August 13, 1981
On this day, IUPUI made a three-phase commitment to disabled persons at IUPUI in a resolution honoring the International Year of the Disabled Person, as proclaimed by the United Nations. The resolution, generated by IUPUI chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, pledged IUPUI to provide convenient and effective access to higher education to all who can benefit. As well, the IU Medical Center will continue its research into, treatment, and prevention of disabling conditions. IUPUI also committed to cooperate with other organizations and agencies so that "disabled persons can achieve fuller and better lives."
At that time, IUPUI's "Handicapped Student Services" unit worked to assist disabled students overcome attitudinal and structural impediments to learning. The unit later changed its name to Adaptive Educational Services, which continues to provide support services to students. Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 advanced awareness of the need to accommodate persons with disabilities.
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