UCF is making a change for a more accessible environment on campus.

The Office of Student Disability Services will be changing its name to Student Accessibility Services at a ceremony that will be held Monday from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the courtyard at Ferrell Commons.

"We want the university to be an inclusive environment for all students," said Mark Gumble, assistant vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services.

This change was considered because there was a focus on the inaccessible environment, and not on the student with the disability, Gumble said. The former name may have created a negative stigma associated with those who are disabled.

Society is working to move away from terms such as "handicap" and "disability," and Gumble said there are currently 60 universities that have replaced such terms with the word "accessibility."

At the ceremony, speakers including Dr. Adam Meyer, the director for Student Accessibility Services; Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services; and two students, will be sharing what this historic announcement means to UCF.

As UCF removes such terms, Gumble said it is an overall reflection of a more progressive institution.

Other changes have been made as a new initiative at UCF, such as the launch of Inclusive Education Services on Thursday, which will welcome students with intellectual disabilities starting in fall 2015.


Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at

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