Disability Community Council

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The University of Arizona Disability Community 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 Community 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:

Karla Morales
Program Coordinator, Sr., Government and Community Relations
Email: kmorales12@email.arizona.edu
T 520-621-5522

Council Members

John Olsen
Chair
IBM

Dr. John T. Olson received his BS in Computer Engineering in 1994, his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997, and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2000 with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence, all from the University of Arizona. Dr. Olson began work as a co-op with IBM in 1999 and started full-time in 2000 after receiving his PhD. Since then, Dr. Olson has remained as a full-time employee at IBM in the Storage Systems Division.  

This council is currently recruiting new members. If you are interested, contact Cynthia Ramirez at cynthiaramirez@email.arizona.edu  

Accomplishments

The 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.
  • Council members encouraged UA to provide live captioning at all University sports events. Captioning is currently offered in the Arizona Stadium and McKale Center.

Resources

Disability Resource Center
drc.arizona.edu

 

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