The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) was originally established as the Disabled Student Service Center (DSSC) as a full-time office on Oct. 20, 1975. Members of the Disabled Students Union played a central role in making it happen, with the assistance of the Student Affairs Office at the time. The Center was originally intended to serve students with physical and perceptual disabilities and to assist other units of the university to provide services that result in equivalent educational opportunities. The grand total of students registered with the Center for services during that first year (1975 - 1976) was 299. Overall, the number of students registered has been as high as 900 (in the 1996 - 1997 academic year).
The center was originally funded by an Innovation and Expansion grant from the State Department of Rehabilitation. The grant was a 90-10 percent matching grant refundable up to three years with the university’s share increasing 10 percent each year. Paid staff included a full-time coordinator position and a half-time clerical position. Volunteer student help was a regular part of the center’s program during that first year. Volunteers provided a wide variety of services to students with disabilities as well as helping to staff the center when the coordinator and clerical assistant had other commitments.
In 1995, the DSSC (which was commonly referred to as the DSS) was renamed the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to better reflect the services provided. In 2001, the office expanded to oversee services to students with disabilities and services for SF State employees with disabilites. This new and larger organization was renamed the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC).
Where we are now
Today, the DPRC is funded in whole by the University’s general operating budget. The staffing has expanded to meet the needs of the campus and includes 21 professional staff positions, many hourly employees (e.g. sign language interpreters), and part-time student staff. The staff work in partnership with people with disabilities and the campus at large to ensure full and equal access to university programs and facilities.
In addition to providing reasonable accommodations for students and employees, we work to promote universal access through physical, programmatic and technological compliance in full partnership with our campus colleagues and local partners. For a list of some of our partnerships, please visit the Community Connections page.