Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities (PCPD)
The students, faculty and staff who serve on the PCPD make recommendations to the president regarding the needs of people with disabilities. Meetings are held monthly during the academic year to discuss current events and to plan activities to elevate awareness of important issues.
The PCPD serves as a university-wide advocate promoting awareness, educating the university community, and assisting individuals on disability-related issues.
To be a university community characterized by dignity, respect, and equal access where all individuals are valued members of NIU's living, learning, and working environment.
NIU Disability and Accessibility Tutorial
The NIU Disability and Accessibility Tutorial (pdf) was written by the Ad Hoc Committee on Disability during Summer 2012, reviewed during the fall, and subsequently endorsed by the PCPD in February 2013.
We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to read and abide by the recommendations it provides.
"Perspectives on Disability" is NIU's First MOOC
"Perspectives on Disability" is NIU’s first-ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course was developed to raise awareness about disability from personal, philosophical, sociological, psychological, medical, and legal perspectives. The MOOC is led by College of Health and Human Sciences professor Greg Long, a Presidential Teaching Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders.
The MOOC includes 10 lessons that cover a wide range of disability-related topics. Lesson 7 (Postsecondary Education and Disability) was designed to support the Disability and Accessibility Tutorial. It includes six short video-based presentations (ranging from 6-15 minutes) that feature a wide range of student guest speakers and background information. We hope you find these helpful. If so, share them with others.
7.2 Prevalence, benefits, and challenges (15:02)
7.3 Laws and higher education (6:18)
7.6 Universal Design in the Classroom (7:42):
See a list of all lesson segments developed for the course, which includes "Described Video" versions of the three student-directed disability videos in
Learn more > NIU Today article
Register for Perspectives on Disability - this online course is free and open to everyone
Disability ALLy & Advocacy ASsociation
DALLAS (Disablity ALLy & Advocacy ASsociation) is a new student association run by and for students with disabilities and their allies. See www.facebook.com/groups/niudasg/.
If you are interested, contact
- Danielle Keys: 815-761-0091
- Alex Fireman: 815-977-1733
New Class - Adapted Physical Activity
KNPE 101 - Section 004 is a new course for Fall 2013. This activity class provides customized exercise and physical activity for students with permanent or temporary disabilities.