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The Student Accessibility Services office is located in the Main Library complex.  SAS staff and physical offices are in different locations:

Alicia Brandon, SAS Assistant Director, and Ward Newmeyer, SAS Director
are in Carson Hall, Suite 125, which also contains the Case Management, First-Year Summer Enrichment, King's Scholar, and Undergraduate Deans offices.
Mary Batchelder, Office Manager; Larry Cusick, Adaptive Technology Specialist; Shannon McMahon and Emma Patrick, Adaptive Technology Assistants; and Megan Nemeroff, Auxiliary Service Coordinator
are in Suite 224, Baker Library, where the Academic Skills Center is also located.


SAS phone number, and to make an appointment, please call (603) 646-9900.


Mailing address:

Student Accessibility Services

6174 Carson Hall, Suite 125

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire 03755 


Physical Deliveries to:  224 Baker Hall


Mary Batchelder is the Office Manager for Student Accessibility Services.  Mary phone reception 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 is located at 224 Baker Library.

Alicia Brandon is Student Accessibility Services' 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's office is in Carson Hall, Suite 125.

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 Specialists (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  Larry's office is in Baker Library, Suite 224.

Shannon McMahon is one of two Student Accessibility Services’ Adaptive Technology Assistants. She co-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 then 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 is located at 224 Baker Library.

Megan Nemeroff is Student Accessibility Services' Auxiliary Services Coordinator. Auxiliary Services refers to services directly provided to a student with a disability by another person, including as note-takers, readers, amanuenses, and laboratory assistants. SAS Note-Taking Services are by far the largest aspect of this. Megan has an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences with a concentration in Communication Disorders, from the University of Connecticut. She brings over five years of business and human resource management experience from the private sector. Megan may be reached at (603) 646-8664 or via e-mail at  Megan is located at 224 Baker Library.

Ward Newmeyer is the Director of Student Accessibility Services and promotes an inclusive, universally designed Dartmouth environment.  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, Classroom Committee, Medical School Committee on Students with Disabilities, Case Management Group, and the Student Affairs Administrative Leadership Team.

Ward’s thirty-nine-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's office is in Carson Hall, Suite 125.


Last Updated: 8/18/16