UNH Recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan with Accessibility Award

UNH Recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan with Accessibility Award

Monday, August 26, 2013
Donna Marie Sorrentino, director of Affirmative Action and Equity; Jim Piet, N.H. Vocational Rehabilitation; President Mark Huddleston; and Gov. Maggie HassanDonna Marie Sorrentino, director of Affirmative Action and Equity; Jim Piet, N.H. Vocational Rehabilitation; President Mark Huddleston; and Gov. Maggie Hassan.

UNH and President Mark Huddleston received an award from the state of New Hampshire for going beyond what is required under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The university was recognized for its accessible campus, policies, programs and services during a ceremony held in Concord July 23.

“The university is pleased to receive this recognition by Governor Hassan. We have much to celebrate, including the hard work and vision of many people over the last few decades; and there is much good work to do still in our quest to be a universally accessible campus community,” says Wendy Beckwith, UNH’s EEO/ADA compliance officer.

UNH was nominated by Jim Piet, public relations specialist for N.H. Vocational Rehabilitation, after he spoke at length with representatives from key campus departments and then toured the university, viewing recent campus barrier removal projects, and the Paul College.

Other award recipients include:

Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church: updated its facility to meet ADA standards, and provide ADA-compliant meeting space.

Strafford County Department of Corrections, Jake Collins, assistant superintendent: demonstrated above and beyond ADA requirements in programs and services for inmates and employees.

Robin Carlson, Rochester community advocate volunteer, leader, educator and direct service provider for individuals and their caretakers in the developmental disability community.