BUILD program celebrates 30-year anniversary
For 30 years, UIndy students with learning-related disabilities have been able to find full support in earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree through the BUILD program (short for Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled).
While all students with learning disabilities have reasonable accommodations available to them at no additional charge through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, the BUILD program offers accommodations that are significantly more profound.
“BUILD is a rare program,” says Director Betsy Fouts. “There are a handful of programs like it in the US in 2020. BUILD has been here for 30 years, which shows how innovative UIndy is.”
Fouts says the program has helped approximately 1,400 students be successful in academics and social interactions over the last three decades.
Services provided to students include one-on-one scheduled tutoring and drop-in tutoring, specialized skills courses, adapted test-taking accommodations, and much more.
“I am continually amazed at the determination and perseverance that our students exhibit on a daily basis,” adds BUILD Administrative Assistant Mary Catherine Davis. “They, along with our director and tutoring staff, continually look for creative ways to support and complement their unique learning styles. When some students would be tempted to give up, BUILD students rise to the challenge to ensure academic and social success in their personal journey.”