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University of Northern Colorado, Disability Resource Center records

 Collection — SharedBox: RG9.S4-S8
Identifier: RG009-S007

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the University of Northern Colorado’s Disability Resource Center. Materials include correspondence to staff and faculty, newspaper clippings, Disability Awareness week materials, brochures, newsletters, workshop handouts, a write-up on the history and development of the office, and event flyers. A new addition includes the following: end of year reports, statistics, forms, policies and agreements, and memos or printed emails. It contains information about workshops and services offered, accommodations, testing, and reports on the activities of personnel.


  • 1980 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the UNC University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.

Organizational History

The antecedents of the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) Disability Support Services began in 1972 when the university conducted an architectural barriers survey and began an extensive barrier removal project. As the campus was made more accessible and the enrollment of student with disabilities increased, the Dean of Student Services in 1974 shifted one administrative staff person to half-time concentration on the development and coordination of special services for the disabled students. Additionally, UNC received funding from the State Legislature to appoint a coordinator-counselor position, a role which would become the Director of the Office of Resources for the Disabled. From there the office continued to grow, adding staff members but also operating through the efforts of volunteers and work study students from various disciplines across campus.

Office of Resources for the Disabled coordinated and provided resources for students with permanent physical disabilities. General services included: health service, housing, registration assistance, testing, academic aids, counseling, placement, recreation, learning lab-study, as well as orientation for faculty. Specialized services were provided for the deaf and hearing impaired, orthopedically disabled and visually handicapped.

The name was eventually changed to the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office with the mission to provide the University with resources, education, and direct services to design a more welcoming and inclusive environment. As of 2018 its services include sign language interpretive services, adaptive technology (such as Braille, screen readers, enlarged print, audio books, etc.) note-taking services, captioning, testing accommodations, assistance with housing, and resources for faculty. In July 2019, the name was changed to the Disability Resource Center (DRC).


0.50 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 folder)

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This collection contains materials related to the University of Northern Colorado’s Disability Resource Center.

Collection Title Change

The former title of this collection was the University of Northern Colorado Disability Support Services records. It was changed to the University of Northern Colorado Disability Resource Center records in October 2020 following the department's name change in July 2019.

Minimally Processed
Shirley Soenksen; updated by Kate Johnson
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Edition statement
Original finding aid created in 2015. Updated to conform to DACS in 2018. New addition added in October 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639