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Collection Overview
Title:Disability Resource Center records
Date:1977-1999 (bulk 1980-1992)
Location Code: 33 / 1
Reference Code:A105
Extent:0.35 cubic feet (1 manuscript box)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection consists primarily of reports, brochures, and newsletters originating out of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and its predecessor organization, the Office of Services for the Handicapped (OSH). The collection documents the outreach efforts of the OSH and DRC to Northeastern's disabled student population, and the education of faculty and staff who serve those students.
Historical Abstract: 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.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Disability Resource Center.

  • Students with disabilities -- Education (Higher) - Massachusetts - Boston.

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation.
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 (A16)Division of Student Affairs Records (A84)Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Service-Learning (A52)Office of the Provost (A22)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Anna J. Cook, November 2008
1973Proposal for longitudinal study of the effectiveness of the Cooperative Education Work Program for students with disabilities.
1974-1977Three-year effort to make Northeastern campus physically accessible to students with disabilities.
1977University Committee on the Handicapped was created.
1977Proposal made to President Ryder for funds to continue the services provided under the initial grant.
1977Disabled Students Organization at Northeastern University established.
1978Office of Services for the Handicapped (OSH) becomes an official department.
1979Deadline newspaper begins publication.
1979First edition of “Making it at Northeastern,” the disabled students' handbook, published by the OSH.
1982Kurzweil Reading Machine installed at Dodge Library.
1985First OSH annual report published.
1985OSH Update newsletter begins publication.
1986First TTY (text telephone) lines installed in select offices on campus.
1988First Annual Recognition Ceremony held in honor of contributions made by disabled students.
1990OSH changes its name to Disability Resource Center (DRC).

Northeastern University Office of Institutional Research. Fact Book. Boston, Mass: Northeastern University, 1990.

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1Annual Reports1984-1985
1DRC Publications (5 folders)n.d., 1977-1999
1Handbook by the President's Committee on Employment for the Handicapped1985
1Kurzweil Reading Machine Information1985
1Newspaper Clippings1977-1982