Support Disability Services at CU-Boulder
To learn more about the impact your gift can make, contact:
Amanda Young Stewart
Associate Director of Development
CU Foundation – Campus Programs
Disability Services receives institutional funding that allows us to provide the services and accommodations required by the ADA. However, our excellence is built on going above and beyond what is required by statute – personal relationships and innovative solutions are what make Disability Services at CU-Boulder unique.
As part of the University of Colorado’s $1.5 billion campaign, Creating Futures, we have established the following funding priorities for Disability Services at CU-Boulder. We hope this list inspires you to call and learn more about how private contributions will ensure that Disability Services moves into the future with the same level of excellence we have built over our first 37 years.
- Named spaces within the Disability Services suite at the Center for Community – This new home for our office, a space that far surpasses our past location in terms of accessibility, visibility, and community feel, includes a student lounge, testing room, private meeting spaces, an assistive technology lab, and videophone station. Support for the building fund by naming a space within our suite will further signify the importance of a strong DISABILITY SERVICES office for the whole campus.
- Bridge program – The first semester is a make-or-break time for all students, particularly those with disabilities. Summer bridge programs are a common tool for helping incoming students with similar needs. Disability Services staff members understand the tools, techniques, and resources they may need in order to get off to a good start at CU. Our bridge program is in its infancy and will require donor support in order to grow.
- Academic Success Toolkits – Our Disability Specialists could benefit from having a set of commonly-used assistive technology devices and tools, skill-building videos, and other items at their disposal for student consultations. For example, it would be beneficial for students to try out a Live Scribe pen before purchasing one or participate in a skill-building tutorial on their own time. Funding to build these toolkits will allow our specialists to get important resources to students more quickly, making a direct impact on student success.
- Student Assistive Technology Fund – Many of our students would benefit from having access to their own assistive technology equipment but do not have the ability to purchase it. This is particularly difficult for students who need technology in the classroom to make note-taking and studying productive. The Student Assistive Technology Fund would allow us to award grants to qualifying students in the form of assistive technology items such as Live Scribe pens, notebooks, and laptop computers.
- Internship Fund – There are several internship programs specifically for students with disabilities, but many do not cover the costs of relocation and housing for the summer. An internship fund would allow us to support high-achieving students to participate in incredible opportunities that they might not be able to accept otherwise, due to associated costs.