Mary Batchelder is the Office Manager for Student Accessibility Services. Mary coordinates the reception area and is often the first person interact with students, staff, and faculty members who contact Student Accessibility Services to request information or to schedule an appointment. Mary also provides administrative, fiscal, human resource, and data management support, and she staffs Dartmouth College's Foreign Language Waiver Committee. Mary has been with Dartmouth College since March of 1996, working for the Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Project and the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education. You may reach Mary by calling (603) 646-9900 or e-mailing her at Mary.F.Batchelder@Dartmouth.edu.
Alicia Brandon is Student Accessibility Services' new (as of August 31, 2015) Assistant Director. Alicia manages SAS auxiliary and technical services systems, and provides direct services to students with disabilities. She brings over twenty years of teaching and administration experience specializing in the support of students with disabilities and promoting awareness of neurodiversity and universal design in pedagogy. Most of her post-secondary experience is at Landmark College, where she was an Associate Professor; Chair of the Education Department; Lead Education Specialist and Project Director at the Landmark College Institute for Research & Training; Director of Pre-College Programs; Interim Chair of the Social Sciences Department; Chair of the Self and Community Department; and an Academic Advisor. Alicia also has extensive experience in K-12 education for individuals with disabilities, most recently as the Special Education Coordinator/Supervisor for Brattleboro Union High School and the Brattleboro Area Middle School in Vermont. Alicia has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from the University of Vermont, and a Master's in Education from the Antioch New England Graduate School. Alicia may be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via e-mail at Alicia.J.Brandon@Dartmouth.edu.
Larry Cusick is Student Accessibility Services' Adaptive Technology Specialist. He manages SAS technology-related services overall and is responsible for researching, training, and managing the delivery of adaptive technology and software. Major responsibilities include arranging the delivery of quality remote captioning services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students; supervising document conversion process managed by the Adaptive Technology Specialist, Shannon McMahon (see below); and supporting SAS internal data and information systems. Larry works individually with students to help students assess and utilize the most supportive technological options. Larry received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Purchase College in New York State. He has been with SAS since September, 2006. Larry can be reached at (603) 646-8648 or via e-mail at Lawrence.C.Cusick@Dartmouth.edu.
Shannon McMahon is Student Accessibility Services’ Adaptive Technology Assistant. She manages the Document Conversion Services, which prepares course and other academic materials in alternate formats as needed by students. This includes digital text, audio output ("text-to-speech" technology), Braille, tactile representations, and the like. Before coming to Dartmouth, Shannon was an Adaptive Technology Trainer and JAWS Instructor at the District of Columbia Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division and, most recently, an Assistive Technology Trainer at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and an Assistive Technology Specialist at TCS Associates. She has a B.A. from the University of Redlands (California) and a M.S. in Library Studies from the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.). Shannon may be reached at (603) 646-1031 or via e-mail at Shannon.N.McMahon@Dartmouth.edu.
Ward Newmeyer is the Director of Student Accessibility Services. Ward advises students with disabilities, authorizes and arranges services and academic adjustments, and manages the Student Accessibility Services department. He consults for faculty, administration, and student groups about disability-related issues and advocates for equal opportunities and routine, full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Dartmouth community. He serves on the Foreign Language Waiver Committee, Medical School Committee on Students with Disabilities, Case Management Group, and the Student Affairs Administrative Leadership Team.
Ward’s thirty-eight-year career in higher education and disability has been primarily at the University of California’s Davis (his alma mater) and Berkeley campuses. After sixteen years in their service programs for students with disabilities, Ward was the ADA/504 Compliance Officer at U.C. Berkeley. He came to Dartmouth in 2006. Ward was President of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. He has served on various other boards, committees, and the like, ranging from regional to international in scope. He has published over 75 articles on disability-related matters and provided over 70 presentations, workshops, trainings, and the like at state, regional, national, and international conferences. Ward may be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via e-mail at Ward.Newmeyer@Dartmouth.edu.
Last Updated: 8/23/15