VISION:Student Disability Services embraces an educational community that celebrates and values the uniqueness and diversity of each student.
MISSION:In the spirit of equity, and in collaboration with the larger campus community, Student Disability Services leads the university in its commitments to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity, to embrace access as a matter of social justice, and to design more welcoming and inclusive environments.
CORE VALUES:As a department, and as individuals, we are committed to following the below Core Values as the foundation of our philosophical and decision-making processes:
We recognize disability as a dimension of human variation and consider it to be an interaction between the person and the artificially-created barriers to physical, educational, economic, social, and policy environments.
We support university standards and integrity by valuing high expectations for all students, including those with disabilities.
Dr. Cole will be missed. He is a champion for all students, and especially for underrepresented students. Many years ago I casually mentioned Disability as a diversity issue.He immediately asked me to sit on the university’s two diversity-related committees. This happened before Disability as diversity became part of higher education’s discussion about the inclusion of disability in diversity efforts. Dr. Cole recognized the need and became an instant champion for students with disabilities. Thank you, Dr.Cole! ... See MoreSee Less
OXFORD, Miss. – When Donald Cole was a graduate student at the University of Mississippi in the 1980s, he and a faculty member would walk over to the Union to get coffee together. Cole would walk so...