Who we are, what we do
We collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to make UALR accessible to everyone. Our expertise is at the intersection of disability and design, and so we work with the campus community to ensure that physical, curricular and web environments are designed to be barrier-free to the extent possible. Some barriers to access can’t be removed in a timely manner, and so that’s when we work one-on-one with students to determine accommodations. This is a collaborative process between the DRC and the student, and when needed, with faculty.
We believe that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to our society and to the UALR campus community. We believe that creating and maintaining usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environments is a shared responsibility of the campus community. We believe that designing learning environments with usability in mind benefits all students at UALR. And we believe that the ultimate indicator of our success is when students with disabilities can access their environments as seamlessly as do non-disabled students.
We strive to work proactively with the campus on accessibility issues by serving on many committees, and by doing presentations to colleges and departments across campus on good course design and accessibility issues. We welcome your questions and your input!
In the interest of creating usable, inclusive and sustainable environments, the Mission of the UALR Disability Resource Center encompasses two primary functions:
- To consult and collaborate with faculty, students, other campus stakeholders, and outside entities regarding Universal Design and reframing disability.
- To facilitate access via accommodations, including those related to communication, the physical environment, print materials, and technology.
- By 2020, students will be able to access their education, services, programs, technology, and the UALR website seamlessly, without DRC intervention. This will be the result of DRC working closely with faculty, staff and students about UD and Reframing Disability. By this time the DRC’s primary focus will be on course design with faculty.
- By Fall 2014,Â there will be a full-time coordinator for online course captioning.
- By Fall 2014, we will have another full-time position to convert textbooks, to free up the time of our technology staff for accessibility testing.
- By 2018, DRC will have a contiguous office space with a break room / meeting room.