Signature Programs

Michigan State University demonstrates international leadership in providing the latest disability technology, resources and services through its Signature Programs at the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. These programs, made possible with the support of dedicated staff, generous donors and committed volunteers, exemplify our mission to maximize ability and opportunity for students, faculty and staff.

Accessible Textbooks/Media

  • Policy and guidelines for accessing alternative format materials
  • Braille, tactile images and electronic textbook production
  • Video captioning services
  • Complimentary services for eligible students
  • Cost recovery production for other institutions

Alex Powell Spartan Experience Leadership Endowment 

  • Established in 2014 in honor of Spartan, Alex Powell  
  • Enhances the Spartan experience through outreach, specialized assistance and services to students and families facing challenges around difficult disability dynamics with special sensitivity to those facing cancer 

Alternative Testing

  • Procedure, eligibility and alternative testing formats

Assistive Technology

  • Technological advancements for students with disabilities
  • Assistive Technology Center

Awards and Appreciation Reception

  • An inspirational celebration of ability and accomplishment
  • Nominate an outstanding professor, staff person or alumnus
  • Apply for scholarships

Building Opportunities for Networking and Discovery (BOND)

  • Offers extensive opportunities for social and communication development for students with ASDs
  • Creates opportunities to connect with other students through social outings, workshops and mentoring

Carlson Accessible Media Program (CAMP)

  • Endowed program established by Richard and Kathleen Carlson
  • Advancing MSU leadership in accessible textbooks and other educational media

Careers & Employment

  • Guidance on career and employment issues
  • Job search websites and disability accommodation resources

Edith Moore Squires Vision and Resilience Endowment

  • Endowed program established in memory of Edith Moore Squires
  • Expands capacity, promotes ability and helps students envision their highest potential

Education Abroad

  • Advantages of studying abroad
  • Tips for traveling with a disability
  • Arranging accommodations
  • Disability in a Diverse Society

Emerging Opportunities Endowment

  • Established in 2009 by Dr. Thomas and Ellen Maleck in honor of RCPD leadership
  • Addresses emerging needs for students, employees and families with disabilities
  • Veterans with service-related disabilities are among the first beneficiaries

Engineering Design Day Partnership

  • Accessibility demonstration projects that address disability challenges and raise awareness
  • Collaborative partnership between The MSU RCPD and College of Engineering with corporate and donor support

Persons with Disabilities Empowerment Fund

  • History and future innovations

Project Venture

  • 3-day transition program for high school students with disabilities
  • Offers students the chance to “try on” university life through an interactive experience here at Michigan State University 

Sign Language Interpreting and Real-Time Captioning

  • Commitment to inclusive communication for deaf/hard of hearing individuals
  • Requesting services

STATE Program

  • Endowed program established by Mickey and Debbie Stern to support students with learning disabilities
  • Provides a structured seminar, peer mentoring, and tutoring

State Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Support from state vocational agencies

Tower Guard

  • Sophomore honorary organization building leadership, service, scholarship and character
  • MSU's oldest campus-based organization

TRIO Student Support Services Program

  • Support services program working to ensure equal educational opportunity for students

Veterans with Disabilities

  • Honoring service to country with resources that maximize ability and opportunity
  • Enhancing the Disabled Veterans Assistance Program

Welcome Orientation Workshop for New Students

  • Welcomes new students and provides linkages for success

Wochholz Endowment for Persons with Disabilities

  • Endowed program established by Harold F. and Phyllis N. Wochholz
  • Increasing awareness and opportunity for students with disabilities