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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 scholarships, involvement in student and community organizations, and research.  

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 and adults 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. To give specifically to this effort, choose Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Programs from the links below.  

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. 

$25,000 Surprise Challenge
$750,000 will unlock $25,000 for Student Emergency Aid, Student Scholarships, Cardinal Kitchen, Cardinal Excellence Fund, and SOAR. Each area will receive $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
Morning Challenge
From 8 - 11 a.m., five donors will be selected at random and $1,000 will be given to the fund their gift went to.
First Student, Employee, Alumni, & Parent Challenge
The first student, employee, parent, and alumni donor will each receive $250 given to the fund their gift went to.
Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight April 6 receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,082
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 409
3 $1,000 School of Music 163
4 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication 160
5 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 127
Evening Leaderboard
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7-11:59pm each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $38,306.54
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy $14,305.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $11,450.22
4 $1,000 Alumni Programs $5,770.00
5 $1,000 Black Alumni Constituent Society $4,180.00
First Five!
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 academic areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
Tag & Swag Social Media Challenge
Take a selfie with any of our Leadership cut outs and post social using #OneBallState. Four individuals will be randomly chosen to designate $250 to a fund of their choice.
Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 812
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 633
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 278
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 184
5 $1,000 School of Music 126
Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 161
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 149
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 50
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 47
5 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 27
Teachers College Leaderboard
The Teachers College department with the most improved number of gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $250 for third place from Dean Marri.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $500 Educational Studies +179.17% 67
goal: 24
2 $250 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies +37.50% 55
goal: 40
3 $250 Elementary Education +18.31% 84
goal: 71
4 Educational Leadership -15.38% 55
goal: 65
5 Special Education -50.99% 74
goal: 151
International Alum Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get $500 in challenge funds designated to the fund their gift went to.
General Counsel Match
Sali Falling will match gifts made by General Counsel employees up to $500.
Teachers College $15,000 Match
The first $15,000 given to support the Teachers College will be matched by BSU Grad Tom Murphy for a total of up to $15,000, which will benefit future educators.
$15,000 MATCHED
College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Rank Prize College % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Honors College +17.39% 108
goal: 92
2 $2,000 College of Health +12.42% 335
goal: 298
3 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning -7.93% 209
goal: 227
4 Teachers College -10.92% 848
goal: 952
5 Miller College of Business -12.21% 410
goal: 467
Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council!
College Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 855
2 Teachers College 721
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 659
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media 629
5 Miller College of Business 387
Ambassador Challenge
The three units/departments with the most verified ambassadors, with dollars raised, receives $1,000.
Facebook Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
Twitter Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Twitter and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
Noon Leaderboard
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 296
2 Athletics 272
3 Indiana Academy 130
4 Ball State Fund 107
5 Student Scholarships 86
Dean Cutout Selfie Challenge
Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will donate $100 for each dean who takes a selfie with her cut out and/or the cut out of another dean and posts it to social media using #OneBallState on April 5. This total gift of up to $5,000 will benefit the University College.
Last Hour Challenge
Give during the last hour of OBSD and you could be one of three donors chosen to designate an extra $1,000 to the area you gave to.
Ball State University Foundation Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby & Ray Allen will give a total of $1,000.
Enrollment Planning & Management Employee Challenge
If the number of enrollment planning, and management employees who donate is greater than last year, Vice President Paula Luff will donate $2,000 to Student Emergency Aid Fund.
IT Employee Match
Loren Malm will match gifts made by IT division employees up to $500.
Donors by Location
Rank State Gifts
1 IN 59
2 OH 2
2 KY 2
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