Students with disabilities in SHP/MU
Faculty development and support for students with disabilities
Mizzou strives to promote an environment of accessibility and adaptability.
The Disability Center on campus offers customized training and accessibility evaluations for faculty and staff. This is a more active opportunity to remove barriers in academic environments without students having to go out of their way to ask for accommodations. It can cover things like making certain events and spaces accessible for all as well as teaching disability awareness to instructors.
There is an emphasis on digital accessibility, especially with the increased number of entirely online students. Faculty are shown how to design and create effective virtual layouts that serve students with varying needs.
The ADA office is available to contact for further questions or information.
How our professions support individuals with disabilities
The School of Health Professions’ programs prepare students to reduce patients’ experience of disability through treatments that help with recovery of function and/or the use of accommodation strategies. Students also learn the importance of advocating for patients’ rights and empowering patients to advocate for themselves. The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs teach students how to help their patients with disabilities engage in an active lifestyle by increasing or adapting their movements to decrease limitations and by identifying tools and/or environmental modifications to promote accessibility. In addition, the Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences program educates future speech-language pathologists, who increase speech skills for their patients.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Research Professor Dr. Bill Janes received the 2019 Lee Henson Access Award for his work developing a 3-D printing lab to create adaptive equipment on the Mizzou campus. Dr. Janes also leads Go, Baby Go!, which is a program that modifies toy ride-on cars to provide power mobility on an individualized basis for children under three.
As important as it is to make the physical campus and university events accessible, it’s equally as important to educate the Mizzou community and provide awareness to destigmatize disabilities.
Find out more about Disability Culture Month and Mizzou’s commitment to inclusion.