Temple University

Author: Safia Abdulahi

Inside Higher Ed – Jeanne Zweig, a Temple University alumna with cerebral palsy gave the institution nearly $11 million to fund scholarships for students with physical disabilities. Zweig’s funds will be used at Temple “to assist current students who can incur higher college-related expenses related to their disability for such things as assistive technology, or note-takers or interpreters, or for housing that can accommodate large medical equipment.”

When Zweig was a student in 1953, disability services on college campuses were few and far between. However, Zweig was able to thrive in the classroom and built a successful career. Abdulahi writes, Zweig now “credits her time at Temple” as the reason for her accomplishments.

Temple University has a strong track record for supporting students with disabilities. The University has already been supported by numerous foundations and endowments. Most notably, Temple’s Institute on Disabilities is reportedly “one of the 67 University Centers for Excellence in developmental Disabilities Education (UCEDD), which facilitates the flow of disability-related information between communities and universities.” Temple’s continued commitment to inclusivity and Zweig’s funds will leave a lasting mark on Temple’s longstanding presence and efforts in the disability community.  Read more.