Northeast Passage Group

Status of People with Disabilities

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The mission of the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities is to promote empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff and guests with disabilities at the University of New Hampshire. The Commission acknowledges that people with disabilities are a diverse group that includes individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities.

 


The mission of the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities is to promote empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff and guests with disabilities at the University of New Hampshire.  The Commission acknowledges that people with disabilities are a diverse group that includes individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities.

The Commission shall provide a forum for discussion and assessment of disability-related issues and opportunities that are relevant for the campus and larger community.  In addition, the Commission shall advise the President and the Associate Vice President of the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity on disability–related issues, policies, services, attitudes and practices on campus.  This mission is motivated by the belief that people with disabilities are assets to our community, adding value and diversity to our living, working and learning environment.

The Commission reviews its membership at the end of the spring semester. Candidates for membership (faculty, staff and students) are recommended by the Commission and appointed by the University President. If you are interested in applying for membership please contact us.

Members of the Commission

  • Tobey Partch-Davies, Commission Co-Chair, Project Director Poverty and Disability, Institute on Disability
  • Mike Shuttic, Commission Co-Chair, Director, Disability Services for Students
  • Doug Bencks, Director, Campus Planning
  • Cathy Coakley, Coordinator, Student Athletic Development, Department of Athletics
  • Rachel Coleman, Housing Senator, Graduate Student Senate
  • Karen Gilbert, Director of Military and Veterans Services
  • Michelle Grenier, Health & Physical Education Option Coordinator, Dept of Kinesiology
  • Tanya Hakala, Web Communications Specialist, COLSA
  • Justin Kennedy, Residence Hall Director
  • Stephanie Kirylych, Director of Academic Counseling, UNHM
  • Eric Kulberg, Conduct Coordinator, Community Standards office
  • Kimberly Marsh, Benefits Manager, Human Resources
  • Jeff Parsons, Transportation Operations Manager, University Transportation Services
  • James Piet, Community Member, State of NH Dept of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Joelle R. Ryan, Senior Lecturer, Women's Studies
  • Vilmarie Sanchez, Program Manager, NH Listens, Carsey School of Public Policy
  • Michael Saputo, Assistant Director of Housing
  • Tara Scholder, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions
  • Judy Stevens, Health Educator/Community Health Nurse, Health Services
  • Julie Thorpe, Residential Hall Director, Office of Residential Life

Ex-officio Members

  • Wendy Beckwith, EEO/ADA Compliance Officer, Affirmative Action and Equity Office
  • Sylvia Foster, Educational Program Coordinator, Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
  • Janice Pierson, Administrative Coordinator, Office of Community, Equity and Diversity

It's About Everybody

Accessible UNH

Therese Willkomm showing adaptations of product holders

info on student support, accommodations, dining & housing, communication, etc.

UNH Accessibility Map

Panel Discussion with students held in March 2015

  • Anonymous photo

    Anonymous

    "One of the most difficult parts of living with an invisible illness is the stigma associated with it. Are we sick? Are we faking it? Only we can make that call. Our feelings are subjective to our own experiences, so it can be difficult to connect with or understand if you do not have a chronic illness."

  • Josh Crary

    Josh Crary '10

    Blind Runner Takes on Boston Marathon Challenge

    Born with Choroideremia (CHM), a rare, inherited eye disorder that causes retinal deterioration and blindness, Josh Crary, a graduate of UNH, faces life's challenges with enthusiasm and shares his perspectives on growing up with a disability.

  • Monica Quimby

    Monica Quimby '09

    Monica sustained a spinal cord injury in a skiing accident, she now works as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Maine Community College and works as an advocate for people with disabilities.

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