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President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 16, 2009

A new commission will help to promote the empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty, staff and guests with disabilities at UNH.

The President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities joins three existing Boards: the President’s Commission on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues; the President’s Commission on the Status of People of Color; and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. 

The Office of Affirmative Action and Equity developed a proposal to create the fourth committee at President Mark Huddleston’s request.

According to the proposal, “despite activism and the passage of legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, people with disabilities still experience discrimination, segregation and barriers to inclusion in mainstream society.”

The new commission will advise the president and other campus officials on disability–related issues, policies, services, attitudes and practices on campus.

One goal of the group is the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of university life.

Commission members include:

Ruth Abelmann, associate director of Residential Life
Daniela Adler (co-chair), associate director for Center For Academic Resources
Vilmarie Sanchez, Human Resources
Lonn Sattler, Registrars Office, veterans’ coordinator
Carol Swiech (co-chair), academic counselor/disability coordinator
Dirk Timmons, director of transportation
Terri Winters, director academic technology

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