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Disability Resource Center records

 Collection
Identifier: A105

Overview

The Disability Resource Center has its roots in a 1973 proposal from the Cooperative Education Research Center for a longitudinal study examining the effect the Cooperative Education Work Program had for the employability of students with disabilities. This proposal eventually turned into a three-year effort to make Northeastern University's campus physically accessible to students with disabilities. When funding ran out on this short-term project, a proposal was made to President Ryder for funds to continue the services provided under the initial grant. The Office of Services for the Handicapped (OSH) was officially established in 1978. Known as the Disability Resource Center (DRC) since 1990, this office operates under the Northeastern Division of Student Affairs and provides a range of services that enable students who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate fully in the activities of the University.

Dates

  • 1977-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1980-1992

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation.

Chronology

1973
Proposal for longitudinal study of the effectiveness of the Cooperative Education Work Program for students with disabilities.
1974-1977
Three-year effort to make Northeastern campus physically accessible to students with disabilities.
1977
University Committee on the Handicapped was created.
1977
Proposal made to President Ryder for funds to continue the services provided under the initial grant.
1977
Disabled Students Organization at Northeastern University established.
1978
Office of Services for the Handicapped (OSH) becomes an official department.
1979
Deadline newspaper begins publication.
1979
First edition of "Making it at Northeastern," the disabled students' handbook, published by the OSH.
1982
Kurzweil Reading Machine installed at Dodge Library.
1985
First OSH annual report published.
1985
OSH Update newsletter begins publication.
1986
First TTY (text telephone) lines installed in select offices on campus.
1988
First Annual Recognition Ceremony held in honor of contributions made by disabled students.
1990
OSH changes its name to Disability Resource Center (DRC).

Extent

0.35 cubic feet (1 container)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

33/1

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The collection was transferred from the Disability Resource Center, 25 September 2000.

Related Archival Materials:

Additional materials related to the Office of Services for the Handicapped / Disability Resource Center can be found in the following collections:
Division of Cooperative Education Records (A016)
Division of Student Affairs Records (A084)
Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Service-Learning (A052)
Office of the Provost (A022)



Bibliography

  • Northeastern University Office of Institutional Research. Fact Book. Boston, Mass: Northeastern University, 1990.
Title
Finding aid for the Disability Resource Center Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Anna J. Cook
Date
November 2008
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US