Mary Batchelder is the Office Manager for Student Accessibility Services. Mary coordinates the reception area and is often the first person to interact with students, staff, and faculty who contact Student Accessibility Services to request information or to schedule an appointment. Mary also provides administrative, fiscal, human resources, data management support, and staffs the 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.
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.
Larissa E. Hopkins has been the Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Services since 2011, but is leaving SAS December 12 to engage full time in her new role as an Assistant Dean in Dartmouth's Undergraduate Deans Office. Larissa is a passionate social justice educator who likes to dialogue and teach about issues of privilege and oppression across diverse and intersecting social identities. She is a co-editor of a chapter on Ableism in the anthology Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd Edition. Larissa received her B.A. in Women's Studies and Education from Hamilton College and her M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. Through December 12, Larissa can be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via email at Larissa.E.Hopkins@Dartmouth.edu.
Amy Hotsko has been appointed Student Accessibility Services' new Interim Assistant Director through June, 2015. In this role, she will arrange services and academic adjustments for students with a wide range of disabilities, manage Note-Taking and other Amanuenses services for SAS, and serve as a disability specialist and consultant to students, faculty and staff members, and administrative and academic offices. Amy was a Community Director at Dartmouth College's Office of Residential Education before coming to SAS. She has earlier higher education work experience at the University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and Yonsei University in South Korea. She has experience with teaching, marketing, management, and working with individuals navigating issues related to mental illness. Amy earned her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and a M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. Amy can be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via email at Amy.L.Hotsko@dartmouth.edu.
Sarah McKinney is serving as a part-time SAS Student Advising Professional during the 2015 Winter term. This is supplemental to her regular position as Case Manager in the offices of the Dean of the College, where she works with students encountering sudden challenges including, but not limited to, concussions, injuries, and other medical events. Sarah serves as a disability specialist and consultant to students. She has varied experience working with and advising individuals with disabilities in elementary through postsecondary education and the community, from New Hampshire to Alaska. Sarah earned her B.S. in Kinesiology, with a minor in Social Work, from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in General Special Education from Plymouth State University. Sarah can be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via email at Sarah.McKinney@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 Dartmouth College Classroom Committee, Accessibility Steering Executive Committee, Foreign Language Waiver Committee, and Medical School Committee on Students with Disabilities. For the Dean of the College Division, Ward serves on the Case Management Group, and on 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: 12/3/14