Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (ME UCEDD) Awarded Grants for Universal Design Course and Faculty Learning Circle

April 7, 2010

Maine UCEDD Director Lu Zeph, and University of Maine Associate Professor Tina Passman (Modern Languages and Classics), have been awarded a faculty development grant from the university's Continuing Education Division to develop an innovative asynchronous course for the Spring 2011 semester. Their successful course proposal, Universal Design: Transforming Systems, will build on the principles of universal design and investigate challenges of equity, access and inclusion in human systems in education, community development, health care, recreation and public policy.

In addition, Zeph and Passman received one of three Learning Circle grants from the university's Center for Teaching Excellence for their companion proposal, "The Creation of an Innovative Course in Universal Design and Systems Change." The Learning Circles program supports informed discussion about teaching, learning and trends in higher education. The Universal Design Learning Circle will not only assist with the development of the Universal Design: Transforming Systems course, but continue to develop and support faculty interest in the application of universal design principles to complex human systems, including higher education.

For more information contact  Sandra Horne.