cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and
prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to
aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our
- Cesar Chavez
As part of the IOD's broad strategic goals regarding academics, the IOD is dedicated to having a major influence on the preparation of leaders in fields related to individuals with disabilities, education, and community development through its contribution to excellence in university teaching. The IOD designs and implements innovative models of excellence in interdisciplinary teaching, as well as learning experiences that incorporate principles of universal design and distance learning. The IOD collaborates with local colleges and relevant state, regional, and national partners to disseminate curriculum and materials based on these innovative models of excellence.
IOD courses and programs of study focus on a variety of disability-related areas including autism spectrum disorders, assistive technology, children’s health, communication, special education, and community leadership. Several programs of study have significant scholarship opportunities for qualified scholars.
Whether you are a professional interested in returning to school in order expand your knowledge and skills or a current student preparing to become a professional in a field related to disability, the IOD can support you in your growth and development. More detailed information can be found by selecting from the menu to the left.