Faculty and staff play an integral role in ensuring that UT Austin is accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to students with disabilities. Every semester, D&A asks students to nominate specific faculty or staff who have demonstrated excellence in facilitating an equitable campus environment. D&A’s Accessibility Champion awards (formerly D&A Appreciation Awards) provide a wonderful opportunity for students to acknowledge faculty or staff who have positively impacted their semester.
Search for nominees by semester or by college/department in the master list below.
Check out the entire list of Award Recipients at the following link: D&A Accessibility Champions Master List, Fall 2022
Here are some excerpts from student’s nominations
“She was especially helpful in making me feel comfortable in the classroom environment, and provided discreet accommodations for me. I was able to excel in her class and enjoy myself, feeling more comfortable than I have in other class settings. She was readily available to help me when situations came up.”
“Over the course of the semester [my professor] reached out to me any time she noticed I was struggling. Each time I came to her for guidance, she graciously and lovingly helped me in any way she could. She gave me so much hope and motivation whenever I was doubting myself, or whatever I was struggling with that day.”
“As a [D&A] student, I often find it difficult to have conversations with faculty regarding certain accommodations, so I always put it off until a few days before I actually need them (which is a bad habit, I know!); however, before every exam, [my professor] actually reached out to me to schedule it. I just want to let him know that it meant a lot. Sometimes small actions like this really reminded me of how much professors care about their students. He could have easily waited for me to contact him to schedule my exam, but he always reached out to me at least a week in advance. Sending him this clock will hopefully let him know that it is, indeed, the little things that count — whether it is printing out slides for his class, making funny comments, or reaching out to a student in need to schedule her exams.”
“He has been kind to me all semester, and my class and I find him quite humorous. He complied with my requests for extra time for his three exams. He also listens to me, understands me, and he goes above and beyond to help me with my accommodations. He treats me like an equal and doesn’t look down on me because of my disability.”
“This woman is the reason I am registered with [D&A] , she directed me to [D&A] when she thought there something wrong with my learning capability. She was a great teacher and always was extremely helpful.”
We are grateful for all the faculty and staff who help create an accessible and inclusive environment for students with disabilities at UT!
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