Disability Advisory Council

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The University of Arizona Disability Advisory Council provides community input and support to the UA on strategic initiatives and promoting diversity and inclusion.

The role of the University of Arizona Disability Advisory Council is to support the mission and success of the University of Arizona, by strengthening the UA’s ability to serve the disability community.

We are committed to serving as a communications conduit between Southern Arizona’s disability communities and the UA. We also value and welcome your input. Please email your questions, suggestions, or comments. Contact us:

Ivy K. Banks, M.Ed., J.D. 
Associate Vice Provost, Diversity & Inclusion 
Office of Diversity & Inclusion 
Email: ivybanks@arizona.edu 

Denise TrimbleSmith
Program Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Email: dtrimblesmith@arizona.edu 

Charlinda Haudley
Program Coordinator Senior, Office of Multicultural Advancement
Division of Equity, Inclusion
Email: chaudley@arizona.edu(link sends e-mail)
T 520-621-8266

Advisory Council Members

This council is currently recruiting new members. If you are interested, contact the Office of Multicultural Advancement at oma@email.arizona.edu


The Advisory Council also focuses on a number of activities each year that yield significant results. These include: 

  • The Council advocated that the UA infuse principles of Universal Design into the Design Standards and Specifications Manual used by UA Facilities Management, and Planning, Design, and Construction. The Council’s recommendation was adopted. The Manual now reflects an expanded and strengthened section on University standards for accessible design, including technical specifications and guidance to designers to apply principles of Universal Design to both renovation projects and new construction plans.
  • Advisory Council members encouraged UA to provide live captioning at all University sports events. Captioning is currently offered in the Arizona Stadium and McKale Center.



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