learning is not an end in itself but a vehicle for educational improvement. Our plan is to develop learning outcomes for students, to devise ways to measure the effectiveness of our efforts, and to improve our services in ways that benefit students.
  • Division of Student Affairs
    The Disability Resource Center is part of the Division of Student Affairs which provides a Division wide philosophy of assessment as well as education and support needed for Student Affair units to fully participate in the assessment of student learning/development and program services.
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