Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Ralph McFarland

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Ralph McFarland

Supporting Students with Disabilities
Ralph McFarland plays a vital role in ensuring Islanders with disabilities triumph over challenges on their way to earning their degrees. Each year, the assistant director of Disability Services meets with a growing number of students with learning, psychological, visual, hearing, physical and other disabilities seeking academic accommodations such as sign language interpreters, assistive computer technology, textbooks in alternate format, and exam services. McFarland, who sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, is also a resource for overall campus accessibility and for faculty in accommodating students in their classrooms. McFarland, who was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Ithaca, N.Y., became an Islander in 2006 after supporting students with disabilities at Humboldt State University and Cal State, Northridge. McFarland, who in the past has directed and coordinated various wheelchair sports camps, is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, and the Disability Training Network. On campus, he's on the Disability Advisory Council and serves as a Staff Advisory Council representative. In addition, he is involved with the Project Advisory Committee's Texas State-Wide Youth Leadership Forum and the Disability Mentoring Program. In 1990 McFarland became a member of the New Christy Minstrels and enjoyed a brief professional music career. McFarland enjoys making homemade pizza with his three children, playing guitar and writing songs.

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