Special Education

Your donations will make a difference for the Department of Special Education! We prepare students for careers as 

  • special educators and administrators
  • applied behavior analysts  
  • deaf educators
  • ASL specialists
  • curriculum developers. 

Your donations help us support a variety of the learning experiences for students beyond the academics, including involvement in student and community organizations. 

We are proud of our students and the quality of our alumni and recruit students to help combat the shortage of teachers in over 70% of the school districts in Indiana. Your donations support our recruitment efforts, scholarships, and community outreach programs for children with special needs.

One example of how we ensure that our students and faculty are involved in our community is through the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder. This center generates innovative, time-efficient, and cost-effective treatments that work, so that people with ASD can reach their full potential.

We pride ourselves in providing unique learning opportunities for our students. Our programs utilize cutting edge technologies to equip our students with tools to be successful in the workforce. Our adaptive TEACH Lab provides an opportunity for our students to learn how to incorporate adaptive and assistive technologies into their teaching practices. 

This lab and its success are sustained by your generous donations that are used to purchase and maintain adaptive software and hardware. The BlueBee Pals pictured above were purchased with last year's donations. (To give specifically to the TEACH Lab, choose "TEACH lab" in the menu below.)

Donations that are given to the "general" account help us to continue to  

  • support student scholarships
  • purchase instructional materials 
  • support faculty research through special equipment purchases
  • support faculty professional development. 

It is with the help of your generous donations that we are able to continue to deliver the highest quality special education programs to our students in one of the highest-ranked education programs in the state and beyond.


Please select from the menu below where you would like for your gift to benefit our students. 

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Donors by Location
Rank State Gifts
1 IN 122
2 IL 6
3 OH 4
6,323 Gifts Unlocks $3,000 for the Multicultural Center
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts, $3,000 will be unlocked for the new Multicultural Center!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
Unlock $3,000 for Student Emergency Aid
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts (beating last year's total number of gifts), $3,000 will be unlocked for Student Emergency Aid!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
5 Hours, 5 Areas, $1,000 Each
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7pm-Midnight will each receive $1,000!
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $30,956.02
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $17,061.74
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $9,981.41
4 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning $4,541.68
5 $1,000 Center for Information & Communication Sciences $4,046.26
Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively.
Rank Prize Academic Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,500
2 $4,000 Communication Studies 463
3 $2,000 School of Music 315
4 Modern Languages & Classics 230
5 Miller Business Honors Program 217
College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the most gifts by midnight April 6 will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.
Rank Prize Colleges Gifts
1 $3,000 College of Fine Arts 1,899
2 $2,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 1,292
3 $1,000 Teachers College 952
4 College of Sciences and Humanities 876
5 Miller College of Business 467
Noon Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department, Unit, or Team Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 377
2 Athletics 329
3 The Ball State Fund 161
4 Student Scholarships 109
5 College of Architecture & Planning 102
Most Donors Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by midnight will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 1,292
2 Theatre & Dance 1,023
3 Athletics 888
4 Teachers College 726
5 College of Communication, Information, and Media 708
Top 5 Donor Challenge
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 $1,000 Athletics 888
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 261
4 $1,000 School of Music 191
5 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning 187
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever! The five areas with the most donors between 8pm-11pm will each receive $1,000 for their area!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 323
2 $1,000 Athletics 169
3 $1,000 Miller Business Honors Program 81
4 $1,000 Indiana Academy 62
5 $1,000 Spectrum 61
TEACH Lab Match
Dr. Craig and Dr. Yssel will match gifts made to the Teach LAB fund (on the Department of Special Education page) up to $300 from 9pm-11pm. These funds will be used for purchasing assistive and adaptive technologies to support student learning in the TEACH Lab.
Teachers College Department Leaderboard
Dean Anand Marri will give $500 to the Teachers College department that has the most donors on One Ball State Day!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 Indiana Academy 261
2 Burris Laboratory School 118
3 Special Education 74
4 Elementary Education 62
5 Educational Leadership 55
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