Getting Started

How to Get Registered with the DRC

Newly admitted UIC students are advised to start this process once they have accepted admission. Currently enrolled students should engage DRC as soon as possible once they have identified a barrier and or need.

Please know that it could take up to six weeks to get registered with the DRC. This is based on a number of potential factors, including but not limited to: the nature of a student’s accommodation requests, the availability of appropriate supporting documentation, and scheduling appointments during peak periods of a semester.

All accommodations, once approved, are applied proactively rather than retroactively, so planning ahead is very important.

Registration Steps

In order to request accommodations from the DRC, complete the three steps below.

1. Schedule an intake appointment by calling DRC at (312) 413-2183.

During this intake meeting you can talk with an Accommodation Coordinator about your disability-related needs.
Intake meetings generally take 30 – 60 minutes.

2. Gather your medical documentation. Your healthcare provider can complete DRC’s Disability Verification Form.

Students who are seeking reasonable accommodations must provide supporting documentation that demonstrates:

  • Current (within the last five years) disability diagnosis from a licensed clinical professional familiar with your history;
  • Explanation of how the disability limits the participation in courses, programs, services, or activities at the University; and
  • Recommendation of accommodation(s) from a physician or medical professional.

 3. Complete the Student Registration Form before your intake appointment. 

The form can be completed in 5-10 minutes. Be sure to have your iCard UIN available.

4. Letter of Accommodation (LOA)
After the student is registered, the DRC will draft an individualized Letter of Accommodation (LOA), which verifies that the student has a disability and describes the approved reasonable accommodations. The student provides their instructors with a copy of their and discusses how each approved accommodation can be implemented. The DRC will engaged in the interactive process with University faculty and students to facilitate the implementation of any approved academic accommodations. Students should also notify the DRC if accommodations need to be modified, or if their disability changes in any way.