Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Ensuring Higher Education Opportunities for ALL

NOTE: This program was funded from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2012.

Opportunities for Replication

A primary goal for the final year of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for ALL is the replication of this demonstration project at other universities throughout the United States. To accomplish this, Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All has been engaged in the following activities:

  1. Disseminating information about opportunities for replication at several venues, including the
    • a. Pacific Rim International Conference in March, 2010,
    • b. Beyond Inclusion Conference held at Temple University in June, 2010,
    • c. Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Annual Conference in July, 2010, and
    • d. Annual Meeting of Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in November, 2010.
    From these conference presentations, a minimum of 5 universities will be identified where large numbers of students with disabilities attend, to replicate the validated practices of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All.
  2. The expected outcome of this replication effort is that project at 6 universities (Temple University and 5 other colleges/universities) will include:
    • "A Guide to Embedding Disability Studies into the humanities—available for downloading:

      Word Document | PDF Document (not yet available)

    • b. Attrition rates of students with disabilities will be positively impacted by making curriculum more relevant and less stigmatizing in the lives of people with (and without) disabilities.

To learn more about Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All, return here soon to access a video about this demonstration project.

Requirements of Applicants

Interested university/college applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity of faculty and students, including those with disabilities
  • Recruit, enroll, and support students with disabilities
  • Engage in curriculum transformation in the humanities or social sciences so that disability is treated as part of diversity
  • Build personal capacity and those of your colleagues in utilizing principles and practices of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Have at least 2 instructors with a disability or adjunct instructors with a disability from the community who can teach or co-teach with one or more of the humanities instructors
  • Teach or co-teach using the transformed curriculum in at least 3 humanities or social science classes and evaluate the outcomes of this instruction
  • Develop a plan to sustain the efforts in curriculum transformation and (co-)teaching in the humanities

Benefits of Replication

Universities and colleges that replicate Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All will transform its curriculum to view disability as part of diversity, helping to reduce the stigma of disability, and hopefully increasing retention rates of students with disabilities. Each university or university replicating the program will also receive:

  1. Expert training, technical assistance, and resources that have proved effective during Years I and II of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All, including:
    • Videos of sample lessons,
    • Sample PowerPoint presentations,
    • Customized technical assistance, including materials on Universal Design for Learning.
    • Guidelines for embedding disability studies perspectives into many classical humanities texts, and
    • Evaluation methods for measuring outcomes and impact.
  2. Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to support efforts for the following uses:
    • Purchase of needed texts and materials
    • Stipends for collaborating humanities instructors
    • Stipends for qualified consultants with disabilities who can serve as co-instructors
    • Captioning or other accessibility needs
    • Travel to Temple University for training


Universities and Colleges interested in applying to replicate the Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All must complete the online application.


The deadline for application submissions was January 14, 2011..



Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service