Accessibility and Disability Initiatives

Campus Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: Accessibility & Disability Events, Programs, and Resources

 This collection of disability- and accessibility-related resources aims to inform the Marquette community about the events and initiatives occurring across campus.

By collecting these resources, our hope is to open up a dialogue across campus and play a role in ensuring accessible and inclusive environments for people of varying abilities by mitigating physical, environmental, attitudinal barriers that exclude people from fully participating in University life.

Have an event, course, or resource you’d like us to post? Email ods@marquette.edu with details!

 

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Campus Events

PAST EVENTS

          February 2019

Beyond Compliance: Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Students with Disabilities 

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning

College classrooms are often difficult spaces to navigate for students with disabilities. Even though students are guaranteed equal access to higher education through the American with Disabilities Act, for many students, true access requires more than a formal accommodation letter. Many students report challenges to receiving the accommodations they need in the college classroom. These instances range from experiencing marginalization to difficult reactions from their faculty or fellow peers.  Additionally, some faculty members are unsure how to meet students’ accommodations effectively and create an accessible classroom. In this discussion session, we will highlight common barriers students with disabilities often face in college classrooms and discuss strategies for curricula for a maximum accessibility. Drawing on resources from the Office of Disability Services and faculty and students with disabilities, we will provide resources on Universal Design in Learning, sample syllabus statements, and several teaching and classroom management strategies.

Peer Mentor Program

COMPASS (Community Of Marquette Peers Advising + Supporting Students) is a peer mentor program in the Office of Disability Services for students with disabilities, offering support, guidance, and leadership through developing a meaningful personal relationship, connected by shared experience.

https://www.marquette.edu/disability-services/compass.php

On Your MARQ

On Your Marq is a college support program for Marquette undergraduates on the autism spectrum, focusing on the unique ways autism interacts with the college experience.

https://www.marquette.edu/disability-services/on-your-marq/

Courses

SPRING 2019

ENGL 6300  The Long 18th Century: Crip Lit: Theorizing Disability in the Past and Present

Taught by Dr. Jason Farr

FALL 2019

ENGL 1001-130 and 1001-134 – Foundations in Rhetoric: This course aims to help students develop their abilities to communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and across multimedia for diverse audiences. More specifically, this course reveals the important ways in which disability connects with language and rhetoric in our everyday lives—whether you have a disability or not. Specifically, the focus of this course centers on the theme of disability and rhetoric, or, disability rhetorics. Students will learn foundational approaches to disability using a Disability Studies critical methodology, Disability Studies theory, and disability forward-thinking practices. They will apply their knowledge from this class to their reading, research, and writing. The semester is organized into four units, each dealing with a different aspect of disability, language, and culture: private (disability and identity) public (disability and law/access), disability and research, and applications of Disability Studies.

Taught by Ms. Hunter Deiglmeier

PHTH 4512 – Culture and Disability: The culture of disability, as a product of intrinsic factors of the person (spiritual beliefs and cultural practices) and those extrinsic factors in society (prejudice, stigma and discrimination) and the environment (architectural barriers) will be examined. The human dignity and civil rights of persons with disability, especially for the ever-expanding population of persons aged 65 and older, will be emphasized. Students will reflect on their own values, beliefs, and guiding life principles (Vocational Discernment) which shape their interactions and behaviors as professional health-care providers. The role of positive emotions, having choices, hope, and spiritual resolve as a foundation for the developing field of rehabilitation medicine called "Cardio-Psycho-Neuro-Immunology" will be a focus in this course. Prereq: PHTH major or cons. of instr.

                Taught by Mrs. Marilyn Lefaivre

SPRING 2020

            ENGL 2000

          In development, to be taught by Ms. Hunter Deiglmeier

Student Organizations for Students with Disabilities

Adaptive Abilities Club: This club partners with various organizations in the area to organize sporting and recreational events geared towards children and adults with disabilities. Some of our most popular activities include rock climbing, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and wheelchair rugby. Volunteer and participation opportunities available! 

https://marquette.presence.io/organization/adaptive-abilities-club-at-marquette

Contact: adaptiveabilities@gmail.com

 

L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, and Awareness for Disabilities): L.E.A.D. is an organization that supports and raises awareness for individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities. Although some of our members have a chronic illness/disability themselves, others may be interested due to a family members' or friends' illness, or due to their own interest in the medical field. Anyone is welcome to join. 

https://marquette.presence.io/organization/l-e-a-d-leadership-education-and-awareness-for-disabilities

Contact: lauren.vasko@marquette.edu (club President)

Student Organizations for Allies and Advocates for Students with Disabilities

Adaptive Abilities Club: This club partners with various organizations in the area to organize sporting and recreational events geared towards children and adults with disabilities. Some of our most popular activities include rock climbing, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and wheelchair rugby. Volunteer and participation opportunities available! 

https://marquette.presence.io/organization/adaptive-abilities-club-at-marquette

Contact: adaptiveabilities@gmail.com

Best Buddies Marquette: Best Buddies Marquette creates communities of inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through friendships, integrated employment, & leadership development.

https://marquette.presence.io/organization/best-buddies-marquette

Contact: bestbuddiesmarquette@gmail.com

 

Printable Resources for Faculty and Staff

Available for distribution to students or for posting in offices

ODS postcard

ODS flier with pull-tab contact info