Madonna University | Lions Hearing Fund
For over 25 years Lions Clubs and Lioness Clubs of Michigan have been a significant participant in the success of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) ability to provide quality, meaningful academic support services to Madonna University students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. Because of the involvement of the Lions, the university can continue to award scholarships, purchase the necessary technology and pay service providers who assist in making the students education a rewarding and beneficial experience.
Founded by the Felician Sisters of Livonia, in 1947, Madonna University, an independent liberal arts university, is a Catholic, Franciscan institution of higher learning committed to teaching, scholarship and service. The mission of Madonna University is to instill in its students Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others through a liberal arts education, integrated with career preparation and based on the truths and principles recognized within a Catholic tradition.
In accordance with their mission, the University opened its doors to deaf and hard of hearing persons in 1976 and established the Office of Disability Resources (ODR). Since its inception, the ODR has provided services to over 1000 students with disabilities. Each semester, approximately 100 disabled students receive in-class support services. The university’s area of expertise is the successful integration of deaf and hard of hearing persons into the university setting. Because of the excellent quality of services and an accessible learning environment, blind and visually impaired persons, learning disabled students, and persons who are physically challenged also find Madonna University to be a comfortable, accessible, rewarding higher education experience.
To make the university accessible to deaf and hard of hearing students, the ODR provides Sign Language interpreters, oral interpreters, real time captioning, captioned videos and notetakers. Each semester the university hires 15 to 20 part time interpreters to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students in approximately 60 classes. In addition, over 160 classes have notetakers for disabled students. For those hard of hearing students who can benefit from this equipment, assistive listening devices are also provided. The coordination of student’s schedules, the hiring of part time service providers, and the monitoring of services, is done by the ODR staff. All of these services are paid for and provided free to disabled students by the university.
Madonna University’s successfully integrated learning environment is the result of mutual cooperation and support from the faculty, staff and administration. The University community is committed to providing each student with an opportunity to develop their unique self and share in a fulfilling post-secondary experience. Madonna University welcomes a diverse academic community, one in which people are allowed to discover their own individuality.
The students with a disability, the administration, the faculty, and the staff of the ODR at Madonna University wish to sincerely thank the Lions Club for their continued support. Because of the direct involvement of the Lions Club, deaf and hard of hearing persons, and blind and visually impaired persons are able to obtain a university degree and become productive members of their communities.